The Killers to play Glasgow Summer Sessions

The Killers

The Killers

 
The band will play Bellahouston Park on August 19, with support from The Courteeners and Miles Kane. Tickets for the event go sale at 9am on April 25. The band are the first to be announced for the series of concerts set to take place in the city this summer. Last year saw shows from the likes of Eminem, Tinie Tempah, Avicci and Kings Of Leon.

 
Speaking about the show, Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events has commented: “The Killers’ performance at T in the Park last year was incredible. We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Scotland as part of Glasgow Summer Sessions, especially with such brilliant special guests in Courteeners and Miles Kane. We have some more big acts and dates to announce over the next few months so once again Glasgow Summer Sessions will be one of the hottest tickets of the summer”.

Meanwhile, The Killers will also headline Tennent’s Vital 2014 on August 21 at Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast as well as V Festival over the weekend of August 16-17 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Brandon Flowers Writes Track-By-Track To The Killers’ Greatest Hits Album

The Killers

The Killers

Exciting news for fans of The Killers! The Nevada rockers will release their first Greatest Hits compilation – titled ‘Direct Hits’ – on November 11. The 18-song compilation features two brand new songs – ‘Just Another Girl’, which sees the band reunite with longtime collaborator Stuart Price, and ‘Shot At The Night’, produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Legendary Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has penned us an exclusive, revealing track-by-track for the record delving into memories of the past:

Mr Brightside
“I remember being in the studio, recording the demo but still writing the lyrics. I was procrastinating, and that’s why the second verse is the same as the first one, but it just stuck. What strikes me about it is how powerful that song still is, and the second verse is still as powerful as the first one, every night. There’s just something about it. It’s a moment.”Somebody Told Me

“This song really brought out the band’s strengths at that time. I was 20, 21, and just trying to write about what I was doing and seeing in these indie nightclubs in Vegas. I was listening to Pulp and David Bowie, trying to channel all of that stuff. It’s one of Mark’s greatest moments on the bass, too. It’s a really great collaboration.”
Smile Like You Mean It

“It’s more melancholy, but it really translated to a lot of people. It was very personal to me, and that’s one of the things that’s amazing about music – we all bring our own meaning to songs. It was quite a sophisticated song for where we were at that time, I think.”

All These Things That I’ve Done

“When that one was cooking I was really into U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’. I thought that was an amazing comeback for them, and I was blown away by how many great songs were on that record. There’s an earnestness, spirit soul to U2, and I was trying to channel that. I wanted a song that stood up to those songs. We also took the bassline from a David Bowie song called ‘Slow Burn’, from ‘Heathen’, although enough time has probably passed now that I think he probably won’t sue us!”

When You Were Young
“We’ve been guilty of having a lot of chords in our songs, and there’s not anything necessarily wrong with that, but there’s something great about simplicity. ‘When You Were Young’ is just one progression which repeats, with a couple of small variations, but it was instantly powerful and once I heard it, I came up with the melody and the title within 20 minutes. It was one of those exciting moments that you read about, and I’ve been lucky enough to be part of it a few times. This was definitely one of them. Live, it took a huge load off my shoulders too – there was a lot of pressure on us when ‘Hot Fuss’ did so well, and that song was just a total relief! I knew that song had something about it, and I’m thankful for it every night. It kept the fire in us, it kept the ball rolling.

Read My Mind
I love ‘Read My Mind’. Every producer is different, but they’re all leaders. That’s why we enlisted Flood and Alan Moulder for ‘Sam’s Town’ – they were two guys who had a huge amount of experience and had worked on a lot of records that we loved, and this was where their experience and leadership came into play the most. We had a different song called ‘Little Angela’, but it just wasn’t ‘Read My Mind’. My melody was a little too much like ‘Mrs. Robinson’, the lyrics weren’t great, and Alan had the balls and the courage to tell me – he said ‘Let’s keep this template, and write a different song over it.’ So the song was born out of us jamming that old song, and it grew from there. When we play it live, you can tell it means a lot to people, and that’s definitely one of the songs that attracts people to the band.”

For Reasons Unknown
“We wrote it on the road, while we were touring with Louis XIV. It was written really quickly, and it’s got a real urgency about it because of that. We recorded it live, and I’m playing bass on it – that’s the only song on any Killers record where I play bass.”

