The Killers have responded to an viral video of Irish mourner Brian O’Sullivan paying tribute to a friend with a rendition of Mr Brightside.
O’Sullivan belted out The Killers hit while standing on top of a bar at Falveys Bar in Killorglin, County Kerry. The video of the rousing and passionate rendition went viral – and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by singer Brandon Flowers and the band who shared the video on their Twitter page.
“Brian O’Sullivan, if Brandon ever needs a fill-in, we’re calling you! May we all have friends like this #farmersrule” they wrote to their 2.79m followers, with a link to the video.
— The Killers (@thekillers) March 27, 2016
Footage of Mr O’Sullivan’s version, which was backed by locals, gained hundreds of thousands of views.
The video was filmed after the funeral of Ger ‘Farmer’ Foley on March 24 in the town following the 45-year-old’s death from cystic fibrosis.
Before launching into the song, Mr O’Sullivan told the crowd: “He was the salt of the earth, he will never be replaced and we will remember him forever in our lives.
“I think that the most appropriate song that you can get for this man is Mr Brightside.”
The owners of the pub had posted the link on Vimeo with the message: “Locals in Falveys Bar, Killorglin, Kerry, Ireland paid tribute to Ger Foley on the night of his funeral in the best way possible. Rocking out to Mr Brightside. RIP Ger.”
The video now has over 830,000 views online.
Meanwhile, The Killers are likely to begin previewing new songs when they return to playing live on Saturday. They play a three-date run, including the first gig at the new arena in their Las Vegas hometown next week.
As Brandon Flowers told Loaded last November, the band are “more united than ever” as they begin work on their first album since 2012’s Battle Born.
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