Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Killers - Liverpool O2 Academy - A REAL fairytale - 15.8.14

The Killers were absolutely amazing on Friday night.  I have no words for what I witnessed. I never ever in a million years thought it was possible to get lucky enough to witness Branson do a show as his naughty alter- ego Vince. Or see some of the 'Vince' songs live.
I came out of the gig absolutely soaked through in sweat. Mine, the guy in front of me's dripping off him every time he was jumping, and dripping off the ceiling. Sexy lol.  My feet hurt like hell, my head was mush but I was so happy I could have cried. I feel so very very lucky to have been there with just 1200 people. Last summer we were doing Wembley stadium and 90,000.
I'd seen people posting that they there were doing the 'vince' songs in Soundcheck. I was so very excited but almost didn't dare to dream we'd get a Vince show.
The killers walked out to The Beatles - All You Need Is Love and launched into 'Under the Gun'. I screamed for my life. I was literally shaking as those first words came out of Brandon's mouth. "She's got her halo and wings hidden under his eyes"... it was an absolute dream come true. The crowd went wild and I knew this show was gonna blow to roof off.

Then it was onto one of my top 3 killers songs, spaceman. "THE SPACEMAN SAYS EVERYBODY LOOK DOWN, IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND". I jumped up and down like my life depended on it. I love this song so much.

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Then one of my favourite songs off the last record, 'The way it was' and I was immediately reminded of the moment I bonded with it at Liverpool arena almost 2 years ago.  I couldn't see much because there was a guy that was about 7ft in front of me but at some point I noticed Brandon has taken off the biker jacket and was in fact wearing the Vince t-shirt. I thought it just said battle born under there. I've never been so excited.


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Then Brandon said "can you believe our baby is 10 years old" and launched into my favourite killers song 'Smile like You Mean it'. That song and that synthesiser were the reason I was stood there on Friday night. It was a summer 9 years ago that I bought Hot Fuss and this band stole my heart.

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Then miss atomic bomb. I screamed. I love this song so much. I felt my heart suddenly thumping out my chest. The red lights lit up the room and it was amazing. "YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME WHEN YOU’RE GONE". Yes, yes I am.

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Then human. Another of my top 3 killers songs. I love this song so much. It makes me feel so alive. I sang like my life depends on it, sorry if you were within ear shot ;)

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There was no reprieve from the high energy. Shot at the night. I finally got to see this song live. It was amazing.
As the bolt sparkled red and white the energy continued with Somebody Told Me. I'd jumped up and down that much I thought I was gonna die. I reached into my bag and grabbed a hair bobble to get my hair out the way, I was melting. Never mind, carry on jumping! Brandon was leaning on the bolt, asking the crowd for more, whilst I suspect trying to grab a breath himself.

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Then Brandon asked if we minded a cover and he should let us pick from the options, then asked if 'bad moon rising' was ok. Sure it is ;) great cover.

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Then it was time for 'For Reasons Unknown'. Another of my ultimate fave killers songs. Brandon and that guitar are just so sexy. The crowd started doing the calling out to Brandon before he started it. Then he called out and we called back 110% louder. It was amazing.

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Then a favourite of my friend Hils, 'From Here on Out'. This was never a fave of mine but I love it live and how happy it makes Brandon. "What's up you scousers? I hope you brought your dancing shoes, it's a Friday night, I brought mine" Dave and mark done their solos and then Brandon went over to Ronnie and held the cup up to his mouth so he could drink whilst drumming his ass off  for his solo. Brandon grinned and said "Ronnie needed some sugar". He's so naughty. I love it. I couldn't see much during the song but for a few seconds I could, and it was Brandon doing the pole dance up and down the mic stand. Never been so grateful that was the few seconds I could see. At the end Brandon said we could do better than that and went round again for one last verse. Then the place really got going. “HEY FROM HERE ON OUT”!

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Then they almost floored me with A Dustland Fairytale. That piano intro makes me emotional every time. "This could be the best crowd we've ever played to. Thank you. We should just stop playing stadiums and arenas and just play venues like this". It was a beautiful version of this song, 1200 people singing along and an ending was especially beautiful.

Then another of my fave songs. "Read my mind". It's that vibe it has. It kills me. I love it so so much.

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Then runaways. I adore the conviction Brandon sings this song with. And then I noticed those biceps. Covered in sweat and looking beautiful. 
"SHOW ME YOUR HANDS!" 1200 head their hands up, surrendered to the music. It was beautiful.

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Then Brandon done a little speech about how he was working in the Gold Coast hotel and it catered to the country and western and rockabilly types and he met Dave in 2001. He said before cell phones he used to call Dave and leave answer phone messages because he was into glamorous rock and roll. Everyone screamed and screamed. Brandon said they weren't gonna play it, he shouldn't have worded it like that and carried on the story. This answer phone message that was spoken word "You know you gotta help me out" then Ronnie, mark and Dave got their hands on it. As Brandon spoke the words the crowd sang back before launching into all these things. It was amazing. 


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Then the encore. Were they gonna do on top like the other night? We'll see now. As Brandon walked over to the synthesiser I knew what it meant. This certainly wasn't gonna be when we were young. OMFG!! It really was ON TOP. "Remember Rio and get down, Like some other DJ, it's another town". I haven't seen this song live in many years, I was so happy.
Then when it couldn't get any better, 'this is your life'. 1200 waving their arms from side to side with Brandon. It was so beautiful. I was transported back to that night at Nottingham arena on the day and age tour when it looked so beautiful that night too.
"Wait for something better, No one behind you, Watching your shadows. You gotta be stronger than the story, Don't let it blind you.."

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'We got two more left'... Then when we were young. It will always remind me of that first gig in Newcastle arena on the sam's town tour.  "THE DEVIL'S WATER IT AINT SO SWEET, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRINK RIGHT NOW"

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Mr Brightside. What a perfect ending. I jumped up and down like my life depended on it. I never wanted it to ever end. 

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Then Ronnie walked up to the mic stand as the band left the stage and said:
"you might not be ready for this stuff,
But your kids are gonna love it". Ronnie I love you.

I was dead afterwards but I loved that show so much. I didn't even have words. I walked quietly to the train station with Hils. Unable to process what I just seen, and I felt really emotional. I'm so bloody lucky to have been there. To have witnessed that, and shared it with Hils. I'm just sad Kelly wasn't there, we missed you! Xx
1. Under the gun
2. Spaceman
3. The way it was
4. Smile like you mean it
5. Miss atomic bomb
6. Human
7. Shot at the Night
8. Somebody Told Me
9. Bad moon rising (Cover)
10. For Reasons Unknown
11. From Here on Out
12. A Dustland Fairytale
13. Read My Mind
14. Runaways
15. All These Things That I've Done (with speech)
16. On Top
17. This Is Your Life
18. When You Were Young
19. Mr Brightside