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  • 14 November 2012, 12:01

The Killers' Gigs Cancelled Due To Sore Throat

The Killers have been forced to cancel one of their UK concerts after just four songs because their lead singer was suffering from a sore throat.

Thousands of fans at the sold-out Manchester Arena were left disappointed when Brandon Flowers was unable to continue the show after losing his voice.

The US rock band had been due to play a second gig at the Arena on Wednesday, but that has now been cancelled as well.

The Killers apologised for the abrupt cancellation and said they hoped to reschedule both gigs.

They tweeted: "Both Manchester shows (scheduled for the 13th & 14th) have been cancelled. We will have info about the rescheduled dates very soon."

They added on Facebook: "Manchester, we started something we couldn't finish and we're so, so sorry. Working on rescheduling tonight and tomorrow's shows. Will let you know new dates ASAP."

Katherine Vine, a reporter for the Manchester Evening News, was at Tuesday night's gig. She said: "They played Mr Brightside and it sounded fine. I thought it was going to be great.

"But after the third song, Smile Like You Mean It, Brandon said that his voice had gone and that he had a Chinese remedy drink so he would take that.

"They started the fourth song, but he didn't sing a lot of it and was motioning to the rest of the band that he could not carry on.

"They left the stage and then a bloke came out and said that the gig was cancelled."

However, she said the crowd reacted well to the bad news.

"There were a few boos, but most people just applauded and made their way home," she added.

Manchester Arena said ticketholders should retain their tickets and contact their point of purchase for further information.

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