Haute Event: The Killers Return to Their Hometown with a Rocking Set at the Chelsea

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Photos: Wyatt Boswell

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas jump-started New Year’s Eve weekend with the first of two sold-out performances from Vegas-born band The Killers inside The Chelsea on Friday night.

The evening began with openers Louis XIV, a rock group from San Diego, and the fast-rising local band Most Thieves. At 10:40 p.m., The Killers took to the main stage, igniting the venue as the award-winning four-piece rocked the crowd with hits such as “Mr. Brightside,” “Human,” “Somebody Told Me,” “Runaways” and “When You Were Young.”

Flowers told the crowd, “It feels good to be back home” and referred to his hometown of Las Vegas as the jewel of the Mohave Desert. In honor of their hometown, they performed part of Frank Sinatra’s “I Get a Kick Out of You” in true Killers’ style. The band closed out their encore with “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

Throughout the resort, other entertainers included The Jennifer Keith Quintet with its vintage throwback sound at The Chandelier, Aloe Blacc at Book & Stage and Toro y Moi at Bond. At Marquee Nightclub, German DJ ATB started off the venue’s four-day dance party, which will finish on Dec. 31 with Benny Benassi’s headlining performance.

The Killers return to The Chelsea tonight for an encore performance to yet another full-capacity crowd. On New Year’s Eve, The Chelsea will host legendary rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers for a truly dynamic night as 2012 winds down its final moments and guests welcome 2013 at Las Vegas’ most distinctive luxury resort.

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