Over a plaintive piano, Flowers sings woefully, “Woke up in the rusted frame of a burned-out old DeVille/ legs are shot and they‘re flushed with pain, but you can‘t keep them still.” For those first few seconds, you're sure he's harkening back to the Springsteen-imbued Darkness On The Edge Of Town ruminations that informed much of The Killers' 2006 Sam's Town.
But then a choir cry of “Hoshanna!” (Flowers and producer O'Brien on vocals) rises up - no matter where you turn in Flowers’ vision of this desert paradise, there are angels everywhere - and a rush of power-chord guitar ushers in the chorus: “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas/ give us your dreamers, your heartaches and your sins/ Las Vegas/ didn’t nobody tell tell you the house will always win?”
Kaleidoscopic keyboards fill the air, along with synth strings and Victor Indrizzo's walloping drums, as Flowers sings about the evils of "cocaine and lady luck” - apparently, the angels have flown away. This is followed by a stinging guitar solo (O'Brien) that yields to a church-like crescendo that will have you thinking you're Nicholas Cage with one last chance at a life. As the flipside to Elvis' Viva Las Vegas, it's potent stuff.