FROM the moment The Killers walked on stage at the sell-out Sheffield Arena, it was clear this was going to be a show to remember.
Frontman Brandon Flowers was grinning with excitement as he followed his bandmates on stage and launched into fans’ favourite Mr Brightside - met with deafening cheers from the 13,500-strong crowd.
The Arena lights remained on throughout the song – which only added to the occasion as the venue was plunged into darkness at the end before the dazzling special effects began with the band’s second song, The Way it Was.
Classic singles were interspersed with stunning tracks from the new album – and title of the tour – Battle Born throughout the two-hour set.
Refreshed after a couple of days off during their UK tour, this was a rock band at the peak of the powers and loving every minute of being on stage, Flowers strutting around the stage like a seasoned frontman with the audience in the palm of his hand – repeated mentions of Sheffield were cheered to the rafters.
An encore including fans’ favourites Jenny Was a Friend of Mine and Somebody Told Me ensured everyone went home happy.
As one delighted fan said: “I feel privileged to have been there.”
By Jon Ball