The Killers’ Brandon Flowers criticises ‘retarded’ US pop + The Killers reveal new song ‘Just Another Girl’ – listen

Frontman Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Frontman Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Brandon Flowers of The Killers has hit out at the state of pop music in America, saying the majority of what he hears is “retarded”.In a new interview with The Sun, The Killers discussed the fact they made a name for themselves in the UK before they were a success in their native US. Drummer Ronnie Vanucci said he was was not surprised at being successful away from America because he feels great music is ignored in the country.“Breaking in the UK first was great because America is retarded musically,” says Vanucci. “It’s upside down. There’s so much great music that doesn’t get the attention. There’s a lot of bullshit on US radio.”

Picking up where his bandmate led, Brandon Flowers added: ”I start to wonder, what do adults listen to? Do they listen to what’s being played on the radio? You should listen to something that’s for you – not about giving your virginity to your boyfriend on Saturday night. It is retarded. Every song is that song. And if 40-year-olds are listening to that rubbish, they’re going to raise kids on it. It’s not even music.”

The Killers will headline a one-off London date later this month to coincide with the release of their best-of album ‘Direct Hits’.The band will perform live at the at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith (formerly the Hammersmith Apollo) on Wednesday, November 6.

‘Direct Hits’ is a 15-song compilation which will feature two brand new songs – ‘Just Another Girl’, which sees the band reunite with longtime collaborator Stuart Price, and ‘Shot At The Night’, which will be released as a single on November 4, and is produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Deluxe versions of the album will include a demo version of ‘Mr Brightside’ and a Calvin Harris remix of ‘When You Were Young’.

The Killers have revealed the second of two new songs that appears on their forthcoming best-of album ‘Direct Hits’.

‘Just Another Girl’, which can be heard above, features on the album alongside the band’s hit singles ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘When You Were Young’. The track sees the Las Vegas band reunite with producer Stuart Price and will be available when the album is released on November 11.’Direct Hits’ is a 15-song compilation which will feature two brand new songs – ‘Just Another Girl’ and ‘Shot At The Night’, which is produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Deluxe versions of the album will include a demo version of ‘Mr Brightside’ and a Calvin Harris remix of ‘When You Were Young’.Speaking to NME, frontman Brandon Flowers said that releasing a best-of was another significant milestone for the band, who played Wembley Stadium earlier this year.

He said: “This record feels like a great way to clean everything up and move onto the next thing.” He also revealed that ‘Direct Hits’ has been under discussion since the start of the year, although the prospect of writing new songs for the record “sort of threw me for a curveball. I’m always writing, it’s like second nature to me now, but I’m always analysing what I’ve got, and doubts can start creeping into your head. But I’m really happy with the songs we’ve got to add to the list.”

The tracklisting for ‘Direct Hits’ is:

‘Mr Brightside’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Read My Mind’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘Human’
‘Spaceman’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Runaways’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Shot At The Night’
‘Just Another Girl’

Deluxe Version tracks:

‘Mr Brightside’ (Original Demo)
‘When You Were Young’ (Calvin Harris remix)
‘Be Still’

The Killers show off their private jet , talk about their upcoming show at Wembley & more

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The band are currently in the middle of a run of European and UK shows

The Killers have given fans a peek at their rock’n’roll lifestyle by showing off pictures of their private jet.

The band’s bass player Mark Stoermer posted the above photograph of their private jet on Instagram earlier today (June 25), alongside the caption, “Off we go”. The band now play a number of European dates, before heading back to the UK to head up T In The Park festival next month.

On Saturday (June 22) The Killers rushed from their triumphant Wembley Stadium gig to play a tiny club show at The Garage in Islington, north London. The show, announced at 8pm [BST] via Twitter, saw the band play 40 minutes of rarities and hits to a crowd of 800, having raced across town from playing to 70,000, where they played a brand new track, ‘Wembley Song’, written especially for the show.

The aforementioned ‘Wembley Song’ traced The Killers’ career “from Dave’s apartment to Wembley”, comically noting that early singles left us confused to find that the band were from Vegas “when you were sure it must be Sheffield or Camden”. The song also listed bands that had played at Wembley previously, including Green Day, with Brandon admitting, “I said some shit, but that was the old me.” You can watch fan-shot footage of the band playing the song below.

The Killers have worked with Anthony Gonzalez of M83 on a new song, the band said in an interview.

Speaking ahead of their huge headline date at Wembley Stadium, drummer Ronnie Vannucci revealed that The Killers are working on new music and have recorded a new song with Anthony Gonzalez of M83.

“Not just demos,” he confirms. “Real recordings. I mean, you never know what it’s gonna be, I guess. But we have our engineer, and we’re working with a couple of surprise guests, in the producer capacity. Some of it is sounding really cool. We can be guilty of making things so ornate, and sometimes that’s a bad thing. So I always have conversations with Brandon about working from a smaller palate, simplifying things. If these new tracks develop a theme, a common thread, then that could be the start of something.”

