The Killers performed a monster set on Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 13th to celebrate Kimmel's birthday, performing three classics and one brand new song, "Old Man Jimmy (Is Soon To Die)," written specifically for the occasion. The three classics, "Mr. Brightside," "When You Were Young," and "All These Things That I've Done," were performed on the live stage to promote their new greatest hits compilation, Direct Hits, which released this week. Spanning a wide range of the band's career, each song was played with the band's youthful energy, making it hard to believe that they recorded their debut Hot Fuss almost ten years ago.
"Old Man Jimmy (Is Soon To Die)" stole the show however, depicting the band in the intimate studio setting, performing a soft, solemn ode to Jimmy Kimmel's loss of youthful innocence. Kimmel was disappointed, as he expected the band to take advice from him in writing the track. His suggestions, including a rap breakdown, compliments about his eyebrows and muscular calves and his ultimate wish for the chorus to be an excited spelling out of "J-I-M-M-Y" and "P-A-R-T-Y" were all thrown away in favor of something more poetic. Frontman Brandon Flowers sings: "Old Man Jimmy, is soon to die/ Ashes float up to the sky/ Old Man Jimmy, is soon to die/ Maggots crawl out of your eyes." A good sport, Kimmel took his foretold violent death scenarios in stride, still excited to have an original Killers song to his name.
Check out their full stage performances of "Mr. Brightside," "When You Were Young," and "All These Things That I've Done":
"When You Were Young"
"All These Things That I've"