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.