X107.5’s Holiday Havoc Night Two was in full effect Monday night at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort as special guests Bleachers and Joywave kicked off the show.
In true Vegas fashion, confetti was launched into a sold-out crowd of cheering fans as The Killers took The Pearl stage for the very first time, opening with their latest hit single, “The Man.” The quintessential hometown rockers have been on tour to promote their current album Wonderful, Wonderful, but they always come back to the place where it all began. “We were due to play this Holiday Havoc a long time ago. It’s good to be here,” said frontman Brandon Flowers as he led the boys into “The Way It Was,” off the aptly-named Battle Born album.
Original band members Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., along with The Killers’ new members, gave the fans what they wanted as they sang along to hits like “Mr. Brightside” and “Smile Like You Mean It” from their Grammy-nominated debut, Hot Fuss. Flowers recounted how it had been about 14 years since those songs put them on the map and led them to touring overseas, yet they missed home. He says that experience made them focus on their hometown with their follow-up album, Sam’s Town, which they recorded at Studio at The Palms. “What better place for a band from Las Vegas to make their second record than a casino?” said Flowers.
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To bring the concert even more full circle, they performed “Home Means Nevada,” and the lead singer shared how they waited outside a 7-Eleven the first time they heard their demo played on a local radio station—107.5, naturally. It was a truly special night, with The Killers closing out The Pearl, which will undergo renovations, as only they can.