REVIEW: The Killers Heat Up the Garden

The Killers in the desert

Photo by Anton Corbijn

The Killers were in fine form as they brought their Wonderful Wonderful tour to the TD Garden on Sunday night, warming the eager-eyed audience that braved the cold. Alex Cameron got things started with his groovy, sax-filled new wave sound that’s reminiscent of some of Brandon Flowers’ solo output. For those who love when touring acts drop some local knowledge, Cameron, who grew up in Australia, told about how he got a Paul Pierce jersey as a teenager and has been a Celtics fan ever since. Respect, mate. 

Though the Killers brought their A-game on their biggest hits, the best moment of the night was inevitably when Flowers began listing some of the “many wonderful things” that Boston has given the rest of the world, including the 80s Celtics and The Cars, “a band that is very near and dear to [Flowers’] heart.” They then proceeded to shred a faithful cover of The Cars’ 1978 classic “Just What I Needed.” 

While better known songs like “Somebody Told Me” and “When You Were Young” have, of course, been refined in this live setting after so many performances over years, the tracks that stole the show were those you might have forgotten about if you haven’t listened to their full albums, like “Smile Like You Mean It” and “This River is Wild.” 

Backed by a vibrant visual display, filled with videos shot for tracks from their latest album Wonderful Wonderful, the group set off on a stadium-ready journey through their vision of a synth-drenched western desert. The audience, joyfully singing along to every word, took delight at the most cathartic moments, especially the confetti explosions during performances like “All These Things That I’ve Done.” With recent news that they’ll headline numerous spring and summer festivals, including Boston Calling,  the Killers are aiming to be at the top of their game.