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Photos: The Wanted channels The Killers at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan

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The Wanted performs at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.

The Wanted at Boulevard Pool

The Wanted at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The Wanted, Ronda Rousey and Priyanka Chopra at Tao

Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Max George of The Wanted (the three of them are in the center rear) and friends at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Launch slideshow »

It was the most memorable moment of The Wanted’s concert at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday night: British band mates Max George, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes about halfway thought their 70-minute set launched into a medley of songs by hometown heroes The Killers.

In an energetic, fun and well-sung five-song salute that would have made Brandon Flowers proud, The Wanted performed “Human,” “When You Were Young,” “All These Things That I’ve Done” (many think it’s titled “Soldier”), “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside.” The preteen fans seemed lost, but those ages 21 and older (and their mothers) were pleased, dancing and singing along.

The meet-and-greet with the band backstage before the concert was a close second for most memorable moment of the evening — likely first, though, for fan(atic)s. The Wanted greeted and hugged the mostly female fans and posed for photographs with the Strip as a background. All five young men were polite, friendly, smiley and lacking of attitude.

Friday night’s setlist was “Invincible,” “Lose My Mind,” “Lightning,” “Say It on the Radio,” “Heart Vacancy," The Killers five-song medley, “War Zone,” their hit “Chasing the Sun,” “Gold Forever,” “ I Found You,” “All Time Low,” “She Walks Like Rihanna” and, their biggest hit to date, the show-closing “Glad You Came.”

While in town, McGuiness, Parker and George partied Saturday night at Tao in the Venetian for the birthday of George’s brother, who had arrived from Manchester, England. George told me in a Q+A that he enjoys the casinos and clubs and partying in Las Vegas.

A few other notes from the concert: Most of The Wanted donned skinny jeans. It was divulged that Kaneswaran checked out the Star Trek Convention at the Rio before the concert. They’ll be back in September for the 2013 iHeart Radio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena. And the refreshingly down-to-Earth blokes clowned for audience members’ digital cameras and cell phones.

It was not a capacity crowd Friday night, but no matter. The Wanted and their fans had a great time in the Friday night lights of the Strip. DJ Atom E served as the opening act. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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