Live from the Royal Albert Hall

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Live album by The Killers
Released 9 November 2009
Recorded 5–6 July 2009, Royal Albert Hall
Genre Indie rock[1]
Length 78:18
Label Island
The Killers chronology
Day & Age
(2008)
Live from the Royal Albert Hall
(2009)
(Red) Christmas
(2011)
Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Video by The Killers
Released November 9, 2009
Recorded 5–6 July 2009: Royal Albert Hall
Genre Alternative rock, post-punk revival, new wave
Length 2:40:00
Label Island
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Starpulse 5/5 stars[3]
IGN 4.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Contact Music (Very Favourable)[6]
The A.V. Club (Favourable) [7]

Live from the Royal Albert Hall is a live album and DVD by American rock band The Killers. It was released on November 10, 2009 in the UK, Canada and the US.[8] The album is pulled from two nights the band performed at the Royal Albert Hall in July 2009, and also includes footage from festival dates the band headlined during the middle months of 2009.[8][9] A CD of live material accompanies the DVD as part of the package.[8] The artwork resembles the artwork for the band's third studio album, Day & Age, and was designed by artist Paul Normansell.[10]

Brandon Flowers said the decision to film the band's first live DVD at the Royal Albert Hall was because "London’s always been very good to us. They opened their arms to us before anybody else did. And Royal Albert Hall is a very iconic and special place. I grew up watching Morrissey videos that he had filmed there. So it was really exciting to be a part of it."[11]

Live from the Royal Albert Hall was nominated for Best DVD at the 2010 NME Awards.[12]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United States November 3, 2009 Island iTunes
United Kingdom November 9, 2009 Mercury DVD/CD
United States November 10, 2009 Island DVD/CD B0013632-50 (6 02527 17740 3)
Blu-ray B0013634-59[13]

Track listings[edit]

DVD and Blu-ray disc
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Enterlude"   Brandon Flowers Sam's Town  
2. "Human"   Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Day & Age  
3. "This Is Your Life"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
4. "Somebody Told Me"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Hot Fuss  
5. "For Reasons Unknown" (extended) Flowers Sam's Town  
6. "The World We Live In"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
7. "Joy Ride"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
8. "I Can't Stay" (plus piano reprise) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
9. "Bling (Confession of a King)" (extended) Flowers, Stoermer Sam's Town  
10. "Shadowplay" (Joy Division cover) Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner Sawdust  
11. "Smile Like You Mean It"   Flowers, Stoermer Hot Fuss  
12. "Losing Touch"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
13. "Spaceman" (extended) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
14. "A Dustland Fairytale" (plus reprise) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
15. "Sam's Town" (acoustic) Flowers Sawdust  
16. "Read My Mind"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer Sam's Town  
17. "Mr. Brightside"   Flowers, Keuning Hot Fuss  
18. "All These Things That I've Done"   Flowers Hot Fuss  
19. "Sweet Talk"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Sawdust  
20. "This River Is Wild"   Flowers, Stoermer Sam's Town  
21. "Bones"   Flowers, Stoermer, Vannucci Sam's Town  
22. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"   Flowers, Stoermer Hot Fuss  
23. "When You Were Young"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Sam's Town  
24. "Exitlude"   Flowers Sam's Town  
25. "Tranquilize" (Bonus Footage Live from Oxegen Festival 2009) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Sawdust  
26. "Human" (Bonus Footage Live from Hyde Park, London) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Day & Age  
27. "Mr. Brightside" (Bonus Footage Live from Hyde Park, London) Flowers, Keuning Hot Fuss  
28. "Smile Like You Mean It (50/50)" (Bonus Footage Live from V Festival 2009) Flowers, Stoermer Hot Fuss  
29. "When You Were Young" (Bonus Footage Live from V Festival 2009) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Sam's Town  
  • The DVD also includes behind-the-scenes footage, including interviews with crew and fans.
  • Although it was not announced by the band, they also released a Blu-ray version of the concert, although this does not include the live CD.[14]
CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Human"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 5:29
2. "This Is Your Life"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 3:38
3. "Somebody Told Me"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 3:21
4. "The World We Live In"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:24
5. "I Can't Stay" (plus piano reprise) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:51
6. "Bling (Confession of a King)" (extended) Flowers, Stoermer 6:28
7. "Shadowplay" (Joy Division cover) Curtis, Hook, Morris, Sumner 4:04
8. "Smile Like You Mean It"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:18
9. "Losing Touch"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:10
10. "Spaceman" (extended) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 5:24
11. "A Dustland Fairytale" (plus reprise) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:57
12. "Sam's Town" (piano version) Flowers 4:03
13. "Read My Mind"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer 4:22
14. "Mr. Brightside"   Flowers, Keuning 3:53
15. "All These Things That I've Done"   Flowers 5:55
16. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:27
17. "When You Were Young"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:43
Total length:
78:18

Limited Edition formats[edit]

The Killers announced that they will be offering exclusive Limited Edition packages for the album.[15]

Collector's Package
  • The album in DVD/CD or Blu-ray
  • Poster promoting the original concerts
  • Poster of the band and cover art
  • 12" picture discs of "Human" and "Spaceman"
  • 7" white vinyl of "Human"
  • LP version of Day & Age
  • iPod friendly "When You Were Young" video
Fan Package
  • The album in DVD/CD or Blu-ray
  • Poster promoting the original concerts
  • iPod friendly "When You Were Young" video

Formats[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Critical response to Live from the Royal Albert Hall was positive. Starpulse said the release was "quite possibly the best live album and video since Elvis and his 'Aloha From Hawaii' some 36 years ago. It's nothing less than rock and roll at its greatest," and gave it five stars out of five. Rolling Stone gave it four-out-of-five stars and claimed "Brandon Flowers doesnt sing: he testifies."[16] Entertainment Weekly put the DVD on its "Must List", remarking "When Brandon Flowers et al. explode into closing number "When You Were Young," and the fans start to sing (and then jump) along, it's a wonder those 138-year-old walls stay standing."[17]

Commercial[edit]

Live from the Royal Albert Hall was the 4th best selling music DVD in the UK in 2009, selling 84,000 copies in the UK in the 7 weeks following release,[18] and has gone on to sell over 505,000 units worldwide to date.[citation needed]

Album chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales
Dutch Album Chart[19] 35 10.000+
Mexico Albums Chart[19] 5 Gold 35.000+
German Album Chart[20] 60
Spanish Album Chart[21] 42 10.000+

DVD chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales
Brazil - ABPD[22] 7 Gold 25.000+
UK Music DVD Chart[23] 2 2x Platinum 100.000+
UK DVD Chart[24] 12 ^ ^
Irish Music DVD Chart[25] 1 Platinum 10.000+
Australian ARIA Music DVD Chart[26] 5 Platinum 15.000+
US Music DVD Chart[27][28] 1 Platinum 150.000+
Year end charts (2009) Position
UK Music DVD Chart of 2009[29] 4
Australia ARIA Music DVD Chart of 2009[30] 49

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