Gary Flockhart: Brandon put on Killer T show

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DOZENS of big-name artists have told me over the years that Scotland is their favourite place to play, and that nothing beats a Scottish crowd for atmosphere. I’ve always taken this with a pinch of salt, suspecting it’s something they say everywhere they go.

When it comes to The Killers’ singer Brandon Flowers, however, I’ve no doubt he was being sincere when he gushed about how special a place Scotland, and T in the Park especially, is to his band.

Asked what makes the Balado-based festival such a magical place for The Killers, Flowers, speaking immediately after his band’s triumphant headline set on Sunday, said: “The people... that kind of sums it up. They’re just more excited about music – and it shows. We’ve just been embraced here, and we love it.”

Embraced they were at the weekend – and deservedly so.

On paper, the Las Vegas showmen’s brand of glamorous indie rock’n’roll seemed perfect to end T’s 20th birthday bash in a fitting style. And so it proved.

The Killers set the bar high with a blistering opening rendition Somebody Told Me, before rattling through towards an encore of When You Were Young and student union favourite Mr Brightside. Even their choice of covers fitted perfectly with the party vibe as the crowd joined in on a mass sing-along of Tiffany 80s classic, I Think We’re Alone Now.

All told, The Killers gave as a good a headline performance as I’ve ever seen from a band at a festival. And I’ve been to a few.

They really looked like they were having a lot of fun up there on stage, and it was infectious for the thousands down on ground level.

It’s been ten years now since the release of their hit-packed debut Hot Fuss, and it’s great to see they still have the same energy and enthusiasm to put on a great show as they did when they were starting out.

Brandon and the boys clearly love playing in Scotland, and the organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay would do a lot worse than to invite them back over for the Capital’s end-of-year extravaganza.

Now that would be something to get excited about.