Power goes out on stage during The Killers concert in Christchurch

A Stuff journalist at the concert saw fire trucks pull up outside the venue after the power went out.

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A Stuff journalist at the concert saw fire trucks pull up outside the venue after the power went out.

The Killers’ Christchurch concert came to an unexpected halt on Friday night, when the power went out as the band began their final song before the encore.

They were playing at Christchurch Arena as part of their 2022 Imploding The Mirage Tour.

As the show neared its end, after a big three or four-minute build-up, frontman Brandon Flowers sang the first line of All These Things That I’ve Done.

Then there was a bang.

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The lights and sound cut out, and there was a smell of burning.

A Stuff journalist at the concert saw two fire engines pull up outside the venue.

Electricians frantically tried to diagnose the fault as the main house lights came on.

The problem was fixed after about 10 minutes, and the band played on.

“Now, where were we?” Flowers asked the crowd as he returned, unfazed, to finish the concert on a high note.

The concert was The Killers’ final NZ show on the tour, which has seen them return to Aotearoa for the first time since 2018.

The band dazzled fans in Auckland earlier this week, playing two shows in a row at Spark Arena and Auckland Town Hall.

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A 22-year-old Wellington drummer said being pulled up on stage to play with The Killers was an “out-of-body” experience.

The Spark Arena concert had its own unusual moment too, when the band pulled Wellington drummer Taylor Johnston from the crowd to play alongside them.

“It wasn’t staged,” the 22-year-old told Stuff on Tuesday morning.

Instead, Johnston got in early and put a homemade sign in the face of Flowers every chance he got.

“I got in the queue about 1pm just to make sure I got up to the front.” Every time Flowers walked past, he waved his sign, which read: “I’m Taylor from Wellington. Can I drum For Reasons Unknown?”

Wellington drummer Taylor Johnston was invited to play Reasons Unknown with US rock band The Killers on Monday night.

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Wellington drummer Taylor Johnston was invited to play Reasons Unknown with US rock band The Killers on Monday night.

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