I know it might be cliché, but my favorite concert that I’ve attended was my favorite band,
the Killers. To be clear, I really haven’t seen very many concerts because I don’t really like
dense, hot and sweaty crowds unless it’s for a band I really, really like. But this show really took
me away. Whether I’m playing or attending a show, I always prefer to feel transported away
from reality. Just for this hour or so, I don’t want to think about anything happening in the real
world. That’s how I want the fans to feel at one of our shows. The freedom to jump around and
cry at the same time with no judgment. That’s how I felt at The Killers concert.
They were playing at the Staples Center in L.A. and my friend, Megan Holiday, had some free
tickets that she gave me. I was so ready to see them up close because I had seen them once
before but I was kind of far away. They had an amazing set design reminiscent of a Broadway
show almost, but in the best way. When the first song started, smoke had filled the stage. The
band was playing as Brandon Flowers emerged from the back of the stage by the drum kit. It
was the most badass entrance. He stood there silhouetted with smoke in front of him while the
crowd screamed. It was so needlessly dramatic but they owned it in an almost dorky way which
I loved. The perfect balance of taking yourself seriously but not too seriously. Then he walked
through the smoke revealing his face with his silly smile and then the rest was just fun.
The band, especially Brandon and drummer, Ronnie, lit up the arena with their stage presence.
Brandon constantly strutted like a god who knew he wasn’t as smooth as Elvis. Something
about that is so appealing to me. The perfect imperfection of it all. And not to mention the
music alone and how good they sounded.
My favorite part was when they played “Andy You’re A Star.” That song may not be known to
everybody, but if you’re a Killers fan, you know it’s a good once to scream at the top of your
lungs. But, because it’s not very “mainstream,” I expected them to play it at the beginning of
the set. So as the night went on, I started to accept that they probably weren’t going to play it.
Until they did as one of their last songs. The whole stage when black and red when the guitar
shook the arena. I don’t ever get “giddy” at a concert but I did when they played that because it
felt like a saving grace when all hope for them playing the song felt lost. My night was officially
made. It felt like they knew fans would feel the same way I did. Maybe the band did that on
purpose maybe they didn’t. It’s definitely something I would do. It just felt as though they were
thinking about how the crowd would feel and not just putting on a show. I appreciated that.
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