Now this was a night out. The Killers went home to Las Vegas Wednesday, April 6th, as headliners for opening night at the new T-Mobile Arena. Shamir, Blue Man Group and Wayne Newton were also featured performers for the night.
After an introduction from Jimmy Kimmel, the Vegas natives opened with “Mr. Brightside”. There were a few cameos that came on stage for the 22-song set. Blue Man Group joined in on the rock-fest playing their trademark drums during a rendition of the band’s hit “Human”. Later in the set Wayne Newton joined the boys for a cover of the Chuck Berry classic “Johnny B Goode”, and Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons, traded verses of “Jenny Was A Friend of Mine”. The show closed out with everyone coming back on stage along with showgirls, Carrot Top with a plastic confetti gun, and Cirque-like performers for a cover of “Viva Las Vegas”.
Collaboration seems to be in the air for the band, with Elton John recently revealing that he’s planning on writing with The Killers singer Brandon Flowers for the band’s new album.
The Killers’ last album was 2012’s Battle Born; with Flowers releasing a solo album, The Desired Effect, in May 2015.
In an interview earlier this year, Flowers told NME that fans would be able to hear new music “at the end of 2016 maybe”, and Elton John told Shazam in February that he’s hopefully going to be involved in the project.
John stated: “I’m hoping to go to Vegas and write with Brandon for the new Killers record… So that’ll be interesting.”
Discussing how the process of songwriting has changed for him over the years, the frontman said: “When you get older you get more accustomed to doing it and it gets harder in a way. It’s easier to write a song and finish a song now than when we used to really slave over it and the songs would be too long or we don’t know exactly what we’re doing.”
“Now it’s more second nature [but] it’s harder to sift through what’s terrible and what’s great, because it’s so easy to complete a song. So I think that’s where you get a lot of bands being complacent and just going through the motions.”
Flowers added: “You get a lot of bands that don’t do great things later on, and so hopefully because I’m aware of that we can really do something better and something great this time.”
With Flowers and John being such proven hit-makers, we here at RMW can’t wait to hear the proposed co-writing project.