Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas –or so the saying goes.
Thankfully Vegas’ finest The Killers opted to take their euphoric pop rock to the Granite City for the first time in five years.
There is a beauty in pop and no shame in embracing if it is done right, such as ABBA and One Direction – and The Killers pull it off.
Their home city of Vegas is all artifice, glitter and cheap thrills – and singer Brandon Flowers has the glitz.
He emerged for the encore in a jacket sparkling in silver glitter and twice through the show glitter was cannoned out into the crowd.
However, beneath the razzle, lurking under the dazzle is real soul, genuine emotion and depth.
As Flowers sings in All These Things That I Have Done – ‘I got soul, but I’m not a soldier’.
The show began with Wonderful Wonderful, the title track of their newest album, a fifth successive chart topper.
Before launching into The Way it Was, Flowers said to the crowd: “I know it’s Tuesday, but we can make it feel like the weekend.”
They did with classics like Smile Like You Mean It, Human and Jenny Was a Friend of Mine.
The Killers deal in euphoric stadium rock, but it is often bitter sweet with melancholy lurking beneath the surface.
There was also a stark version of Eurythmics’ Here Comes The Rain Again, in homage to Aberdonian Annie Lennox.
It was Flowers accompanied by a solo guitar and against the odds it worked, primarily because Flowers clearly love the song and invested his emotions in it.
Only Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci from the quartet that recorded the new album are on tour.
Guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer both decided not to join them on the road.
Stand ins such as guitarist Ted Sablay impressed nonetheless in a memorable show.