Vannucci admits that the Wembley gig is the pinnacle in the Las Vegas band’s career. “Without wanting to sound like a total cheese-dick,” the drummer says, “this gig is the culmination of a lot of hopes and dreams and aspirations. Back in the early days, when we were in my garage playing ‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’, I remember thinking — I may even have said it out loud — ‘We’ll play this shit at Wembley Stadium one day’. Now, it’s like we get to join that echelon.”

The Killers headline Wembley Stadium this Saturday, June 22. Last weekend the band headlined the Isle of Wight festival, appearing on the same bill as Bon Jovi, The Stones Roses, Bloc Party and The Maccabees. Slipping a cover of The Beatles ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ into their career spanning set, The Killers also performed a number of fan favourites including ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Human’.

Also, Brandon Flowers has revealed that he is planning to release a second solo album once The Killers have finished touring their latest album ‘Battle Born’.

The frontman of the Las Vegas band released his first solo album, ‘Flamingo’, in 2010.  He is already planning a follow-up. Talking about his plans for the future, Flowers revealed: “I’m definitely gonna do another solo record at some point. ‘Flamingo’ wasn’t just me dipping my toes in the water. I really loved it. It was successful, and that helps, but I love those songs and I miss singing them. It wasn’t something I had totally planned on, but I’m always writing songs, and I think — or I hope — that I’m always gonna have that. So what else am I supposed to do with myself?”

Guitarist Mark Stoemer reveals that he is “nervous” ahead of the band’s huge Wembley Stadium gig this Saturday (June 22). “I don’t get nervous for any show,” says the tousle-haired guitarist, “but if I think about this one too much, I might. We’ve seen other bands play there, and we’ve talked about it in terms of when we might be able to do it ourselves. But I don’t think I realised just how big it was. Not too many bands have done it. It’s pretty amazing when you think about where we started, all the different venues we’ve played in London. But this is the peak. This is Mount Everest.”

The Killers rush from Wembley sold out gig to play tiny London club show – Listen to new song!

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The Killers @ Wembley 2013 .

The Killers rushed from their triumphant Wembley Stadium debut gig to play a tiny club show at The Garage club in Islington, London last night (June 22).

The Garage show, announced at 8pm via Twitter, saw the band play 40 minutes of rarities and hits to a packed crowd of 800, having raced across town from playing to 70,000 fans at Wembley, where they played a brand new track, ‘Wembley Song’, written specially for the show.

The Wembley gig began with ‘Enterlude’, with frontman Brandon Flowers solo at the piano, then – as at the Isle Of Wight festival last weekend where they opened with ‘Mr Brightside’ – the band launched into one of their major hits, this time ‘When You Were Young’. It kicked off a celebratory set full of fireworks and glitter cannons that included covers of Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, made famous by Girls Aloud and Tiffany but originally by Ritchie Cordell – “tonight we’re stealing it back,” Brandon said.

The aforementioned ‘Wembley Song’ traced The Killers’ career “from Dave’s apartment to Wembley”, comically noting that early singles left us confused to find that the band were from Vegas “when you were sure it must be Sheffield or Camden”. The song also listed bands that had played at Wembley previously, including Green Day, with Brandon admitting, “I said some shit, but that was the old me”. You can watch fan-shot footage of the band playing the song below.

The Killers played:

‘Enterlude’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Spaceman’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘This River Is Wild’
‘Bling (Confessions of a King)’
‘Shadowplay ‘
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘Human’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
‘Here With Me’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘From Here On Out’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Wembley Song’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Runaways’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Flesh And Bone’
‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’
‘Battle Born’
‘Mr Brightside’

The Killers then rushed to The Garage club in Islington where they took the stage at 1.40am to play a 40-minute set which included a smattering of rarely-played songs before rolling out the hits.

The Killers played:

‘Change Your Mind’
‘Under The Gun’
‘Tranquilize’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Losing Touch’
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
‘Runaways’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll’
‘Mr Brightside’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’

Watch Arena-Rock Masters The Killers Live at Lollapalooza, Brazil 2013 – Full Concert

From Hot Fuss on, The Killers have explored sounds in massively unique waves more than most bands dare to. The dance-y electropop of their debut somehow bled into the Americana vibe of Sam’s Town before traversing the Bowie space fantasy of Day & Age. In their 2012, appropriately titled Battle Born, they finally reached a destination where all of these elements could coexist.

The band has mastered the mechanics of arena rock: the rising, yearning verse followed by the triumphal chorus, the surging crescendo, the “whoo-hoo-hoo” singalong (which they even added to their bid for post-punk credibility, a cover version of the stark, driven Joy Division song “Shadowplay”).

