My review of The Killers at Val de Vie.

I am a huge fan of The Killers, I distinctly remember receiving their debut album Hot Fuss as a present back in 2004. I also distinctly remember instantly being hooked and falling love with the band. After years of hoping that they would grace us with their presence, they did. In August it was announced The Killers were coming to South Africa. I had to re-read it a few times. Yes. One of my favourite bands was coming here. The Golden Circle tickets sold out in a day. As luck would have it, one of my friends bought me a ticket for my birthday and on the 6th of December off to the Val DeVie wine estate we went.
Driving in, the venue was seemingly perfect and although it was only four there was traffic. We sat around for a bit and after finding there was free beer, it suddenly made the long wait for the band slightly better.

The opening act was local band Zebra and Giraffe who have in the space of a year garnered enough attention to open for The Killers. I, for one, love them. The band has an amazing energy and front man Greg Carlin’s voice was on perfect form. ‘The Knife’, ‘Leaving Again’ and ‘Oxymoron’ were the standout tracks among many. They ended their set with my all time favourite song of theirs, ‘Pariahs’. Perfect, I know.

The Killers were phenomenal. They executed the songs with such an accuracy that it sounded as if you were listening to their albums and Brandon Flowers is an entertainer, that’s for sure. When Brandon and guitarist Dave Keuning stepped under a single spotlight and sang ‘Falling In Love With You’ the crowd singing along almost overpowered them. All the new and old, albeit classic Killers’ tracks were played including ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Human’ to ‘Bones’ and ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ (which they took down a notch, by slowing it down). For me their performance was everything I hoped it would be and a whole lot more.

After the concert there was a DJ (who played for about an hour) as well as party in the Heineken tent. The downside was that the food stalls quickly ran out of food and the bar stopped selling booze which meant there was nothing to stay for. At all.

And what would a review of the event be if the traffic wasn’t mentioned? The traffic was insanely bad. So bad that we started moving from the parking area at about 1am. 2 and a half hours after the concert ended. The Killers even tweeted about the traffic situation (at around 2 in the morning) that’s how bad it was.  Obviously it could have been handled better, but I think  it was worth every minute waiting after seeing such a stellar band.

A copy of their set list from Joburg (which was the same in CT)

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