Thursday, November 18, 2010
So I went to the Brandon Flowers concert last night at the Depot. If you are not sure who he is, he is the front singer for the band “The Killers,” who has taken a heitis while they get some much needed R&R (and who knows, maybe a little rehab?) Just kidding, that was sooo judgmental... Anyway, Brandon had stated in an interview last summer that he wanted to keep going, so he wrote his first solo album and is now touring the world. So here is my review…
How was that for getting to the point? Do you think the local paper would be interested in hiring me to write reviews of concerts? No? Okay, well, here’s a little more to be said on the matter:
Brandon is the new Johnny Cash of our time. It’s a bold statement, but I think one that he deserves after hearing his gut wrenching, soul searching songs from his first solo album “Flamingo.” He is just as tormented and honest about his demons as Johnny was, and because of that you can’t help but love him. And isn’t that what it is all about anyway? Loving people through their struggles, holding a hand out so they can lift themselves up? It’s obvious by his songs about redemption, faith, prayer, and not giving up that Brandon has not given up on himself. But because he does not live his Mormon faith perfectly a lot of people have written him off and that is where the demons show up in his haunting songs.
His voice was strong, his energy was awesome and he looked fantastic. Okay, so they started forty-five minutes late, and this old lady was wearing boots, but once the show began and Brandon’s amazingly versatile baritone voice sang out, all was forgiven, at least by this particular victim. My favorite songs were Margarita, Crossfire, Only the Young, On my knees and his acoustical surprise with his Killers drum pal Ronnie Vannucci, who surprised us all when he appeared on stage with a guitar in his hand, and sang When you were young.
All in all a great show. I only have one request: When the backup singers get sick, or need a break, CALL ME!!! Oh, I have one more request. Do a Johnny Cash song. Please!! He has soo many great ones that Brandon could real croon to.
What is your favorite Brandon Flowers or Johnny Cash tune? What do you think about me joining their band? What band would you join if you could. AAHHH, the life of a rock star. Sun glasses and autographs. Wait, didn’t Kristy McNichol tell us it wasn’t all that? By the way, where is she now?
A few extra pics. Ilove this one of Dan doing e-mails while we wait. Argh! work never ends.