The Killers wrote “Mr. Brightside” about a jealous guy, but in a new viral video, their 2004 hit has taken on a new form of heartache.
Back on March 24, a group of mourners headed to a pub in County Kerry, Ireland for a wake to send off their friend Ger “Farmer” Foley, who had died at age 45 of cystic fibrosis. A charismatic fellow named Brian O’Sullivan pulled himself on top of the bar and led the congregation in a rousing sing-along of “Mr. Brightside” — apparently the go-to anthem to hail Mr. Foley.
“[Ger] is salt of the earth, he will never be replaced, but we will remember him forever in our lives,” O’Sullivan declares.
“I’ve been doing this song for a few years but I haven’t done it for a couple of years up on this counter. It’s the most appropriate song that you could ever get for this man.”
By March 27, the Killers took notice. Check out their response, along with the video below:
— The Killers (@thekillers) March 27, 2016
The anglophile rockers (who also know a good Irish celebration when they see one) are currently working on their fifth studio album. The Killers have reportedly spent time working with Elton John, and we think they’d be smart to consider a little collaboration with Brian O’Sullivan, too.