The Killers' Battle Born Tour in Miami: Fireworks, Tight Pants, and Nostalgic Moments
Courtesy of The Killers The Killers' Brandon Flowers at the AAA in Miami.
With the Virgins
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Saturday, August 17, 2013
It was the final show on the Battle Born tour. And the Killers definitely saved the best (and by best, we mean the 305) for last.
As Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci, Dave Keuning, and the rest of the touring crew made their entrance at the American Airlines Arena, young and old rockers with ponytails and Metallica t-shirts, plaid button-downs and Converse sneakers, and chicks in tight leather skirts and heeled ankle boots threw their hands in the air, jumped up and down, and sang along to "Mr. Brightside."
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Appropriately enough, the arena lights shone bright on the audience and revealed the Killers' hyped-up crowd of willing victims, including the night's most flamboyant fan, wearing a long-sleeved, red-and-white-striped top underneath a white Killers t-shirt with navy blue lighting strikes.
Then the lights went out, except for flashes as the thousands of assembled fanatics snapped pics of frontman Flowers crooning away, equally flamboyant, in his tight black capris, combat boots, and a navy-and-white printed button-down.
"What's up, Miami?" he asked as the audience cheered. "It's been a while... Now let's test your Hot Fuss knowledge." And as soon as catchy synths started up and drums began beating, the crowd already knew they were gonna jam to "Smile Like You Mean It."
Flowers then introduced another favorite, "This River Is Wild." before being interrupted by an overeager Vannucci who came in a bit early. "I wasn't finished yet," Flowers said, jokingly staring down the drummer.
When the music finally began in earnest, Flowers, being such a multi-talented guy, alternated over the course of several songs between vocals, bass guitar, and synth, ending up at the keyboard, where he remained until the intro of "Bling (Confessions of a King)."
There weren't many stage props, but the lighting, effects, and Flowers' energetic and interactive stage presence was more than enough to keep the crowd screaming. The next couple of songs were accompanied by a laser light show that changed with the tempo of the music. But the most impressive effect was the firework show that erupted during the performance of "Miss Atomic Bomb."
After a few more Day & Age and Hot Fuss hits, including "Human" and the ever-popular "Somebody Told Me," the guys threw in a little surprise: a performance of Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now." And yes, the Killers killed it.