Saturday, June 26, 2004

The Killers charted with “Mr. Brightside”

Last updated 3/21/2020.

Mr. Brightside

The Killers

Writer(s): Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (see lyrics here)

Released: September 29, 2003

First Charted: June 26, 2004

Peak: 10 US, 10 RR, 11 A40, 3 MR, 10 UK, 5 CN, 29 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 2.85 UK, 6.26 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.5 radio, 401.7 video, 783.0 streaming


About the Song:

The Killers “crawled out of Vegas armed with glitzy beats and faux Bowie accents.” RS’09 “Merging Duran Duran makeup, New Order hi-hats, and Bruce Springsteen-ian grandiosity, they gave rock fans a non-geriatric arena-ready alternative to the world’s Nickelbacks this decade.” PF

The group might have just been another of the pack of the new millennium’s wave of new dance-rock, but “‘Mr. Brightside’ made them famous.” RS’09 “Preening and posturing and fusing high drama, power pop, and rock gravitas into one perfectly transcendent song.” LR “In a stroke of genius they never quite equaled, these Las Vegas rockers married the infectious grooves of the then-trendy dance-rock scene to a surging melody straight out of the U2/ Coldplay handbook.” MX They brought along “a story line that sums up the first two seasons of Gossip Girl.” RS’09

The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers had a girlfriend who cheated on him and the band’s guitarist, Dave Keuning, extracted revenge with this song about her. Flowers told Q magazine about discovering her unfaithfulness. “I was asleep and I knew something was wrong. I have these instincts. I went to the Crown and Anchor [a Vegas pub] and my girlfriend was there with another guy.” PF

However, Flowers’ anguish proved to have a “bright side.” The song didn’t just give The Killers their biggest hit, but one thoroughly embraced by fans. UK radio station XFM wrapped the decade with a listener poll to determine the top 1000 songs of all time and “Mr. Brightside” topped the list. While such a lofty position showed the weaknesses of turning an “all time” poll over to voters, it still showed just how much fans cherished the song.

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Sunday, June 13, 2004

In Concert: Rush

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Venue: Sandstone Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS
Tour: R30: 30th Anniversary Tour

The Set List:

1. 'R30 Overture' (medley, with retrospective Jerry Stiller dream intrlo): Finding My Way/Anthem/Bastille Day/A Passage To Bangkok/Cygnus X-1 (Prologue)/ Hemispheres (Prelude)
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Force Ten
4. Animate
5. Subdivisions
6. Earthshine
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. Bravado
10. YYZ
11. The Trees (I Feel Fine & Day Tripper ending)
12. The Seeker
13. One Little Victory

Intermission/'That Darned Dragon' intro

14. Tom Sawyer
15. Dreamline
16. Secret Touch
17. Between the Wheels
18. Mystic Rhythms
19. Red Sector A
20. Drum Solo
21. Resist (acoustic)
22. Heart Full of Soul (acoustic)
23. 2112 (Overture/Temples of Syrinx/Grand Finale)
24. La Villa Strangiato
25. ByTor & the Snow Dog
26. Xanadu
27. Working Man (reggae ending)


28. Summertime Blues
29. Crossroads
30. Limelight
31. Jerry Stiller outro movie