Date: April 28, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Artist: The Killers
Opening Act(s): The Felice Brothers
I loved The Killers when they first started getting radio play in 2004. “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” were very catchy. But after awhile they were on the radio so much I started to turn the channel every time one of their songs came on the radio – a lot like when I hear an Adele song today.
Still, when I saw they were touring I had to get a ticket to the show as I had not yet seen them perform live. I was not disappointed. Their stage set up included an amazing light show with lasers and pyrotechnics and huge LED screen behind them.
Brandon Flowers didn’t rely on the special effects to entertain the crowd. He worked the stage from end to end. There was a riser at the front of the stage that Brandon would stand on so that people in the back could see him. I love when bands do this. It just shows that they are also fans and remember what it was like to go to see a band and not be able to see because of taller people standing in front of you. At one point he went into the crowd (between the barricade and the stage) and shook hands with fans.
They sounded great as they performed their biggest hits – “When You Were Young”, “Smile Like You Mean It”, “Somebody Told Me” as well as several songs from their current album “Battle Born”. We were also treated to a cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” originally performed by Tommy James & the Sondells before it was covered by Tiffany.
The Killers ended the pre-encore part of the show with a confetti explosion of Ks and thunderbolts after “All These Things That I’ve Done”. They came back to perform three additional songs including “Mr. Brightside” and the title track of their current album “Battle Born”.
The night ended with Brandon Flowers introducing the entire band including the two people that performed with them, but are not officially part of the band. They all came together at the end of the show to take a bow. I love when bands do this. It shows camaraderie and is something that bands used to do back in the day. You don’t see it as often today.
The Felice Brothers opened up. They were fine. I didn’t have a strong opinion about them either way.