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Glastonbury 2019 [no label, 2CD]

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Pyramid Stage, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 29, 2019. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV broadcast).

Thanks to micks_1972 for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

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Alexis Petridis,

A band that obviously have nothing in common musically with Stormzy, the Killers nevertheless share a problem: before they play, a shadow hangs over their headline performance. One rumour circulating around the audience is that they were the third choice for the Saturday night headlining slot, drafted in after big name heritage artists declined to sign up.

Whether that’s true or not, something about Brandon Flowers’ demeanour onstage, at least initially, suggests a man who isn’t entirely sure how things are going to pan out. “At the end of this show, I don’t want anyone to say ‘They got away with it,’” he offers, early on in the band’s set. “I want people to look up to this stage and say: ‘Those are the sons of bitches that did it.’”

Certainly, you’re stuck by the sense of a band who both understand the importance of a headlining slot – the Killers’ 2004 performance at the festival played a considerable part in their rise to success – and are determined to prove their worth. Indeed, if Flowers worked any harder to win over the crowd, he’d be down among them smearing them with after-sun cream and asking if they want him to pop to a stall and get them some Rizlas.

He asks them “Are we on the same page?” He turns everything into an act of audience participation, up to and including counting in a song. He pretends to be overcome with emotion during a lull in Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll, then slyly raises his eyebrows and beckons for more applause. As with Stormzy’s set, from the opening moment, every song arrives strafed with lazers or pyrotechnics or confetti cannons.

It works, aided by the fact that the Killers’ songs – which stretch from heartland American rock’n’roll to its diametric opposite, Bee Gees-influenced disco, on The Man – are all designed to be successful. Filled with grabby hooks, they’re perfect for the situation the band find themselves in. The audience begin singing along to the opening, Jenny Was a Friend Of Mine, and don’t stop.

For a band whose career has theoretically tailed off slightly since the multi-platinum-selling era of their debut, Hot Fuss, and 2004’s Day and Age, they have an impressive store of anthemic songs: Spaceman, Somebody Told Me, All These Things That I Have Done. There’s something impressively relentless about their set: it never lags, there are no longeurs.

By the time they bring out the Pet Shop Boys to perform Always on My Mind, and Johnny Marr to race through a version of the Smiths’ This Charming Man, the deal is already sealed – their performance feels like a triumph. But the sight of Flowers, a noted Pet Shop Boys and Smiths obsessive, living out his dreams on stage provides it with something else: one of those elusive Glastonbury Moments festivalgoers talk so much about. Indeed, it’s hard not look up at the stage and say: those are the sons of bitches that did it.

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Disc 1
Track 01. intro 0:57
Track 02. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine/Somebody Told Me/Spaceman 13:32
Track 03. The Way It Was/Shot At The Night/The Man 14:43
Track 04. Smile Like You Mean It/For Reasons Unknown/Human (Teaser - Brandon on piano)/Bling (Confession Of A King) 16:07
Track 05. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll/A Dustland Fairytale 10:55
57 mins

Disc 2
Track 06. Runaways/Read My Mind (Lean On Me by Bill Withers snippet) 12:37
Track 07. All These Things That I’ve Done/When You Were Young 14:37
Track 08. Always On My Mind (with Pet Shop Boys)/Human (with Pet Shop Boys) 9:06
Track 09. This Charming Man (with Johnny Marr)/Mr Brightside (with Johnny Marr) 9:55
47 mins

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  1. 29 Responses to “THE KILLERS - GLASTONBURY 2019”

  2. Who the fuck are these bozos

    By Smashmouth on Aug 6, 2019

  3. What the hell is happening with all this queer music

    By Smashmouth on Aug 6, 2019

  4. No rumors. Band not famous enough

    By U L E on Aug 6, 2019

  5. Yawn the same old tired boring schtick. Every post without let up. I didnt know there were so many idiots on the internet. it doesnt let up

    I made that comment a while ago and the trolls here keep repeating it . I stand by it though . These people are just brain dead lunatics here . No wonder most of the old regulars never comment anymore

    By Ron on Aug 6, 2019

  6. The guy on the cover whoever he is looks like a dic suckin queer . Get back to the Classic Rock everybody wants . No queer or coon music OK? Some Led Zep would hit the spot . Get with the program.

    By Derrick on Aug 6, 2019

  7. You neanderthal closet jobs really need to check out Brandon’s wife!

    One of the great creative forces in American popular music today. The Killers’ show at Glastonbury this year was a brilliant performance and the involvement with other artists a stroke of genius!

    Thanks Big O!

    Great quality as ever

    By swappers on Aug 6, 2019

  8. Guys who suck Dics have wives sometimes. Sorry but this short haired motherfucker sucks Dics . He gots that look . The fuckin music ain’t no Led Zep either . We want fuckin classic rock . Get with the program.

