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September 21, 2022


  • Nephi City plays a part in recent the Killers concert

By Myrna Trauntvein
TN Correspondent

The Killers, an alternative rock group, recently held a concert at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on August 30, 2022 and Justin Seely, an old friend of Brandon Flowers, the band’s front man, was present.

Flowers grew up in Nephi, and his latest work features the community.

“After the first set,” said Seely, “Brandon put up a sideshow. The sideshow featured Nephi.”

Ahead of their globe-trotting arena tour, The Killers released a new single called “boy.”

Flowers elaborated in a statement, “This was the first song written after we had to cancel the Imploding the Mirage tour due to the pandemic. I had recently moved back to Utah and started to make trips to Nephi, where I grew up. I found that the place I had wanted to get away from so desperately at 16 was now a place that I couldn’t stop returning to. I have a son approaching the age I was at that time in my life. With ‘boy,’ I want to reach out and tell myself — and my sons — to not overthink it. And to look for the ‘white arrows’ in their lives. For me now, white arrows are my wife, children, my songs and the stage.”

“It was a night to remember,” said Seely. “They played many songs that featured Nephi.”

He and his wife and a group of friends attended the concert together, said Seely. They had been doing that for several years.

“I took a few Nephi pins with me,” said Seely. “After the concert, there were some people from the United Kingdom there. We talked and I gave them some Nephi pins.”

He said that they were delighted to receive them.

In fact, the popularity of The Killers and the knowledge that Flowers grew up in Nephi had brought tourists to Nephi, said Seely.

“They come here trying to locate the places he shows,” said Seely.

The Killers, playing in front of thousands at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, noted a group with teen Alec Anderson, from Lehi, holding a sign that said, “Let me drum with my heroes” for most of the show. Toward the concert’s end, Flowers called him to the stage.

Andersen then got behind the drum kit and played “For Reasons Unknown” along with the band. The teen played the tune flawlessly as The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. picked up a guitar and watched.

The group, formed in 2001, originated out of Las Vegas, NV. They rose to popularity in 2004 with their hit album Hot Fuzz which featured the song “Mr. Brightside.” The band consists of Flowers, Vannucci Jr, guitarist Dave Keuning, and bassist Mark Stoermer. They have released seven studio albums, B-sides and rarities compilation, a live album, a greatest hits album, and a Christmas album. They have sold more than 28 million records worldwide, including 10.8 million in the U.S. alone. They have performed in 50 countries and on six continents, headlining at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival. (Wikipedia)