Nevada-based stadium rockers The Killers have continued their return today, with the announcement of two UK stadium gigs, to take place for summer 2018.
The band’s return to prominence began over summer, with the release of certified-banger single ‘The Man’. This was followed by their fifth studio LP Wonderful Wonderful, which dropped in September. These two arena dates will mark the band’s first arena dates on these shores since playing London’s Wembley Stadium in 2013.
— The Killers (@thekillers) December 4, 2017
The announcement of these two new dates (details listed below) comes hot on the heels of Brandon Flowers and co. being confirmed as headliners the historic 50th anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival, alongside Depeche Mode, Kasabian, and Liam Gallagher. Very much in that order.
At the end of last month, during a set at London’s O2 Arena, the band were joined by Joy Division and New Order founding member Bernard Sumner. During their set, the band played a cover of Sumner and Joy Division’s classic ‘Shadowplay’, before being joined by the guitarist himself during the encore, for a rendition of New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle.’
In an interview with Radio X, Flowers regaled how he and Sumner met for the first time; revealing that was in the toilets at an NME Awards ceremony.
“It was our first time going to the NME Awards, and we were starstruck,” Flowers explained. “It was an incredible experience for us. We were just happy to be there. I’m in the bathroom. I’m at the urinal. And Bernard Sumner, who’s one of my heroes, steps up next to me.
“And he starts singing ‘Somebody Told Me’ in my ear. It was so surreal, you know? Was it a good rendition? It was decent, yeah! He can carry a tune. That is so out of this world to have that happen. It was incredible!”
Tickets for the stadium gigs go on sale here on December 8.
23/06/2018- The Liberty Stadium- Swansea, Wales
13/07/18- The Macron Stadium- Bolton