The Killers Cover Jimmy Buffett During Remote Hometown Performance
By Taylor Fields
June 17, 2020
From their studio in their hometown of Las Vegas, The Killers performed an intimate concert for fans during the iHeartRadio Living Room Concert Series presented by State Farm in honor of, as the band's Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. explained, "all those bravely standing for equality, peace and justice." He added, "We all have our differences, but we can agree these priorities are worth fighting for."
The Killers kicked off their performance with their song "Land of the Free," and as the band explained of the track, "We wrote it [the song] about a year ago, and we hate that it's still relevant today." The guys also performed "Human" from 2008's Day & Age and lead single "Caution" off their upcoming new album Imploding the Mirage.
During a special moment in the show, the band covered Jimmy Buffett's "A Pirate Looks at Forty," and The Killers' Brandon Flowers talked about the impact that Buffett has had on him. He said, "I grew up, like I think like a lot of people, knowing about 'Margaritaville' and maybe 'Cheeseburger in Paradise.' And both [are] actually fantastically written songs, but when you really go a little deeper into the catalogue, there is a whole treasure trove by Jimmy Buffett. He's like a masterclass songwriter, actually, and I'm learning from him."
The Killers finished their performance by saying that they look forward to seeing fans on the road again when it's safe to tour, and added, "In the meantime, wear your masks, be safe. We want to say thank you to the doctors, first responders, and the nurses, and all the volunteers, everybody who's helping with this pandemic."
This episode of iHeartRadio Living Room Concert Series presented by State Farm also honors all of the incredible organizations who are helping to fight social injustice and for peace and equality. This week, a donation was made to benefit NCAAP, an organization that, as Brandon Flowers explained, "fights for political, educational, social, and economic equality."
NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson explained, "We have a decision to make as a country. It's one thing to scream at the top of our lungs about the problem, it's another thing to march to the polls to address the problem. We must make the demands required for the future we want to see, and making sure we have people who hold office who are accountable to the communities that we represent, so the communities we represent can have a healthy and prosperous experience in this democracy."
Tiffany Dena Loftin, Director of NAACP Youth & College Division, added, "Our lives depend on how we advocate for ourselves. By adding your voice and your impact, you can help chart the course for our future."
To find out how you can help NAACP during this time, head over to naacp.org/engage.