The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years.
Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into the small confines of New York's Webster Hall on Monday night (July 23) to play their first concert in the Big Apple in three years and officially kick off their promotional run for their forthcoming fourth album, Battle Born. In front of a faux-starry backdrop and navigating their set through a series of lasers and strobe lights, Brandon Flowers and co. efficiently rolled through the hits and four new tracks, including their U2-esque new single, "Runaways."
Joie Manda, president of Def Jam Recordings, and Jonathan Cohen, former Billboard editor and current music booker for " Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," were on hand to watch the Island group unfurl its latest anthems. Also spotted in the confines of Webster Hall were producer Steve Lillywhite (who helmed Dave Matthews Band's own upcoming rock full-length, Away From The World); Bowery Presents' John Moore; Press Here publicists Linda Carbone, Chloe Walsh, Jen Appel and Joey Primero; Seth Seigle from William Morris; and Fenway Recordings founder Mark Kates. Meanwhile, huddled in the back of Webster Hall was a gaggle of New York music scribes covering the action on notepads, including the Village Voice's Maura Johnston, eMusic's J. Edward Keyes, Rolling Stone contributor Miriam Coleman and SPIN contributor/former Billboard editor Evie Nagy.
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers regaling his fans in the crowd.
"You may not realize it," Flowers told the euphoric crowd halfway through the set, "but for a few boys from Las Vegas, it's intimidating to play in front of this." By that point, Flowers had already stripped off the leather jacket he sported during their opener, "Runaways," and had plowed through Hot Fuss standouts like "Somebody Told Me" and "Smile Like You Mean It" in a collared blue t-shirt. The frontman spent much of the set stalking around the stage, pounding his chest and tinkering with synthesizers placed behind a light-up lightning bolt resembling the logo on the Battle Born album cover; meanwhile, the male-leaning audience raised their hands up for "Human's" still-patently-ridiculous chorus and let loose a few bro-hugs during the last song of the evening, Sam's Town single "When You Were Young."
The Killers performed new tracks off upcoming album Battle Born.
Of the new material, "Miss Atomic Bomb" and "From Here On Out" chugged ahead at an even pace, while "Flesh and Bone" adopted an epic, Springsteensian vibe. "What are you afraid of?" Flowers sang on the latter track, before hollering, "And what are you made of!" as Dave Keuning's guitar crashed down upon his fiery vocals.
Battle Born, the follow-up to 2008's Day and Age, is due out Sept. 18. "Runaways" debuted at No. 22 on last week's Rock Songs chart.