WATCH: The Killers Pull Kiwi Drummer Up On Stage

Publish Date
Tuesday, 22 November 2022, 12:45PM

Wellington musician Taylor Johnston, 22, will never forget the night he got to go on stage and perform with the Killers.

Last night at the band’s Spark Arena show, the audience watched on as Brandon Flowers invited him up on stage after seeing his homemade sign asking if he could play the drums on For Reasons Unknown.

Speaking to the Herald today, Johnston, who plays the drums for Wellington punk-rock band Holloway, reveals he queued outside Spark for hours to get close to the stage.

“When Brandon came over to our side [of the stage] - I’ve got big long arms so I kind of just held up the sign, didn’t really give him a choice,” he says.

“Once I was up there I was in a different state of mind, it was like I’ve got a job to do. I felt really, really good in that ten seconds when they were talking about whether they were gonna get me up or not.”

He remembers saying to Flowers and Vannucci Jr on stage, “thank you, thank you for letting me up, thank you for being such a lifeline to so many people with your music”.

“And they were just saying, ‘yeah you did good, kid’.”

This article was first published on by Bethany Reitsma

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