The Killers Put On a ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Performance at The X

Wednesday night brought Las Vegas based rockers The Killers to St. Paul for an unforgettable performance at the Xcel Energy Center

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After a five-year absence, Las Vegas rockers The Killers made their triumphant return to the Twin Cities last night with a performance that lasted nearly two hours and included songs from their entire catalog.

Although the show only featured only two of the four band members found on their latest album, Wonderful Wonderfullead-singer Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. enlisted the help of four other musicians plus three female backup vocalists to help bring this colossal show to life.

What was likely the most “Las Vegas-inspired” stage show of the band’s fifteen-plus year career, the tone was set straight out of the gate as a large triangular shaped monitor accended over the stage. As the band members took the stage one-by-one, capped off by the ever so dramatic entrance by Flowers, the band launched into the title song from their latest album.

Photo Credit – Rob Loud, @robloud

Three songs in, as the band started playing the opening notes to the 2004 smash-hit Somebody Told Methe crowd absolutely lost it, singing back the words that fueled their adolescence right back into the face of the man who wrote them. Applause erupted throughout the arena as the closing notes were played. The band rode the momentum straight into their 2008 hit Spacemanto the crowds continued delight.

While the show did rely heavily on the bands older material, with such a long gap between performances in this market mixed with the leveling off of the bands commercial and creative successes in the late 2000’s, it was to be expected. It was encouraging to hear more than a few songs from Wonderful Wonderful though, an album many critics described as the ‘comeback’ of The Killers.

Photo Credit – Rob Loud, @robloud

The show ‘ended’ with a monumental performance of the 2004 anthem All These Things That I’ve DoneAfter a brief jam-session with the band members, everyone left the stage for about five minutes, returning again to perform their encore. Flowers, now clad in a sparkly, tight-fitting silver suit, thanked the crowd for coming out as the band played the opening notes of The Calling. 

After a seemingly forced cover of opening act Alex Cameron’s Runnin’ Outta Luckthe crowd was treated to a Hot Fuss deep-cut with Andy, You’re a Star, the closing notes of which led right into their hit When You Were Young, which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo Credit – Rob Loud, @robloud

It’s pretty easy to guess which song came next, as it’s the song they owe pretty much off of this success to. Flowers gave a small speech before the song which can basically be wrapped up as “Stay positive.” and the guitarist played the famous opening notes of Mr. Brightside

It’s hard to describe the feeling that comes over you when you hear such an iconic song played by the people who wrote it live and in person for the first time, so I’ll just say this; it was incredible.

After another brief, but crowd-pleasing, jam session, one-by-one the band members scurried off the stage, leaving only the drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., who addressed the crowd. “If you had fun tonight, make sure to tell your friends! It’s not going to be five more years before we’re back, we promise. Thank you all, and get home safe.” And just like that, the crowd was thrust back into 2018, and our adolescence was once again a thing of the past.

The Killers Setlist:

  1. Wonderful Wonderful
  2. The Man
  3. Somebody Told Me
  4. Spaceman
  5. The Way It Was
  6. Run For Cover
  7. I Can’t Stay
  8. Smile Like You Mean It
  9. For Reasons Unknown
  10. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
  11. Rut
  12. Human
  13. This River is Wild
  14. A Dustland Fairytale
  15. Runaways
  16. Read My Mind
  17. All These Things That I’ve Done


  1. The Calling
  2. Runnin’ Outta Luck (Alex Cameron Cover)
  3. Andy, You’re a Star
  4. When You Were Young
  5. Mr. Brightside

Written by Justin Bailey

Managing Editor & Social Media Admin for Music In Minnesota. Graduated Valedictorian of my class from IPR - College of Creative Arts with an A.A.S. in Music & Entertainment Business. ICON Award Winner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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