The Killers Brighten Up BJC With ‘Killer’ Performance

It finally happened, folks. After waiting eagerly and patiently for over a year, The Killers performed at the Bryce Jordan Center Tuesday night and put on quite the show.

After putting out their seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, in 2020, The Killers, started their 2022 Tour, “Imploding the Mirage,” in August, and the BJC was lucky enough to be one of their many stops.

English singer Jonny Marr started off the night as their opening act with the best of vibes with his selection of songs including, “Armatopia,” “Panic,” “Night and Day,” and “Easy Money.” Marr got the audience up on its feet by his last number, getting fans ready for the headliner.

Almost an hour into the show, The Killers finally took the stage, and the crowd went wild. Following their first two numbers, “My Own Soul’s Warning” and “Enterlude,” confetti shoots up into the crowd out of nowhere. The energy in the BJC was unmatched.

Photo © 2022 Chris Phelps Imploding the Mirage Tour 2022 Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA 10.4.22.

One of the best moments of their performance was hands down when lead vocalist and keyboardist Brandon Flowers performed using a giant light-up keyboard shaped like an infinity sign, which was front and center throughout the entirety of the show.

The band continued the show with one of its more popular songs, “When You Were Young,” which definitely pleased the crowd. Flowers then shouted out, “Penn State, I think we’re alive!”

Every song had elaborate and insane visual effects, making the performance even more memorable and exciting. Whoever designed the background visuals and lighting layout definitely deserves a raise.

Later in the performance, after singing other familiar songs like, “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,” “Smile Like You Mean It,” “Shot Like a Light,” and “Somebody Told Me,” Flowers introduced their newest single, “Boy.” During this performance, flashlights broke out, naturally.

All of a sudden, sparklers filled the entire back wall, top to bottom, making the show even more electric. The BJC was bright and LOUD.

Photo © 2022 Chris Phelps Imploding the Mirage Tour 2022 Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA 10.4.22.

“My old man was born in Pennsylvania. I got some Pennsylvania in me,” Flowers then said.

Flowers and the rest of the band got the audience chanting “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” during the performance of their inspiring song, “All The Things I’ve Done.”

Once again, by the end of the song, the BJC was filled with patriotic streamers and confetti that came out of nowhere. At this point of the show, I’m sure the whole crowd was thinking they got their money’s worth. The production value was out of this world.

Flowers welcomed Johnny Marr back on stage to perform a song together. The two, along with the band and background singers, rocked out to “There’s a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths.

The band performed around twenty songs and kept the crowd alive and thriving throughout the whole performance. The Killers, of course, wrapped up the show with their most popular song, “Mr. Brightside”, which took the crowd by storm.

Photo © 2022 Chris Phelps Imploding the Mirage Tour 2022 Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA 10.4.22.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the crowd went home with shot voices and hearing loss after the exhilarating performance. All in all, The Killers truly showed the BJC a good time and without a doubt turned a typical Tuesday into a memorable night.

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Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your tips, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected]

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