While the Killers have never matched the sales of “Hot Fuss” (three million copies) — in part because of a shrinking recording business — they haven’t done badly at all with their revamp.  As a long-term strategy, it aimed the band beyond the ups and downs of adolescent romance to more general and more lasting hopes and dreams.

The Killers soon traded synth-pop pulses for ringing guitars, Anglophilia for heartland rock, insecurities for vows of tenacity and idiosyncratic lyrics for arena-rock platitudes. They left behind Depeche Mode and headed straight for Bon Jovi.

At their show in NYC’s Madison Square Garden on May 14,  Brandon Flowers  was an ingratiating, enthusiastic frontman, striding all over the stage and stepping up onto monitors to work the crowd; after apologizing for the postponed concert, he sang the show tune “New York, New York.”  The Madison Square Garden concert had been postponed from December, when the Killers’ singer and frontman, Brandon Flowers, had a bout of laryngitis. Tuesday’s show had fans regularly shouting along.  The band had another show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night. 

Modern Drummers: Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers

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Ronald “Ronnie” Vannucci, Jr. (born February 15, 1976) is the drummer of the American rock band The Killers. He is also involved in a side project called Big Talk.

Vannucci was born to an American couple with Italian, French and German ancestry. He began drumming at an early age and continued to perform from age 6 on. He was a part of his junior high school’s jazz ensemble and later attended both Clark and Western High Schools. He would finalize his B. A. with a focus on percussion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on May 14, 2011 while The Killers were on hiatus.

He played in various popular local bands in Las Vegas including Attaboy Skip (which also included Branden Campbell) and Expert on October (which also included Taylor Milne and Ted Sablay). Vannucci was working as a photographer at Chapel of the Flowers, a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip when he joined Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers who had recently begun performing as The Killers. He had met the pair while playing drums for Romance Fantasy. They would practice at Vannucci’s garage, and then in the UNLV band room after hours in 2002 and 2003.

Vannucci has previously and does currently help write The Killers hit songs (including “When You Were Young”, “Believe Me Natalie”, “Spaceman”, “Bones”, “Miss Atomic Bomb”, “A Dustland Fairytale”, “Human”, “Somebody Told Me”, “On Top”, etc.).

He was featured on the cover of Drummer Magazine in June 2009 and on the cover of Rhythm Magazine in October 2006 (where he was dubbed “pop’s dymanic showman”) and again in November 2008. He has also been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine in March 2009, and in Drumhead Magazine in September and again in October 2008. He will be featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine in February 2013.

Vannucci won in the 2006 and 2007 Modern Drummers Reader Polls.

He was listed at #49 on the NME Cool List of 2011.

Big Talk
It was announced on February 1, 2011 that Ronnie Vannucci Jr. had recorded a solo album during The Killers’ hiatus. Fans were also notified via The Killers’ fansite, The Victims, on February 2, 2011. Rumors formed stating that Vannucci was creating a solo album while The Killers went on hiatus well before that. The album is titled Big Talk aiming with tongue and cheek at the abundance of music being put out by labels before it’s being fully prepared. NME named the album #24 on its Best Albums of 2011 list. The album was mixed by Alan Moulder and recorded in London with Joe Chicarelli as producer. Matt Sharp and long time friend Taylor Milne were enlisted to help record the album. The debut solo album by The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci – and the name of his band as well as the record – Big Talk was preceded by a single, Getaways, on May 10.

Vannucci currently uses Craviotto Drum Company drums, DW 9000 Series pedals and hardware with Zildjian cymbals and Remo drum heads,

He mainly plays with his kit set up using a jazz technique with a high stool and hitched-up snare stand. He attributes this to his 6’1″ frame, a former teacher who whipped him, and the examples of great drummers including Mitch Mitchell and many jazz performers.

He is known for crashing his hi-hats, skillful sixteenth notes, and a fluid playing style. Drummer Magazine labels them a “few distinctive hallmarks [that] help characterize Ronnie’s style”.

Vannucci and his band mate, bassist Mark Stoermer, have what they consider a rewarding relationship musically. Of Stoermer, Vannucci has said, “He almost intuitively knows what I am going to play and his parts are so rhythmic its a joy to dance around him I really enjoy thinking up parts with him. . . it works very well for us.”

He cites influences such as jazz legend Papa Jo Jones, Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Keith Moon of The Who, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. He also lists as influences The Cure, U2, Depeche Mode and more modern drummers including Charley Drayton, Steve Jordan, and Ahmir Thompson.

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