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The Killers Outshine Stellastarr* - The Cockpit, Leeds - Friday Feb 27 th

Stellastarr* with The Killers

Words: Jude Stone & Jemma Volp-Fletcher

It wasn't that something was lacking from Stellastarr*'s well packaged and prepared 80'sesque rock riffs and janglings. In fact, New York's most hotly-tipped offspring lived up to the hype surrounding their live sound but the problem, and it was a big problem, lay in their blatant upstaging by their support, fellow countrymen and Las Vegas' finest, The Killers.

Stellastarr* looked good and had more than enough presence to fill the tiny stage. The harmonising from bassist beauty Amanda Tannen perfectly complimented the vocals of front man

Music - The Killers Outshine Stellastarr* - The Cockpit, Leeds - Friday Feb 27 th

Shawn Christensen and were ably supported by the musical offerings of bandmates Arthur Kremer (percussion, keyboards) and Michael Jurin (Guitar). Somewhat predictable highlights came in the shape of new single My Coco', released March 8 th through RCA and previous single Jenny'.

Unfortunately, by the time Stellarstarr* stepped on stage their fate was sealed, as The Cockpit crowd was still reeling from the undeniably more stellar' performance turned in by their own support act that the native New Yorkers cosmic charms failed to top or even equal.

The Nevada four stole the show, belting out their Almond-esque electro-rhythms and engaging the crowd with an on-stage energy that would be enough to power the bright lights of the Vegas Strip.

The poster-boy good looks of frontman Brandon Flowers and his band, Dave Keuning on guitar, Mark Stoermer on bass and Ronnie Vennucci on drums, are equalled only by their talent, charisma and pure showmanship.

New single Somebody Told Me', released March 15 th on CD and 7, featuring extra tracks The Ballad of Michael Valentine' and Under the Gun', looks set to propel The Killers to the big time and former single Mr Brightside' also garnered an enthusiastic response.

Lock up your girlfriends, The Killers' onslaught has begun.

The two bands continue to play venues across the UK throughout February and March, full dates below. If you too feel that Stellastarr* are a nice but unnecessary add-on, you can catch The Killers' Headline shows in Nottingham , Sheffield , Cardiff and Bath directly following the Stellastarr* support slots.

Full tour dates Stellastarr* with The Killers:

27.02 Leeds Cockpit

28.02 Sheffield Leadmill

29.02 Leicester Charlotte

01.03 Glasgow King Tut's

02.03 Birmingham Academy 2

03.03 Manchester Hop and grape

04.03 London Electric ballroom

06.03 Bristol Fleece and Firkin

07.03 Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms

The Killers headline gigs:

10.03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms

11.03 Sheffield Uni Fez Club

12.03 Cardiff Barfly

13.03 Bath Moles

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