The Killers Lose Battle With Sore Throat, Cancel Shows
The Killers had to cut short a concert in their "musical home" of Manchester, UK on Tuesday night after four songs when it became clear frontman Brandon Flowers wasn't going to be able to sing.
"I'm sorry I've never had to do this before but we've gotta stop. I can't sing," he said, causing a confused reaction from the sold-out Manchester Arena. "I don't know what else to tell you. I'm sorry. It's frustrating for me, I'm sorry. I promise that we will come back."
As his bandmates shuffled around onstage, Flowers told the crowd that they had looked forward to coming to Manchester, "This is our musical home, I'm sorry." He also noted that Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook was there. "We wanted to play for him. We wanted to play for you."
A spokesperson for the arena told the Manchester Evening News that Flowers was suffering from a sore throat. The band also canceled tonight's show at the same venue, and in a Facebook post, vowed to reschedule.
"Manchester, we started something we couldn't finish and we're so, so sorry," they said. "Working on rescheduling tonight and tomorrow's shows. Will let you know new dates ASAP."
According to NME, the band's shows at London's O2 Arena on Friday and Saturday will go on as planned.
The Killers released their fourth studio album, "Battle Born," in September. The set debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 113,000 copies in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.