Austin City Limits 2017: The Killers Cover Petty, Run the Jewels Bring Joy in Final Night of First Weekend
publish date: 2017-10-09
With The Killers’ Sunday night (Oct. 8) headlining set serving as the finale for an Austin City Limits weekend that veritably became Austin Petty Limits by way of myriad tributes to late rock icon Tom Petty from the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Andrew McMahon, Lukas Nelson and the fest’s organizers themselves (via an impressive Saturday skydiving show set to “Free Fallin’”), it’s no wonder the Las Vegas rock outfit wasted zero time in making their own contribution by kicking off this evening’s performance with a cover of “American Girl.”
The ensuing all-in audience singalong established a celebratory tone that persisted throughout the outfit’s nearly 2-hour stand, which drew surprisingly little from recently released No. 1 record Wonderful Wonderful (only Springsteen-esque anthem “Run For Cover” and the P-Funk-meets-David-Byrne stylings of “The Man”) and instead focused on the most uplifting tunes off 2004 debut Hot Fuss and 2006 follow-up Sam’s Town.