CHICAGO — It can’t be easy going up against festival head honcho Perry Farrell and Jane’s Addiction just across the park, but The Killers managed to put on a raucous show to close out Lollapalooza’s South Main Stage Sunday night with a bit of swag.
Kicking off the set with “Human,” the Vegas four-piece immediately got the massive crowd jumping and for the first time all festival, the females outnumbered the men for a South Stage headliner … and boy, did they scream and sing along! An early-set “Somebody Told Me” had the women going wild for that familiar feather jacket-clad singer Brandon Flowers, and he seemed to smile like he meant it all night long. During “Bones,” Flowers played up the theatrics like a pitch-perfect “American Idol” performance.
“I know this is a Sunday Night,” said Flowers, “but this is the Killers! Let’s turn this into a dancefloor!” he encouraged the massive crowd while introducing “Joyride.” The live horn blasts really added to the one-two punch of “Joyride” and “Bones” and helped keep the crowd moving.
Before “Mr. Brightside,” Flowers told a story about how the riff was the first demo he ever got from guitarist Dave Keuning – and how far the Killers have come. Just five years ago they were playing the early-afternoon slot at the Coachella Festival in the California desert and now in 2009 they were rocking out a proper headlining slot at Lollapalooza, closing things out with “When We Were Young.”