Wigan boys The Lathums have had a seriously big career moment this week, when The Killers pulled them up on stage to perform one of their own songs.
Killers frontman Brendon Flowers sang How Beautiful Life Can Be, from The Lathum’s album of the same name, standing side-by-side with Alex Moore from the group.
Although he pronounced the band name wrong (it’s Lah-thums, rather than Lay-Thums), Brendon had some lovely things to say about the local indie band.
The star said: “We’ve had the great pleasure of playing a few shows with The Lathums. They are a great band from the UK, from a town – from Wigan, right?
“I first heard about them from this song, it’s called ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ and it’s a beautiful song. We’re going to share it with you now.”
Those who were at the gig in Vienna shared videos of the touching moment, with Alex visibly beaming.
Several people in the audience can be heard chanting ‘Up the tics’, in reference to football team Wigan Athletic.
One person said: “Imagine that, a band that were performing before you were even old enough to hold a guitar, playing a song of yours. Proper magic that. Up the tics!”
Another wrote: “This is what dreams are made of. A song written at home, inspired lyrics by his mother during a pandemic and now sung together with one of the biggest bands on the planet at a venue full of music lovers. Perfect. Well played @TheLathums @thekillers.”
Someone else tweeted: “Think this is the definition of made it.”
The Killers to play THREE huge gigs in Manchester next summer
The Killers have announced three massive arena shows here in Manchester for next summer on their Rebel Diamonds Tour.
The Las Vegas indie rock legends have announced the tour to celebrate 20 years of hits together, and will release a brand new compilation album of the same name next week.
The Rebel Diamonds Tour will mark the first time The Killers have played arena shows in the UK since 2017, though they wowed huge crows with their summer show at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground last summer.
The Killers will be at the Co-op Live arena for three nights in June 2024, with other shows announced in Dublin, London and Glasgow.
The group, consisting of Brandon Flowers (vocals), Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums), Dave Keuning (guitar), and Mark Stoermer (bass), are behind massive hits including Mr Brightside, When You Were Young, Read My Mind and Human.
They’ll bring together some of those huge hits from their back catalogue into the new Rebel Diamond album.
It will feature at least one song from each of the band’s seven studio albums, from their groundbreaking debut Hot Fuss to the band’s latest release Pressure Machine.
Brandon Flowers said of the record: “See it’s been said that what’s remembered lives, and we’ve racked up stadiums full of memories the past twenty years, enough to fill lifetimes. Twenty songs for twenty years – Rebel Diamonds.”
The Killers will perform at the Co-Op Live in Manchester on 18, 19 and 21 June 2024.
Tickets will go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 8 December through See Tickets.
Troye Sivan announces huge Manchester gig on European tour
Pop superstar Troye Sivan has just announced a massive gig in Manchester on his upcoming tour.
The Rush singer shared the news with a video posted on his social media, saying he is ‘so nervous’ to announce the tour.
The tour will come in support of his third studio album Something to Give Each Other.
Troye Sivan, who is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year, said he’s created the show to be ‘the best night of your life’.
The Australian singer’s tour dates will take him to cities including Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam and London, kicking off in Lisbon on 29 May.
He will reach the Manchester AO Arena on 22 June 2024.
In a video posted on TikTok and Instagram, Troye said: “When we wrote ‘Something to Give Each Other’, we wrote it as a live show. And I’ve been so nervous to announce this because I want this to be THE pop show.