The Killers bring Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a rousing finish

The Killers closed out the Ya Salam after-race concerts on Sunday. AFP
Updated 02 December 2019

The Killers bring Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a rousing finish

  • The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came to a triumphant close on Sunday with a roaring performance by The Killers
  • The performance was an energetic medley of some of their biggest hits

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix came to a triumphant close on Sunday with a roaring performance by iconic American band The Killers who brought the house down at Yas Island’s Du Arena.

The Las Vegas rockers, who gave us “Run for Cover” and “Somebody Told Me,” closed out the Ya Salam after-race concerts, following a string of stellar performances from the likes of DJ Marshmello who kicked things off on Thursday, rappers Future and Gucci Mane who took to the stage on Friday and Saturday’s performer Lana Del Rey.

The performance, which was their first in Abu Dhabi in over a decade — the group’s last appearance in the emirate was in 2009 — was an energetic medley of some of their biggest hits, including from their 2004 multi-platinum debut album, “Hot Fuss” such as “All These Things That I’ve Done,” “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside,” which had the entire crowd singing along.

With no shortage of chart-topping hits to pick and choose from, the band also performed live renditions of classics such as “When You Were Young” and “Smile Like You Mean It.”  

At one point, the band’s lead vocalist, Brandon Flowers, invited an eager fan on the stage to take over the drums from Ronnie Vannucci Jr. for the 2006 track "For Reasons Unknown."

It’s not the first time the Las Vegas natives have rocked a Formula 1 crowd. The band previously performed at the Singapore Grand Prix last year.

Concert goers also got to enjoy a performance from British dance pop duo Hollaphonic, who opened up for the band.  


Film Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ plays on novelty

The jungle gets more challenging and the game scarier in ‘Jumanji: The Next Level.’ (Supplied)
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Film Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ plays on novelty

CHENNAI: The remake of the 1996 film “Jumanji” landed in 2017, with an alluring title “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” could be described as sequel of sorts after 22 years. It was a high-octave adventure set in a virtual world, with four teens getting into it through a video game in a drawing room. Each sank into a character from the game, proving a super hit with children and adults, letting their imaginations run riot and indulging in the fantasies they had always desired.

“Jumanji: The Next Level” makes it a trilogy. The jungle gets more challenging and the game scarier. For director Jake Kasdan and co-writers Jeff Pinker and Scott Rosenberg, these alone may not have been enough to avoid franchise boredom. So they add more to their latest plot by giving new avatars to some of the characters, and adding two new ones, played by the brilliant Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, who portray estranged business partners, Eddie and Milo.

The starting point is a breakup between asthmatic Spencer (Alex Wolff) and the sweet Martha (Morgan Turner). While their friends, football player Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) and forever online Bethany (Madison Iseman) are living it up, Spencer is depressed, and in a moment of weakness, decides to play the game, plunging into Jumanji. When his friends find out, they realize he cannot get out by himself and follow him, leaving Bethany behind, and taking Eddie and Milo.

A good part of the film’s freshness comes with the twist it throws up: Some of the virtual characters from the 2017 adventure take on different avatars. Spencer wanted to become the strong and suave Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) from the previous adventure, but is transformed into pickpocket/cat-burglar Awkwafina. And Spencer’s grandfather, Eddie, gets to be Smolder, with Johnson impersonating DeVito to much hilarity.

The film can be confusing, and the storytelling is somewhat sloppy, but the acting is good and the charisma shines through. The special effects are top-notch, turning the 3D imagery into a thrilling canvas. An undulating desert and African medinas add a touch of the exotica to this virtual wonder.