The Killers at the Macron Stadium, Bolton – review, setlist and more

Posted on - 14th July, 2018 - 10:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Music, Nightlife

The Killers brought their Wonderful Wonderful tour to a close in some style in Bolton at what we definitely don’t still call the Reebok Stadium.

They’ve come a long way from when Ed Walker saw them back in 2002 supporting Stellastar when they showcased some of their best tracks form debut Hot Fuss. Those are still on show here too, most notably with an outing for Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine, but they’ve since added four albums that mean they’re well-equipped for a show like this (and truth be told, have been for over a decade).

That’s all well-established though. More notable, is that they can open the show with The Man, from newest album Wonderful Wonderful, and it be one of the best things we hear all night. That’s what separates them from most of the other artists than came through in the last decade and means they’re still playing venues this size.

There’s a cute, if planned, moment when the drummer from tribute band The Fillers is pulled out of the crowd to perform on For Reasons Unknown. A cover of New Order is another neat touch and continues their habit of paying tribute to British music (their cover of Joy Division’s Shadowplay is well worth seeking out). Less impressive (in a tongue-in-cheek way) is that frontman Brandon Flowers asks who is from Liverpool and Manchester, but not Preston.

A personal favourite is A Dustland Fairytale, an often overlooked favourite enhanced here by thousands of phone torches, while a closing trio of Read My Mind, All These Things That I’ve Done and When You Were Young show them at their most anthemic and exhilarating.

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Opening the encore with The Calling and Just Another Girl is an odd choice but is saved by Flowers rocking the most glittery suit Bolton has ever seen. Human succeeds in bringing the tempo back up to where they’d sustained it for the previous two hours. Mr Brightside opens with the Jacques Lu Cont remix before switching into the classic that we all know. I’ve seen them open and close with that song and it works in equal measure at either side.

A note on the organisation. Having experienced an absolute shambles at Finsbury Park, London a fortnight ago, it was great to see a show organised properly. Queues were short, the sound was great and we were back into Manchester after the show before midnight. More gigs at the Reebok Macron Stadium should be a given.

Setlist in full

The Man

Somebody Told Me


The Way It Was

Shot at the Night

Run For Cover

Jenny Was A Friend of Mine

Smile Like You Mean

For Reasons Unknown

Tyson vs Douglas

A Dustland Fairytale

True Faith


Read My Mind

All These Things That I’ve Done

When You Were Young

The Calling

Just Another Girl


Mr Brightside

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