Like a handful of fellow headliners on this year's Governors Ball lineup, The Killers didn't have new material to promote. Luckily, the audience fully embraced the Las Vegas outfit for a set full of easy sing-alongs, along with unexpected tributes that began just as the rain showers that pummeled the previous two hours of music finally let up.
Opening with "Mr. Brightside" would make one think The Killers were showing their best hand right away, as the crowd started cheering from the opening guitar riffs. But attendees stuck around and sang even louder to "Read My Mind," "Somebody Told Me," "All These Things That I've Done" and a full-fledged dance version of "Human."
At one point, frontman Brandon Flowers addressed the crowd to talk about the band's pre-Hot Fuss years, mentioning how a lot of great bands were ruling the scene at the time including Yeah Yeah Yeahs and fellow Gov Ball '16 headliners The Strokes. But he got sentimental about Interpol (though, it wasn't easy to hear his full speech ,with mic issues once again messing with a headliner's ability to communicate to the crowd), but moved into a memorable rendition of Interpol's "Obstacle 1," a single off the NYC band's debut album Turn on the Bright Lights.
Later in the set, without any explanation this time, The Killers moved into a cover of Elvis Presley's classic "Can't Help Falling in Love With You." The band has incorporated the cover into its set for years and is likely a nod to their Vegas origins, as longtime fans know how much the city influenced the group.
Before closing, Flowers told the crowd that the band "did not come all the way to New York City to not play 'Jenny Was a Friend of Mine.'" And while the crowd gave a half-hearted cheer, the guys knew they had to end the audience's night with a singalong to another recognizable Killers hit as they closed with 2006 single "When You Were Young." You gotta give The Killers props for bringing a set that included a little bit of everything for everyone, from the hardcore Victims to the casual festivalgoer: Deep cuts, recognizable covers and those undeniable singalong hits.
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