The Killers UK tour 2018: the concerts, dates and new album
Las Vegas rockers The Killers are back with new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ and have just finished a UK tour to support it.
Playing an epic 14 concerts across the UK and Ireland including London, Birmingham and Dublin, the ‘Mr Brightside’ hitmakers had a busy 2017.
But no sooner had they put down their instruments did they announce dates for 2018, including two huge stadium gigs and UK festival appearances.
Here’s everything we know about The Killers UK tour 2018 and the new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’.
The Killers UK tour 2018 - cities and dates
British fans were over the moon when The Killers announced the ‘Wonderful Wonderful World Tour’ with so many dates across the UK. After a series of festival appearances across the UK and Europe in June/July 2017, as well as a spate of promotional shows, the band launched the official world tour at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on November 6.
Here’s the complete list of UK and Europe dates for The Killers tour 2018:
- Helsinki (Finland), February 19
- Oslo (Norway), February 23
- Stockholm (Sweden), February 24
- Copenhagen (Denmark), February 25
- Berlin (Germany), February 27
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), February 28
- Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), March 1
- Paris (France), March 3
- Cologne (Germany), March 5
- Antwerp (Belgium), March 6
- Rome - Rock in Rio (Italy), June 20
- Milan - I-Days Festival (Italy), June 21
- Swansea - Liberty Stadium (UK), June 23
- Isle of Wight Festival (UK), June 24
- Dublin, RDS Arena (Ireland), June 26 (NEW)
- Lisbon - Rock in Rio (Portugal), June 29
- Glasgow - TRNSMT Festival (UK), July 8
- Bolton - Macron Arena (UK), July 13
- Suffolk, Latitude Festival (UK), July 14
- Benicassim International Festival (Spain), July 19-22
The Killers ‘Wonderful Wonderful World Tour’ setlist and band lineup
Considering The Killers have already performed a number of dates in 2017, we do have a rough idea of what the 2018 setlist might look like...
Here’s a possible setlist for The Killers 2018 concerts:
- Somebody Told Me
- The Way It Was
- Smile Like You Mean It
- The Man
- Bling (Confession of a King)
- For Reasons Unknown
- A Dustland Fairytale
- Read My Mind
- All These Things That I’ve Done
- This Is Your Life
- Shot at the Night
- When You Were Young
- Mr. Brightside
To the disappointment of many fans, guitarist Dave Keuning didn't join the band on the 2017 dates of the tour, opting to spend time with his family. The news follows the group’s statement that bassist Mark Stoermer would also be taking a step back from performing live in order to focus on studying and to release a solo album, but still worked on ‘Wonderful Wonderful’.
They were replaced on tour by guitarist Ted Sablay and bassist Jake Blanton, while lead singer Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr continued.
— The Killers (@thekillers) 28 August 2017
Everything you need to know about The Killers' new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’
The Killers’ new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was released to critical acclaim on September 22, 2017. It’s the band’s fifth studio album and comes five years after ‘Battle Born’. On the recommendation of U2 frontman Bono, The Killers had Jacknife Lee produce the album.
The full tracklist for ‘Wonderful Wonderful’:
- Wonderful Wonderful
- The Man
- Life to Come
- Run for Cover
- Tyson vs. Douglas
- Some Kind of Love
- Out of My Mind
- The Calling
- Have All the Songs Been Written
The album went straight to number one on both the UK and US charts. This is The Killers' first number one album in their native US and their fifth consecutive number one album in the UK - making them the first ever international act to chart their first five albums at number one.
In a video interview with NME, Flowers revealed how he came up with the name of the album. He said, “I was in the desert and there was a storm coming. I thought 'wonderful, wonderful' and I was able to use it in a song that I wrote with Mark, our bass player, and it ended being an important part of the record."
The first single from the new album was ‘The Man’. It was released on June 14 and features a cameo from former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman.
The song explores the kind of people the band members were when they were younger, how they felt invincible and spouted a lot of negativity.
After ‘The Man’ came the album’s second single ‘Run For Cover’. The song deals with themes of domestic violence and many commentators believe it serves as a veiled attack on President Donald Trump with lyrics referring to “fake news”.
The Killers later released a video for the emotional third single 'Rut'. The song was inspired by Flowers' wife - who has struggled with PTSD.
Other songs on the album include ‘Have All The Songs Been Written?’, for which the band recruited Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and ‘The Calling’, which features a Bible reading from actor Woody Harrelson.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on The Killers UK tour 2018 and the new album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’.