The Killers played at Barclays Center last night. Personally I thought the show was just ok. The crowd was into it and left happy- if reluctantly- and some of the groupies were… not too bright.
Opening act was a band called The Virgins, a local band from Manhattan, which I guess is why they were picked. From what I’ve seen they’ve had some success and are on the rise, but it really wasn’t much of a performance. Even the crowd was listless for it.
After a set change, The Killers came on. From my years working in retail I’d heard some of their music, so I knew a little about them. The show was ok; not great, not a letdown. But it was damn sure loud. The speaker array they set up was crazy- subs all over the place, even hanging from the ceiling. The kickdrum from both bands could’ve interrupted your heartbeat. The sound check was blowing our ears out and we were up on the main floor. Hundreds of people in the crowd, both on the floor and in the stands, requested foam earplugs- so if anyone’s planning on seeing them, take note. But they still enjoyed themselves.
As always the real fun came after the show was over, with the folks trying to get backstage. I know y’all are huge fans and really would like to get to meet the band, but try to have some dignity. Please? For your own sakes?
And as far as Rhianna’s shows there and J.R. Smith’s subsequent playoff performance… the less said about that, the better.
Lastly, courtesy of the fine folks over at GenX Media, here’s my post about the lack of consumer protections regarding digital rights and technology. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it until things change: the very idea that I don’t own something that I buy is ridiculous and disturbing on every level. And inherently wrong. But it’s ok for corporations to somehow retain ownership of what I’ve bought.