July 24, 2012

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The Killers At Webster Hall: By The Numbers

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After premiering four new songs at an intimate North Carolina show last week, The Killers made their way to New York City's Webster Hall last night for a room full of eager music journalists, girls swooning over frontman Brandon Flowers and dudebros having a really rowdy Monday night. The energy was high, the beer was flowing and neither myself nor anyone in my general vicinity had a seizure during the hypnotizing light show that accompanied the band's 90-minute set.

The handsome Brandon Flowers and Co. opened strong, jamming to their new single "Runaways" (off their upcoming album Battle Born), which has already become a crowd favorite. The group crescendoed with their audience, buoying from commercial hits ("Somebody Told Me," "Mr. Brightside") to new tracks ("From Here On Out," "Flesh and Bone") to a few lesser-knowns, including a cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay," from their b-sides album Sawdust.

In case you weren't at the show (sorry), take a look at our By The Numbers recap. And let us know how you feel about The Killers' comeback in the comments below.

Number of songs played: 15 (19, including encores)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how pumped the audience was: 8.5

Percentage of the crowd who recorded part of the show on their cell phones: 40%

Number of people I counted fist-pumping (first floor only): 16

Number of dudebros singing along and hugging each other like it was the end of the world during "Human": Approx. 100,000

Number of covers: 1 (Joy Division's "Shadowplay")

Number of times I saw a woman show a stranger a photo of her children on her cell phone: 1

Percentage of audience members who sang along to every song: 33%

On a scale of 1 to 10, how bats**t the crowd went for "Mr. Brightside": 14

Number of Brandon Flowers' outfit changes: 0 (Sad face)

Number of times I was mesmerized by guitarist Dave Keuning's hair: 8

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