Monday, May 2, 2011

The Killers Hit Ischgl

The Killers hit the heights with a spectacular Top of the Mountain Concert to mark the end of the ski season at the leading Austrian resort of Ischgl. The American band sang in front of 15,000 fans, many of them skiers and snowboarders enjoying the last of the winter's snow. The band rolled out all their hits in a 90-minute show, kicking off with Human. "We know you could be skiing so we really appreciate you staying here to watch us", frontman Brandon Flowers told the enthusiastic audience.
The members of the band didn't go skiing but they did spend the day before the concert enjoying the mountains. Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning went for a hike with a local guide after saying they wanted to make the most of the fabulous surroundings while they were in the area. The drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr and Mark Stoermer took the gondola lift up for a look round.
Before the concert the band joked about the altitude and worried they might be a bit short of breath due to the thin air. At 2,320m this was the highest gig The Killers have played. They have performed in Mexico City but that is a mere 2,240m above sea level. "It's the first time we have played up a mountain which is great", said Ronnie Vannucci Jr. The band though described the setting and scenery at Ischgl as "awesome".
One of the best-selling bands of this century so far – their Day and Age album was in the Top 10 of best albums – The Killers have stacked up a huge list of awards since forming in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001. In the UK, their single Mr Brightside has been voted the second-best song of the decade and the album Hot Fuss spent a record 173 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. The band have sold more than 5 million albums in the UK and 15 million albums worldwide.
The Killers followed the footsteps of a galaxy of superstars who have entertained skiers and boarders in the Austrian resort's traditional Top of the Mountain gig. Fourteen years ago, Ischgl decided to put its entire advertising and marketing budget into staging two massive concerts a year to open and close the winter season. Elton John was the first star to feature in the Tirolean resort's now famous season closing concerts, back in 1995. Since then the resort has hosted Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Sting, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Atomic Kitten, Peter Gabriel, The Corrs, Alanis Morissette, Lionel Richie, Pink, the Scissor Sisters, the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Elton John again, Gabriella Cilmi, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Gossip.

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