    By Derrick on Aug 6, 2019

  9. Rumor has it Brandon gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Aug 6, 2019

  10. Rumor also has it Brandon prefers other Big Uns

    By U L E on Aug 6, 2019

  11. Anti talked bout Cactus . Now that’s some fuckin good shit . Great music 70s style . Post some fuckin Cactus and not this dic suckin queer shit . Get with the motherfuckin program

    By Derrick on Aug 6, 2019

  12. Today’s music is all choreographed and contrived. Why do you think all these monkeys and J Lo need 100 backup dancers, to take your mind off the noise and focus on the dance. The British invasion started with all the groups covering old blues from Muddy, Howling and John Lee but then eventually wrote their own. No wonder these rockers continue to perform cause they know there is a big void to fill. Big O maybe we can get a lil John Kay and Steppenwolf

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Aug 6, 2019

  13. Antichrist, most of today’s mainstream music , the rappers , Miley Cyrus and her skinny mini lip syncing peers do indeed suck

    By Bill on Aug 6, 2019

  14. The mainstream media simply refuses to promote talented artists . People like Neko Case for example. She should be as big as Linda Ronstadt was , but gets no airplay

    By Bill on Aug 6, 2019

  15. I’m ashamed to say that I only recently discovered Jason Molina , aka Magnolia electric co / songs ohia . He was a great singer/ songwriter who’s bad luck was to be born in the seventies instead of performing in them . He toured endlessly and put out many great albums that unfortunately few people except hard core cult fans heard

    By Bill on Aug 6, 2019

  16. His idol was Neil Young and his last band sounded a lot like crazy horse . Sadly he passed in 2013 at age 39 , broke , addicted and depressed. Cause of death multiple organ shutdown

    By Bill on Aug 6, 2019

  17. “Today’s music is all choreographed and contrived…?” Somebody has a very narrow musical palate. The Waterboys are a great band that relies solely on talent. No frills, no smoke and mirrors.

    By Mark on Aug 6, 2019

  18. Of course there are outstanding artists today . I’ve said so many times . I just went on a rant about Jason Molina and Neko Case . I have repeatedly said that the problem is the record companies and the mainstream media and how talented artists are promoted. They prefer promoting the garbage. Look at the billboard top singles and albums today . Most are rappers with the Miley’s and Taylor Swifts thrown in . Go back 40 50 years and see who was on the charts . Tom Petty said it often , that had he and other legends started out in the nineties or later that they never would have achieved the success they did . Timing is everything. Where have you gone Sam Phillips?

    By Bill on Aug 7, 2019

  19. A musician has to tour his ass off today just to break even and keep eating soup . Hard to get record deals anymore much less airplay unless you’re a rapper or a skinny mini

    By Bill on Aug 7, 2019

  20. Rap is black ape nigger music . That’s what’s wrong with music today. It encourages the apes to beat the shit out of their mud shark white sluts

    By HHH on Aug 7, 2019

  21. Although you could say they deserve it for getting bored and stretched out by those Gorillas

    By HHH on Aug 7, 2019

  22. I agree with Triple H. Before we had rock, we had doo wop and before that the big band sound with Sinatra. All great music written by Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Aug 7, 2019

  23. On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin played the Montreux Casino, the first of two nights. The casino in Montreux was always a joy to play, with the warm generous hospitality of Claude Nobs, musicologist, bon viveur and host of the jazz festival. The setlist shows a good balance of the band’s recording career up to that point and we jammed some spirited blues numbers at the end of the set to complete the picture.

    Immigrant Song
    Since I’ve Been Loving You
    Black Dog
    Dazed and Confused
    Stairway to Heaven
    Going to California
    That’s the Way
    Celebration Day
    What Is and What Should Never Be
    Whole Lotta Love

    By Jimmy Page on Aug 7, 2019

  24. Who’s Jason Molina ?

    By Dave on Aug 7, 2019

  25. You white dudes are racists who are jealous of of the black guys who put you to shame in the size dept. I exclusively date black men and have never seen one who was small

    By Rhonda on Aug 7, 2019

  26. Hey Triple H, Derrick the mudshark says we are jealous of niggers. Are you fucking kidding me trailer twat? You should try some Italian sausage right here. You be surprise what Italians are packing. Only problem my kind wouldn’t touch you if a niggers been there

    By Jimmy Page on Aug 7, 2019

  27. Small penises are pathetic.

    By Lexie on Aug 7, 2019

  28. This is not Led Zeppelin.Not even close. Zep is way better than this.

    By James on Aug 9, 2019

  29. Bill can you have a day off you useless turd

    By Bossman on Aug 12, 2019

  30. This is the first time I’ve been motivated to comment here. To the people who run the site: come on…block these white supremacists. You don’t owe them a thing. These comments are the worse swill on the internet. Oh, and any white supremacist who likes Led Zeppelin (a band based entirely on the worship of black blues artists) is a new level of stupid.

    By T on Aug 17, 2019

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