Concert Review: Smoke, Lasers, Energy Mark Killers' St Paul Show

Updated: 02/18/2014 9:55 AM By: Sarina Long

The Killers play The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium on August 1, 2013
The Killers play The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium on August 1, 2013

The Killers opened their show at The Roy Wilkins in a unique way. They walked onstage without much fanfare, played a pumped up version of "Mr. Brightside," but kept the house lights on.

Brandon Flowers didn't talk much throughout the night but the first thing he said to fans was, "St Paul, it kind of feels like a Friday or Saturday night. So what do we usually do on a Friday night? We dance. Did you bring your dancin' shoes."

The band then played "From Here On Out" a rockabilly song from their latest album, "Battle Born".

The Killers did a nice job of mixing some of the new stuff on their latest album with their more familiar hits throughout the night.

The crowd went wild during "Human" and a slightly faster-than-usual "Somebody Told Me."

Flowers and his guitarist surprised fans with a snippet of Prince's "Purple Rain." Looking around the room I saw plenty of fans recording the brief cover.

The set seemed stark at first but it didn't take long before the crowd experienced everything from a colorful laser light show, fireworks, confetti in the shape of K's & lightning bolts, and huge flames of fire.

They pyrotechnic display late in the show quickly filled The Roy Wilkins, making it hard to see during the last song of the encore but the hot and sweaty crowd didn't seem to mind.

Flowers is a huge Springsteen fan and besides the obvious song playing at the end of the night, Flowers also makes plenty of reference to the band's hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. If you've ever been to a Springsteen show you hear him reference New Jersey often.

Before doing a few band intros, Flowers said to the crowd, "People tend to think what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but that's not true. Otherwise, The Killers wouldn't be here tonight."

I had a chance to talk with a young fan, 16-year-old Noah from Inver Grove Heights, at the end of the night and found out this was his first concert.

"It was awesome. My favorite moment of the night was at the beginning of the night when they came out playing 'Mr. Brightside.' When I hear live versions of songs on the radio, I don't think they're that good so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did."

The Killers will play at Lollapalooza tonight in Grant Park along with Nine Inch Nails.  

Set list:
Mr. Brightside


The Way It Was

Smile Like You Mean It

Human intro / Bling (Confession of a King)

Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)

Miss Atomic Bomb


Somebody Told Me

For Reasons Unknown

From Here On Out

A Dustland Fairytale

Purple Rain (Prince cover)

Read My Mind


All These Things That I've Done

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

When You Were Young

Battle Born