By: Jotham Lian
American rock band The Killers pulled out all the stops on Saturday night to produce one of the best live performances seen at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
With the majestic Singapore skyline as the backdrop on the hallowed Padang turf, the band opened with perennial favourite, Mr Brightside, to the screaming delight of the 50,000 capacity crowd.
Renowned as one of the best live bands in the world today, The Killers – charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and stand-in bassist Jake Blanton (regular group member Mark Stoermer was missing due to “personal reasons”) – did not disappoint, relentlessly grooving across the stage during their 90-minute set, and showing no adverse effects from the sweltering humidity of the tropics.
In all, they chalked up 17 songs, including Spaceman, For Reasons Unknown and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, with an energy only matched by the enthusiastic fans. Flowers constantly engaged the willing crowd and lent a personal touch by greeting them in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, the three of Singapore’s four official languages alongside English.
The Killers were due to perform here on their 2010 sold out concert tour but the show was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to unforeseen circumstances. It was perhaps the memory of this that prompted an apologetic Flowers to say, “I’m sorry you guys had to wait 10 years”. In any case, their first ever gig in Singapore as part of their Asian tour more than made up for it. They ended the night with the anthem When You Were Young, leaving the crowd begging for more.
Pictures by Peter Mundkowsky