The Killers' Battle Born Tour in Miami: Fireworks, Tight Pants, and Nostalgic Moments


Then came "For Reasons Unknown," during which Flowers introduced the faces behind the music.

"I brought my dancing shoes," he quipped. "Dave, did you bring your dancing shoes?" And after the guitarist finished riffing away, Flowers responded, "In guitar speak, that's a yes. Vannucci, did you happen to bring them?" And following a minute-long freestyle session of jaw-dropping beats and rolls, Flowers told the crowd, "In Vegas, that's a hell yeah."

From there, the musical madness just kept on, right through "From Here On Out" which was followed by other hits from Day & Age, Battle Born, and more Hot Fuss.


The gig was a smooth ride until the end of "All These Things That I've Done" when the guys just walked off the stage without saying a word. During those two anticlimactic minutes, the fans were left scratching their heads wondering if the show had just ended.

Worries subsided when Flowers and the rest of the crew returned with Donald Cumming and Xan Aird of the Virgins, and went all folky with "Albuquerque," before going back to Hot Fuss with "Change Your Mind" and then some Battle Born.

With explosions of fire, confetti, and all, Vannucci went drum stick crazy throwing 'em at the crowd and Flowers gave his adios.


"You may have experienced thunder and rumble in your chest. No need for concern, I felt it too. That was Vannucci on the drums. You may have also felt sensations in places in your body you didn't even know existed. No need to be ashamed, I felt it too. You could thank Mark on the bass... And they call us the Killers and we're from fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada."

On cue, more fireworks burst and the guys put on an explosive performance (pun intended) of "Battle Born."

Just when the crowd thought it was all over (for a second time), Flowers said, "We have some unfinished business." Damn right, they did. And with that, they capped the show with "When You Were Young," looked yonder over the crowd one last time, and walked off the stage.

Mixed views aside, you gotta admit Flowers and his fellow Killers have a way with their music. Maybe it's their nostalgic appeal or their ability to keep fans on their toes with their performances. Whatever it is, they proved they still got it.

Critic's Notebook

The Killers Setlist:

-"Mr. Brightside"
-"The Way It Was"
-"This River Is Wild"
-"Bling (Confessions of a King)"
-"Miss Atomic Bomb"
-"Somebody Told Me"
-"I Think We're Alone Now"
-"For Reasons Unknown"
-"From Here On Out"
-"A Dustland Fairytale"
-"All These Things That I've Done"
-"Albuquerque" with the Virgins
-"Change Your Mind"
-"Battle Born"

-"When You Were Young"

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Location Info


American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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You start the final paragraph with "Mixed views aside" but I didn't see any mixed views anywhere in the review. Did someone forget to proof read?


Tiffany stole that song from Tommy James and the Shondells and The Killers are taking it back! Brandon plays bass! Miami fans didn't get the memo! After "All These Things I've Done," they immediate walk off stage, so they can come back to do an encore.That's just another example that Miami people are idiots. Example: Heat fans leaving before Game 6 of the 2012 NBA Finals ends! Lmao!!!!!


"This River Is Wild" is not a new single. It's from their 2nd album, Sam's Town. Flowers also never played the guitar, but he did play the bass during "For Reasons Unknown."

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