The Killers have joined the appropriately long list of current artists who have taken to their musical abilities to honor the late Tom Petty, who died last Monday from cardiac arrest. The rock band, who just celebrated the release of their fifth studio album with Wonderful Wonderful back on Sept. 22, were in Austin, Texas on Sunday to headline the closing night of Austin City Limits Music Festival’s weekend one, and made sure to include a few tributes to their fallen hero with covers of Petty’s classic hits, “American Girl” and “The Waiting.”
As seen in the fan-shot videos above and below, the Killers opened their headlining set with the familiar opening chords to Petty’s “American Girl” before transitioning in to their own “Mr. Brightside.”
“Ladies and gentlemen!” singer Brandon Flowers can be heard saying over the mic before an image of Petty appears on the big screen behind the stage. “Pay some respect to the irreplaceable, the one and only, Tom Petty!”
The band’s more toned down version of “The Waiting” wouldn’t come until 13 more songs into their set, and joined a cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” which was also mixed into Sunday evening’s fun. This time it was just Flowers and his guitarist for a duet version of Petty’s 1981 single.
The Killers are scheduled to headline ACL’s second weekend in addition to a few other appearances at Phoenix’s Lost Lake Festival and New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival later this month before heading over to the U.K. and Ireland in November. Their 2018 North American headlining tour is scheduled to kick off shortly after the start of the new year on Jan. 5 in Toronto. Tickets for select shows throughout their 2018 run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.