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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A killer opportunity had a Plantation teenager rocking out with his favorite band.

The band played its first concert in two years at the Riptide Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday.

Jason Verebay doesn’t just love The Killers, he idolizes them! And when he got a chance to see them, something magical happened.

Verebay, 17, was in the crowd holding a sign asking The Killers for a chance to perform with them.

“Are you from around here?” asked Killers band leader Brandon Flowers.

“Yes. Yes!” replied Verebay.

When it comes to alternative rock, there’s no one like The Killers.

But it was 17-year-old Verebay who held up a sign asking to play drums with the band who really stole the show.

“You, come up. I like your face,” said Flowers.

Flowers invited him on stage and handed him a pair of drum sticks. Soon after, he quickly stole the show.

“I was freaking out in my mind. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Verebay. “As I went over the barrier, my legs were shaking, and my heart was beating so fast.”

When Verebay was finally front and center, they hugged it out.

In front of 35,000 people, the Plantation High school student played “For Reasons Unknown” off The Killer  s second studio album.

The super fan said he’s been playing the drums since he was 5 years old, and it was his first time seeing the band play live.

“It almost felt like life stopped for eight minutes,” said Verebay. “It was actually insane.”

Jason wasn’t planted in the audience. Although, when he heard The Killers were coming to town, he did practice drumming their songs.

He still can’t believe his luck.

“You know how there’s a runner’s high? I call it a drummer’s high,” said Verebay.

After his moment in the spotlight, the crowd chanted his name and cheered his killer performance.

The band recently announced its releasing a new album that is due out in the spring.

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