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The Killers are set to perform at this year's Electric Picnic festival alongside the likes of Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Niall Horan.
The Killers have covered U2’s classic, ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’.
At the band’s concert at Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday, lead singer Brandon Flowers told the crowd that they wanted to honour U2 on St Patrick’s Day.
“Do you know why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?” Flowers began.
“We bring with us an Irishman everywhere we go. He’s been doing lights for us for about 17 years, Steven Douglas.”
“Where are you at, Steven?” he called, trying to spot the lighting designer.
Continuing, the 41-year old said, “But even long before we had met Steven – we all love U2 – and they had the little album called The Joshua Tree. We thought, since that’s sort of the common denominator of this band, you know, we all can agree that U2…,” he said, trailing off before walking back towards his fellow band members. “We’re all agreed upon U2, fellas? [They were important] when we first started.”
Before he sang the first few notes of the 1987 track, Flowers said the band were, “gonna to do a little tribute to them – Christianity coming to Ireland and U2 singing about unity – here tonight.”
The themes in the U2 classic centre around religion, identity and unity. Frontman Bono, according to Genius, is said to have based the song around the idea that it is possible to know someone's religion and income by the street they live on.
The American rock band are due to headline this year’s Electric Picnic festival alongside Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Niall Horan.
U2 have also recently released Songs of Surrender, and album of re-recorded tracks produced by the band’s guitarist, the Edge.
Stream the band's performance below.
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