The Killers

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Killers Rule @ Staples
Venue/Date: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA)
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April 9th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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 The Killers drowned their first SoCal arena show

in a flood of synth and guitar fuzz.

The Orange County Register

When the Killers stormed L.A.'s Wiltern LG for a pair of gigs last October, it was plainly evident that the stylish Las Vegans had outgrown the midsize venues they were accustomed to playing.

Conjuring a vast sonic expanse to support the group's simple but infectiously anthemic tunes and enveloping themselves in a faux-Western motif to enhance the scenery of its second album, "Sam's Town" the quartet revealed a rousing show tailor-made for arenas. It needed polishing and at least a half-hour more material to really feel like the proper vehicle to make a major-scale leap, but it nonetheless seemed destined to wow a whole new generation of concert-goers once a bigger tour was underway.

That last part surely came true during the Killers' sold-out Staples Center performance Monday night. There's a reason why the band has become so popular in such a relatively short time, and it's hardly because the Killers are so much better than their peers, as lead singer Brandon Flowers enjoys claiming. It's because the glitzy quartet has a knack for uncomplicated, soaring, sometimes soul-edifying choruses.

While other young outfits grapple with identity crises or strain to reinvent the rock 'n' roll wheel, the Killers merely refer to U2's hook-'em-in playbook. "Bones," "When You Were Young," "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me," "All These Things That I've Done" the number of inescapable, chant-worthy hits the group has already amassed is impressive indeed.

No wonder a much-maligned critical stumble like "Sam's Town" hasn't stemmed the tide of fans now rabid about the group's music. And all ages, too: The thirtysomethings to my left were leaping about as excitedly as the teenage girl behind me, who amazingly didn't realize "Somebody Told Me" the band's first single was a Killers song.
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