The Killers cover U2

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 November 2012
The Killers singer Brandon Flowers

The Killers singer Brandon Flowers

The Killers performed a mesmerising stripped-down cover of U2's hit 'With or Without You' at their concert at The 02 in London on Saturday night (17.11.12)

The Killers performed a spellbinding cover of U2's 'With or Without You' at The 02 arena in London on Saturday night (17.11.12).

Singer Brandon Flowers and guitarist Dave Keuning played a stripped down version of the classic track much to the delight of the sold-out 20,000-strong crowd.

The song was just one of many highlights in a hit-laden set which was made up of material from their four studio albums.

The Killers opened with 'Mr. Brightside' - taken from their 2003 album 'Hot Fuss' - with the house lights still on and followed it up with 'The Way It Was' and 'Smile Like You Mean It'.

Before playing their third track, Brandon made reference to the throat problems that forced the group to cut short a concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena after just four songs on Tuesday night (13.11.12) and cancel their gig the following night.

The flamboyant frontman - who was taking to The 02 stage for a second night - told fans: "I'm feeling OK. We made it last night, get your fingers cross so we make it a second round tonight."

Brandon, 31, further proved his voice was in good shape by singing a cappella in the middle of 'Bones'.

Other highlights included 'Human', 'Somebody Told Me', 'Runaways', 'Miss Atomic Bomb' and 'When You Were Young', after which Brandon exclaimed "we made it through" in another reference to his vocal problems.

The Killers - which also includes Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. - closed the show with an incredible rendition of the title track from their new album 'Battle Born'.

As the band continued to play, Brandon announced "we are The Killers, a fabulous Las Vegas band" before heading down to salute his adoring fans in the front row.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

The Killers

Las Vegas rockers famed for their glamorous take on indie rock'n'roll. The Killers are Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), Dave Keuning (guitars), Mark Stoermer (bass) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums).

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