No Surprises as the Killers Rock LouFest: Review, Photos, Setlist

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Theo Welling
The Killers at LouFest

Posturing aside, the Killers' set was heavy on singles -- a bit of a change from Wilco, which closed the previous night by including quite a few gems and long-lost fan favorites in its setlist. The recognizable tunes worked out well for the fist-pumping audience, whose demographics seemed a bit more broad than for most shows. "Wow! We obviously don't come here enough!" Flowers told the audience after "From Here on Out."

And while the band sounded as strong as ever, they played pretty faithfully to the album versions of their songs. Flowers threw in a few extra call-and-response segments or a new run of notes every once in a while, but when we closed our eyes, we generally felt like we were listening to CDs while dancing with 20,000 of our sweaty best friends. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but we expected a little more variation or experimentation during the show.

But what the Killers did, they nailed. The military stage decor was centered around Battle Born -- the name of the band's 2012 album and recording studio as well as the phrase found on the flag for Nevada, which the Killers call home. Visually, the set was stunning, with an arresting light show that worked perfectly with individual songs and a lightning bolt-shaped keyboard stand for Flowers that changed colors throughout the night. With a spectacular curtain of pyrotechnics and sparks, the Killers closed the show with "When You Were Young" from 2006's Sam's Town.

Sure, Flowers and the gang seemed to deliver the LouFest audience to heaven, but we can't help but think that a few musical surprises would have sent the festival's end further into the stratosphere.

SETLIST

Mr. Brightside
Spaceman
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
Shadowplay
Miss Atomic Bomb
Human
Somebody Told Me
I Think We're Alone Now
For Reasons Unknown
From Here on Out
A Dustland Fairytale
Read My Mind
Runaways
All These Things That I've Done
When You Were Young

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Hairy situation - Dear girl-with-the-long-thick-braid-that-kept-going-into-our-mouth-or-slapping-us-in-the-face-every-time-you-jumped: CONTAIN THAT SHIT!

Potty time - According to the older guys behind us, concertgoers should warn people if they plan to poop in the portable toilets. Um, ok.

Shiny - Flowers told us that Las Vegas, from where the band hails, is called "the Jewel of the Mojave." #TheMoreYouKnow

See Also:
- "I Didn't Get Any Sex" - Things Overheard During the National's Set at LouFest
- Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist
- Alabama Shakes' Commanding and Powerful LouFest Set Belied Its Youth

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javier24poker
javier24poker

The extended opening to "Somebody Told Me" is amazing.

javier24poker
javier24poker

The extended opening to "Somebody Told Me" is amazing!

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Need a second water bottle filling station. The Killers were not great, they came on 10-15 minutes late and played their hit song first.. so people would leave right after on a Sunday? Would be nice to have a few cops preventing smash & grabs too.

Cate
Cate

It was a music festival. Bands would be idiots if they played anything but a single-heavy set. Their own shows are definitely different, and the ways they've changed the songs are more apparent in an indoor venue.

allison.babka
allison.babka topcommenter

@Cate Like I mentioned in the review, I have no problem with playing the singles - especially at a large festival with broad demographics. But having seen The Killers a number of times over the past 10+ years -- including at small, indoor venues -- I stand by my assessment that the band generally doesn't deviate from the way they play songs on the albums. The shows are spectacular to watch and listen to, but there aren't many surprises in terms of notes, snippets, etc.

Thanks for reading.

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