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A killer performance.
Live From The Royal Albert Hall - The Killers
Member Name: jeffjen
Live From The Royal Albert Hall - The Killers
Advantages: Great value cd/dvd package, excellent concert, great performances.
Although The Killers quickly became a favourite band of mine after the release of their 'Hot Fuss' album a few years back I have still yet to see them live, although this is something which is definitely on my 'must see/ to do' list. My daughter has seen the band a couple of times and told me how good they are and having seen festival footage on TV, I was inclined to agree with her. So when this 2 disc set consisting of a cd and dvd of the band's sell out performance at the Royal Albert Hall was released in 2009, I knew I would love to get my hands on a copy and was very happy when my daughter bought me a copy as a Christmas present.
There are a few more tracks featured on the dvd disc here than on the cd, but there are still an amazing 17 tracks featuring on the cd from this concert ranging from the older to the newer material and also a great rendition of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay.'
What comes across on both the cd and dvd is how well the band are received by the audience and what a great frontman Brandon Flowers is. He commands the stage throughout with a confident but humble air which I find really endearing to watch and listen to.
His vocals never falter and the band don't miss a note as they plough their way through their older big hits such as 'Smile Like You Mean It' which is my favourite Killers' song and of course the anthemic 'Mr Brightside,' 'All These Things That I've Done,' and 'Somebody Told Me,' right up to the more recent 'Human,' 'Read My Mind,' 'When You Were Young,' and 'Bones,' as the songs span the band's three studio albums. The audience are on their feet from start to finish and the atmosphere is electric as they sing back the songs to the band, waving, cheering, dancing and clapping as Brandon puts 110% into every second of every song. The audience is a mix of male and female, young and old from the UK and overseas, many sporting their 'Victims' t-shirts in homage to their 'Killers' heroes.
Apart from the big hits featured there are a few other standout moments in the shape of 'I Can't Stay' where Brandon delivers a heartfelt vocal with the opening line: "The emotion it was electric" summing up the night perfectly. Although this was never one of my favourite Killers' tracks prior to this concert, hearing and seeing it played live here has actually established it as a favourite of mine and I do think this is largely down to how Brandon Flowers delivers the vocal and what he puts into it.
Apart from the inclusion of the rarities (the aforementioned 'Shadowplay' and also fan's favourite 'Sweet Talk' from the band's rarities album 'Sawdust'), there is an acoustic version of 'Sam's Town' and a rousing 'Spaceman' and 'Dustland Fairytale' where Brandon goes off into the audience (he does this a couple of times) and the fans join in once more, showing they are prepared to sing every line of every song to show their appreciation of this band's music.
Much credit must be given to the other members of the band here, the pounding rhythm never misses a beat and there are no slip-ups, but it is a little difficult to turn your focus away from Brandon Flowers as you watch the dvd and I find when I listen to the cd I tend to focus more on the other band member's playing than I do when watching the dvd, whilst still appreciating the vocals, which is the beauty of having both a cd and a dvd of this concert in my opinion. Brandon Flowers also plays keyboards and guitar at times too, his talents don't stop at the vocals and abilities to command the stage where he has been likened to a modern day Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury combined. Having watched this performance, I can see why that has been said.
When listening to the cd I particularly enjoy 'All These Things I've Done' and listening to the opening line "When there's nowhere else to run..." which Brandon sings and a big cheer goes up as the song is recognised and everyone joins in for "If you can't hold on..." which for me personally is a goosebump moment before the band kick in to perform this big hit which has the entire Royal Albert Hall singing along: "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier."
Watching the dvd, the cameras pan round the building showing everyone on their feet enjoying what is almost a carnival-like atmosphere captured in high-definition video and 5.1 sound.
I enjoy having both cd and dvd in this set and enjoy them both equally as I feel I get something different from each of them when I am watching and listening.
As if having both a cd and dvd of this concert isn't enough, there are also some extras on the dvd including footage with fans from around the world outside the Royal Albert Hall and a behind the scenes documentary including interviews with the crew. I was impressed to learn the reasons why this American band chose the UK to record their first concert dvd/cd.
Finally there is some bonus footage from festival performances including 'Tranquilize,' from Oxegen, 'Human' and 'Mr Brightside' from Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park and also 'Smile Like You Mean It' and 'When You Were Young' from V Festival.
There is 2 hours and 40 mins of footage on the dvd and then 17 tracks on the cd, making this combination cd/dvd package excellent value for money. It is one of the best concert performances I have ever watched and listened to without actually being there and if like myself you like The Killers but have never seen them live, I guarantee after watching this you will want to! My daughter is right when she says they put on a brilliant show.
The Killers Live At The Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD can be purchased from Amazon priced at £9.49 with free delivery.
Tracks featured on the DVD:- Enterlude, Human, This Is Your Life, Somebody Told Me, For Reasons Unknown, The World We Live In, Joy Ride, I Can't Stay, Bling(Confession of a King), Shadowplay, Smile Like You Mean It, Losing Touch, Spaceman, A Dustland Fairytale, Sam's Town, Read My Mind, Mr. Brightside, All These Things That I've Done, Sweet Talk, This River Is Wild, Bones, Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, When You Were Young, Exitlude. Plus bonus footage and festival performances.
Tracks featured on the CD: - Human, This Is Your Life, Somebody Told me, The World We Live In, I can't Stay, Bling(Confession of a King), Shadowplay, Smile Like You Mean It, Losing Touch, Spaceman, A Dustland Fairytale, Sam's Town, Read My Mind, Mr Brightside, All These Things That I've Done, Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, When You Were Young.
Summary: Listening to and watching this concert has made me determined to see The Killers perform live!