The Killers have paid tribute to the late, great Lou Reed. At their Las Vegas hometown’s first annual Life Is Beautiful Festival on October 27, the covers–prone four took a pause from their usual bombast to play a tender, low-key version of “Pale Blue Eyes,” an understated classic from the Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled third album (and a personal favorite of Patti Smith). The fan-shot footage seen above doesn’t offer a close-up of frontman Brandon Flowers, but the audio comes through clearly, along with the sentiment.
The Killers and Reed collaborated previously, teaming up for “Tranquilize,” a single taken from the glammy band’s 2007 Sawdust compilation. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (via Consequence of Sound), after closing “Pale Blue Eyes,” Flowers told the audience he was “trying to rip off” Reed’s landmark Transformer LP when he wrote 2004’s “All These Things That I’ve Done.” The Killers leader explained, “It all went horribly wrong and became this damn song.”
- Toesucker Blues: Robert Christgau’s Farewell Salute to Lou Reed
- Dave Hickey on Lou Reed: ‘We Have Lost the Master of the Mundane and the Malicious
- The Little Giant: Actor/Director John Cameron Mitchell Remembers His Neighbor, Lou Reed
- Lou Reed, R.I.P.: Hear His Legacy in 15 Tracks
- Five Great Rap Songs That Sample Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground