Brandon Flowers has never been shy about his new wave influences, from his guyliner back in the day, to the fact The Killers took their name from a New Order video. Playing a solo show April 14 at the Troubador in LA, he busted out a cover of one of his favorites.
Towards the middle of the set, Flowers covered INXS‘ “Don’t Change,” a single off the Australian band’s third album, Shabooh Shoobah. According to Hit Fix, Flowers told the crowd the first band poster he ever bought was an INXS poster. He also said, “One of the things most profound about INXS is this song we’re about to cover — it has such a strong identity… “[‘Don’t Change’] is on their first record, and they seemed to really know who they were. You don’t really hear that a lot anymore.”
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It was technically on their third record (their first two were only released in Australia), but we’ll give you a pass, Brandon, because you’ve dropped some really good singles so far on your new solo album The Desired Effect. It comes out May 19 on Island.
According to Setlist.fm, Flowers also played four Killers songs (including “Mr. Brightside”), in addition to a bunch of solo tracks.