The Killers Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2009


The Killers Live from The Royal Albert Hall in London is a wonderful live recording of Las Vegas natives, The Killers playing hits from their 4 studio albums, Day and Age, Sam's Town, Hot Fuss and Sawdust. Filmed over 2 nights in 2009, it captures the band in full flight, playing to a packed audience in one of the world's most iconic theatres. With the main concert footage totalling 24 songs and 2 hours, this DVD/Blu-ray captures The Killers at their very best, playing all of their hits and some rarities, leaving the audience gasping for more.
The concert footage itself is bookended by the band solemnly playing Entertude and Exittude at sound check, a fitting start and finish. The concert itself starts with a bang, with a rousing rendition of Human, followed by This Is Your Life before the crowd almost bought the old roof down at The Royal Albert Hall with a cracking version of Somebody Told Me. An extended version of For Reasons Unknown is followed by three songs off the Day and Age album, before the band heads back to its roots with Bling (Confession of a King) and then a touching version of the Joy Division hit, Shadowplay. Dave Keuning brings out the big Gibson Explorer to drive home Smile Like You Mean It, which then leads the band into Losing Touch and then an extended version of Spaceman.
The concert takes a more sombre feel through A Dustland Fairytale and a touching acoustic version of Sam's Town. The crowd is back standing as the band quickly picks up the pace with Read My Mind, Mr Brightside and All These Things That I've Done, with the crowd drowning out the band with their enthusiastic singing. With the audience in raptures, the band exits for a short break before returning for a 4 song encore, consisting of Sweet Talk, The River Is Wild, Bones and Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine. The encore is delivered with all the energy that has made The Killers such massive fan favourites.
The DVD/Blu-Ray also contains an additional 40 minutes of bonus footage, consisting of other performances from festivals from the summer of 2009, plus behind the scenes interviews with the crew and fans.
The video quality and editing, especially of the Blu-ray version, is of the highest quality, unlike the grittier Kings of Leon Live at the O2 London DVD and a lit higher quality then The Foo Fighters Live At Wembley Stadium. Other than a brief mention of the concert being recorded, the band gives no indication of playing for the cameras at all. They put all of their efforts into giving the fans in attendance the best experience they can get, and the mutual adulation the fans in attendance and the band have for each other is clearly evident.
The Killers are one of the few bands of the 00's to successfully merge rock and pop influences and on these nights in 2009 they were in full flight. The Killers are one of my favourite bands and I am extremely grateful that they were captured in their prime, in stunning clarity in front of their rabid fanbase, to be enjoyed for all time.