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Live Blog: The Killers Live at Glastonbury 2017

After a weekend of speculation and rumors, The Killers are set to take to the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury in just a few minutes time.  Assuming that my stream holds, I will live blog the show and update the setlist.

The Killers are scheduled to hit the stage in about 2 minutes; 5:30pm UK time, 12:30pm EST.


  • The ‘K’ has been illuminated. 
  • Mark Stoermer is on stage.
  • ‘What’s up Glastonbury? It’s good to be here.  They say you play the John Peel Stage twice in your career; once on the way up and once on the way down.‘- Brandon Flowers


  1. When You Were Young
  2. Somebody Told Me
  3. Spaceman
  4. Human
  5. Smile Like You Mean It
  6. The Man (Brandon dedicated it to ‘the ladies’.)
  7. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
  8. Read My Mind
  9. Runaways
  10. All These Things That I’ve Done
  11. Mr. Brightside

Set has concluded.


On this day in music history: November 15, 1982 - “Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth is released. Written by Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Fergusson and Fitzroy Simpson, it is the second single and biggest hit for the band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 1979, the band consists of two sets of brothers Michael (keyboards, vocals) and Kelvin Grant (guitar, vocals) and Fredrick (“Junior”) (drums) and Patrick Waite (bass). The Waites’ father Fredrick, Sr., formerly of The Techniques, puts the band together. Sr. and Junior share lead vocals, though eventually the boys mutual friend Dennis Seaton (lead vocals, percussion) joins. They begin playing local pubs, releasing their first single “Generals” (b/w “Political”) in 1981. A copy makes its way to BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who invite them to perform on his show. The program heightens their profile quickly, and leads to them being signed by MCA Records. Paired with producer Peter Collins (Jermaine Stewart, Tracey Ullman, Nik Kershaw), they record a cover of The Mighty Diamonds’ “Pass The Kouchie”. With “Kouchie” being Jamaican slang for a pot marijuana is kept in, it’s changed to “Pass The Dutchie”, meaning “pass the cooking pot”. It also incorporates lyrics from U Brown’s “Gimme The Music”. Released in the UK in September of 1982, “Pass The Dutchie” receives its initial exposure through DJ Zach Diezel who helps break the record. It is accompanied by a music video directed by Don Letts (The Clash). It quickly races to #1 on the UK singles chart, spending three weeks at the top. It hits the charts throughout the rest of the world, including in the US. The video is aired on MTV, and leaps on to American radio, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 R&B and #11 on the Club Play chart by early 1983. Musical Youth’s first album “The Youth Of Today” also is a hit, with “Pass The Dutchie” selling over four million copies worldwide. It also earns them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1984. Their success is short lived, when the boys ranging in age between 11 and 14 years old when “Dutchie” is a hit, are taken advantage of by corrupt managers. MCA then attempts to push them in a more pop and R&B direction with their second album “Different Style!”, which flops. Undone by these setbacks and Patrick Waite’s downward spiral into drug addiction, result in Musical Youth’s demise in 1985. Patrick dies of a congenital heart condition at the age of 24 in 1993. Junior is later institutionalized, suffering from mental illness. Kelvin Grant disillusioned with the music business, becomes a virtual recluse. Michael and Dennis re-form Musical Youth as a duo in 2001 and have since performed live on the 80’s revival circuit. “Pass The Dutchie” has endured in popularity over the years, being referred to in songs by Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, Beck, and has been sampled by Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. It is also featured in the films “The Wedding Singer”, “Boy” and “Scooby-Doo”.


New Order performing live on the John Peel show, 26th January 1981


On this day in music history: November 12, 1984 - “Hatful Of Hollow” by The Smiths is released. Produced by John Porter, The Smiths, Roger Pusey and Dale “Buffin” Griffin it is recorded at BBC Radio 1 and Jam Studios in London from Spring 1983 - Summer 1984. The bands’ first compilation album, it is issued just seven months after their debut release. The album compiles single A and B-sides released in the UK, and contains several tracks recorded BBC Radio 1 originally broadcast on shows by DJ’s John Peel and David Jensen. The track “How Soon Is Now?” originally issued as a B-side in the UK is reissued in both the UK and US as a separate A-side in 1985. In spite of its UK success, the album is not released in the US until 1993. Also in 1993, a limited editon vinyl pressing of the album, pressed on two 10" discs is issued in the UK and Europe. “How Soon” is added to US edition of the bands’ second studio album “Meat Is Murder” in 1985. “Hollow” is remastered and reissued on CD and as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2011. “Hatful Of Hollow” peaks at number seven on the UK album chart.

cygnet committee
David Bowie

“Cygnet Committee” is a song written by David Bowie in 1969 for his second eponymous album (released in the U.S. as Man of Words, Man of Music and re-released in 1972 as Space Oddity). At over 9 minutes this ambitiousprogressive folk rock song was Bowie’s longest studio recording until the opening/title track of 1976’s Station to Station.

As with many of Bowie’s works, the song is a dystopian narrative. One strand of the story concerns a man who helped revolutionaries establish a new order by, “open[ing] doors that would have blocked their way” and “ravag[ing] at my finance.” The revolutionaries, “let him use his powers,” so they could “infiltrate business cesspools/Hating through our sleeves.” But “now [they] are strong” while the man “sits alone growing older” having been forgotten by those he helped. The other strand of the story describes the post-revolutionary world, revealing that it is not the utopia that had been hoped for. The mottoes of the new state are, “I will kill for the good of the fight for the right to be right,” and “We can force you to be free.” Near the end of the song, the narrator describes what has become of the revolution:

A love machine lumbers through desolation rows

Ploughing down man, woman, listening to its command

But not hearing anymore.

Bowie played the song at The Sunday Show introduced by John Peel on 5 February 1970. This was broadcast on 8 February 1970 and in 2000 was released on the album Bowie at the Beeb.

It was released as the B-side of the Eastern European single “The Width of a Circle” in June 1973.

It appeared on the Japanese compilation The Best of David Bowie in 1974.

“I basically wanted to be a cry to fucking humanity. The beginning of the song when I first started it was saying—Fellow man I do love you—I love humanity, I adore it, it’s sensational sensuous, exciting—it sparkled and it’s also pathetic at the same time. And it was a cry to list O.K., that was the first section. And then I tried to get into the dialogue between two kinds of forces. First the sponsor of the revolution, the quasi-capitalist who believes that he is left wing and put support into a lot of the pure, what ended up being what I anticipated that particular movement for quite a few months over in England. People like Mick Farren, Jerry Rubin, etc.” —  David Bowie, about Cygnet Committee - Interview, March 1973