Review: The Killers at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019

The band put on a brilliant performance to close four days of Yasalam gigs at du Arena

The Killers' Brandon Flowers on stage at du Arena
Rob Loud

The Killers' Brandon Flowers on stage at du Arena

When you come from Las Vegas and you're the frontman of a rock band, it's probably fair to say there's some expectation to be a bit of a showman. 

Brandon Flowers, 18 years into his career as the singer of The Killers, is just that. 

His band's concert in Abu Dhabi, to close the run of 2019 Yasalam gigs at du Arena, was the perfect showcase for his talents. 

Five studio albums in, and with a wealth of hits to draw on, the band are the perfect choice for an event like this. 

Fresh from headlining music festivals around the world, including a little gathering known as Glastonbury, The Killers are a well-oiled hit machine, firing out smash after smash to an adoring crowd. 

Flowers, in a shiny suit, prowled the stage, interacted with fans, and even got one on stage to play drums. We don't think Ronnie Vannucci Jr need to be worried, but it was a nice touch. 

The set opened with some stone-cold bangers, and while it was a surprise to hear the likes of Somebody Told Me so early, it is testament to the band's back catalogue that there was no slump in the middle. 

By the time Flowers was leading the crowd in the mass singalong of Mr Brightside, The Killers have won over even the most cynical of audience members. 

In the grand Vegas tradition, these guys (and backing vocalists) came to entertain, and they did just that. 

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