In brief: The story of The Killers’ civilization tour in 2013, told in black and also white images.

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Photographer: Erik Weiss

The good: The pictures are gorgeous (even the ones without the boys in them).

The not-so-good: Huge, hefty book (is this an effort by the band also for the fans to build biceps choose Brandon’s?)

Why I chose it: It’s The Killers. I’m a Victim.

Year: 2016

Pages: 296

Publisher: Bravacarry out Books

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

The Killers’ coffee table book (or as some would certainly say photo book for grownups) is a vast, beautiful and also heavy hardcover that portrays the band’s 2013 human being tour for Battle Born in babsence and also white photo form. Only obtainable from the band’s main store, the book has actually an almost mythical status amongst fans. When the band also re-released it last year in assistance for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, I bought it. When I obtained it, I entirely construed why the shipping fee was what it was. This book is huge! It’s additionally incredibly heavy, which is good in several ways: you’re never before going to usage it to swat a fly and also you’ll be required to take breaks while reading to proccasion your legs going numb.

The book is around 99% images – large, lavish photos all in black and white. It’s not simply photos of the band also yet photos of Las Vegas, Wembley stadium, scenery and downtown street shots. To someone that doesn’t live in America, I was wondering if I must be familiar with these and also uncovered myself Googling street and record save names. I can tell you that there is a handy inscription list at the end of the book which will certainly tell you wbelow each photograph was taken through details of the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that till the finish of the book, which intended I had actually to read it aacquire. Sigh. Such a hardship.

A lovely thing around the photographs being so huge is that you have the right to examine many details. So I could look at the publications on the shelf of Stuart Price’s studio and read the spines (Murakami!).

I can also get the guitar tabs for Lou Reed’s Pale Blue Eyes as someone (most likely Dave) practised using a handcomposed lyric/chord sheet.

As a fan, I really appreciated these details. I liked to study the guitars the males were holding, read the Wi-Fi passwords and get an understanding into life off stage without feeling that I was intruding. Would I have favored more words? Sure, I’m a greedy fan. However before, I think it’s good that you have the right to look at the photographs and include your own imagination. It’s a beautiful book, well executed and also an understanding right into life on the road for a touring band.

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I’d love to see something similar from the 2017/2018 Wonderful Wonderful tour in colour (because how else will certainly we execute justice to those gorgeous, often sparkly jackets of Brandon’s?).

(All the images over from the book are freely accessible on the internet – see NME’s write-up right here – but it does contain some nudity Victims!)