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’