Glastonbury 2019 was truly something, but of all the setlist highlights, The Killers come out on top.
The Las Vegas rockers are applauded for their seemingly endless string of hit singles, but as they’ve proven at Glastonbury, they’re so much more than Mr. Brightside.
Forming in 2001, it took the group a few years to deliver their debut album Hot Fuss back in 2004; however, when it arrived, we knew we’d be eagerly anticipating their records for years to come. It was a total smash, particularly with British listeners.
They delivered their sophomore effort Sam’s Town in 2006, which served as somewhat of an announcement: “We’re here for good!”
Look at them now, tearing up the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2019, the crowd in the palm of their hand…
Run for cover
After Stormzy‘s phenomenal headline set on Friday, many were worried that The Killers’ performance would feel underwhelming in comparison.
Things were tense as crowds waited for frontman Brandon Flowers and his colossal band to grace the stage. Would it be plain? Would it be a satisfying sing-a-long? Fortunately, it was absolutely spellbinding.
As punters flocked back to their camps, the band’s material must have been echoing throughout their minds. They had done it; what a success. Every track felt perfectly timed and meticulously chosen. Personally, the highlights were the epic “Shot at the Night”, “The Man”, “For Reasons Unknown”, “Read My Mind” and “When You Were Young”, but every song was a blast, and we’ve not even gotten to the encore yet.
After playing “When You Were Young” and exiting the stage, they soon returned to cover The Smiths, were joined by Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Marr, and yes, who can forget that epic conclusion of the one-and-only Mr. Brightside. Check out the full setlist below:
The Killers: Glastonbury 2019 setlist
Here’s their setlist, as outlined by Setlist.fm:
1. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
2. Somebody Told Me
4. The Way It Was
5. Shot at the Night
6. The Man (With “The Marlboro Man” intro)
7. Smile Like You Mean It
8. For Reasons Unknown
9. Bling (Confession of a King) – Preceded by a snippet of “Human”
10. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
11. A Dustland Fairytale
13. Read My Mind (Snippet of “Lean on Me”)
14. All These Things That I’ve Done
15. When You Were Young
16. You Were Always on My Mind (Gwen McCrae cover with Pet Shop Boys)
17. Human (with Pet Shop Boys)
18. This Charming Man (The Smiths cover with Johnny Marr)
19. Mr. Brightside (with Johnny Marr)
Their best yet?
Flowers and co. headlined in 2007 for the first time, and also performed an incredible secret set in 2017 on the John Peel stage.
Yet, their 2019 performance saw them blow us all away like never before. The setlist was so excellently calculated, never allowing for a dull moment, balancing album tracks with show-stopping singles with total ease.
Although Stormzy has been crowned king of Glastonbury 2019, The Killers – along with The Cure – proved that every headliner this year was more than worth their salt; 2020 will have to be something really special.
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