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The Killers, Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne, 14th November 2007)

The Killers, Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne, 14th November 2007)

And so it came down to the last show of the entire Sam’s Town tour, here in little ol’ Melbourne. Nice of them to end it here.

As veterans of some hardcore queuing for General Admission at U2‘s shows last year, we decided to have a crack again, getting to the venue about an hour before gates opening and joining the STAGGERINGLY LARGE queue of about, oh, 15 people. A leisurely stroll to get our wristbands, a seat outside Door 5 for about an hour, and finally we had our spot on the floor 1 back from the rail and in front of the spot where Killers bass player Mark Stoermer would crack a smile for the very first time in 5 years. But more of that later.

This time we got to see support act Louis XIV and they weren’t bad at all. The bloke who looked a bit like the bloke from ABBA (I can’t remember if it was Benny or Bjorn. i think Benny) had a ridiculous voice but he only sang on a few tunes. Killers drummer Ronnie Vanucci grabbed a guitar and joined in on a couple of songs, much to the delight of those who didn’t think he was a homeless bloke.

Howling Bells were still shit.

This time we didn’t just see the glitter, we got covered in the stuff. 30 seconds into the show and this was already a very different experience to the previous night. An incredible version of Sam’s Town fed beautifully into Enterlude, and then the roof was blown off byWhen You Were Young. This was already a massive concert pushing the bounds of my Top 5s… 

A couple of changes to the set, the best of which being the inclusion of the new tuneTranquilized which, while a duet with Lou Reed, worked brilliantly as an acoustic song with just Dave and Brandon. It really is a superb tune. “Do yourself a favour” as the guy in the hat would say…

The energy tonight was incredible. This was a band who were putting a tour to bed, and they were going to do it properly. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine was just huge tonight, I don’t know if it was our positioning, the band’s performance, or a combination of both, but the sound was better, the intensity mindblowing and the crowd lapped it up.

Midnight Show was another finding its way into the set tonight, and along with Mr Brightside rounded out the first set. The first encore was the start of mayhem. After getting through My List with the help of some seriously pisstaking Louis XIV boys again, a great version of Shadowplay was followed by a pig and a piece of corn chasing each other around the stage and actually making bassist Mark Stoermer smile a couple of times. Again, it was the lads from Louis XIV, the bassist and drummer we reckon, and they proceeded to cover guitarist Dave in beer, throw bread to the crowd, annoy the crap out of Ronnie on the drums, and make the rest of us wonder if Brandon was actually pissed off or not. I’m still not sure. But it was funny.

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