Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Over And Out, Last Call For Sin--The Killers at Kingsbury Hall

So I saw The Killers last night at Kingsbury Hall--one of my favorite venues because it's so small you can watch the singer's shadow on the wall. There are no discernible shadows at the crappy Delta Center, I'll tell you what. The Killers are great and it was a fun sold-out show but of course I am mostly intrigued by the fact that smoking, drinking lead singer Brandon Flowers is a Mormon. I love it when Mormon boys make good. (And yes, that even includes Shawn from Rebel Billionaire--I can't help it. )

He's kind of a goofy spazz, but you can get away with that when you're a rock star. He's a goofy spazz of the extending your legs fully with every step, leading your band maestro-style, and acting out the words you are singing variety. Case in point: As he sang, "I just can't look--It's killing me." He covered his eyes and shook his head violently. Not exactly cool, but cool in an "I don't even care how goofy I look because I'm so into singing" sort of way. I think he probably doesn't practice in front of a mirror and there's something to be admired in that. On the other hand, he might want to take a look.

I had never really seen the Killers before so it was kind of a surprise when they came out. The rest of the band were all boring, except for the drummer who was quite a showman--mostly because he sat up so straight instead of slumping over like most drummers (word to the wise) but Brandon came out and looked pretty much like the little Mormon boy from Nephi that he is: Ill-fitting trousers, white shirt, tie, and a blazer that was retro enough to probably be in style in Nephi (and I mean that as a compliment to both Brandon Flowers and to people who live in Nephi.) Regarding his hair: I like the faux-hawk. It's much better than the so-called "long" hair that is in style now for fellas which is worn close to the forehead and all around the edges of the face. That hair cut makes me want to jump out of my skin. I know from personal experience that it's uncomfortable to have your hair stuck to your face like that. Blek. It makes me sick. But a nice Faux-hawk--I can support that.

While it may seem like I was very distracted by his hair and the hair of those around me I was actually more distracted by other thoughts. Thoughts such as, I wonder if he knows the Young Women's theme. I wonder if he is an Eagle scout. Did he wear pants like that when he was collecting fast offerings? Isn't it strange that we both know about Joseph Smith? Does he wonder if Gordon B. Hinckley could possibly be in the audience? And while he is young and fairly unseasoned as a performer I couldn't help but imagine that normally he might have had more of a stage presence, radiated more confidence except that he was probably thinking, "I should have gone on a mission."

I wonder what he and Bono will talk about when they are on tour together in Europe. Bono is a Mormon too, in my mind. I have a feeling Bono will talk more. God bless him.


  1. I love this post so much, I want to comment. But I don't know what to say. I like the Killers. I like their CD. I like how they look. I'm jealous you saw them.

  2. Anonymous12:47 PM

    So, what's with the title?

  3. Yes, yes, anonymous, it is a little cryptic but it is simply lyrics from a Killers song. Lyric as title is a common blog convention. I don't do it all the time but sometimes when it seems relevant I will employ this literary device. Here, since I focus so much on my obsession with the lead singer's religion, I chose lyrics with the word "sin" in it because the problem of sin and sinning is generally addressed by religion.

    For anyone who might not like this title I offer an alternate title which works just as well: My Cat's Breath Smells Like Catfood.

  4. I have hear The Killers many times but have not seen them. Now I gotta. Might even shake my head and cover my eyes as I do.

  5. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Ah yes. Thanks for the explanation. Being familiar with only a few of The Killer's songs I didn't catch the title's subtlety. I didn't mean to imply that it was a bad title, just terribly mysterious.

  6. I tried to imagine Gordon B. Hinckley in the audience and it just wasn't happening.

    Glad you had a good time. I don't think I've ever been to a *real* rock concert...unless Whitney Houston circa 1991 counts...

  7. I wish I had known that the Killers were going on tour with Bono in Europe. I would have made you take a Book of Mormon, wrapped in paper with a note that says "to be delivered to Bono when you are on tour with him in Europe" to throw up on stage ala a bra (you are quite seasoned at throwing things on stage, and I'll bet ol' Brandon would have loved to have ANYTHING thrown at him, amateur that he is). My favorite line in this post: that hair cut makes me want to jump out of my skin.

  8. Last summer I had a great Faux-Hawk. This summer I will have a great mohawk, but my mom doesn't know yet, so don't tell her. I also am a fan of the small venue. Ash in Kilby Court was a great show. ASH! Oh, I'm going to see the Pixies again in a couple of weeks! I won't have a backstage pass this time, but oh well. I have it on good authority that there will be several ska songs on the upcoming Killers CD (www.pickitupska.com, It's in their somewhere). In other Indie/Pop/Rock/Ska news the lead singer of the Bravery used to be in a band called Skabba the Hut. Google will lead you to some funny, interesting articles about The Killers, The Bravery, and their Mormon/ska pasts.

  9. 1. Whitney in 91 definitely counts as a rock concert, especially if she sang "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." (I wanna feel the heat with somebody...) In 1996 or so I saw Hanson perform at Universal Citywalk in a Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody or similar. I count that.

    2. My thoughts about Brandon from the Killers and stage presence: He might actually have better stage presence than he would have hadn't he grown up as a Mormon. Everyone always told me growing up that giving talks, conducting opening exercises, etc. was teaching me important life skills as far as speaking (or performing) in front of people.

    So all those talks he might have given about...whatever might actually have helped him be less nervous in general. But the mission musing might have cancelled that out.

    Really, this is all just a lot of speculation. I'm no expert.

  10. I like that he acted out the songs. I can relate to that. I'll bet the people watching was good, but, like Suzie, I can't imagine that Gordon was there. What did you wear? I never know what to wear to concerts...

  11. I saw Harry Connick Jr. once in a VIP lounge at JKF airpot, though he wasn’t singing, he was waiting for his plane, and I kinda found the whole thing strange: him being sort of a lounge singer and all and we were after all sitting/waiting in a lounge, yet he wasn’t singing, he was reading the New York Times and drinking coffee! But of course this was back before he was famous, so maybe no one had asked him to sing?


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