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.”

7 Deadly Sins Musicians Are Committing on Facebook & Twitter

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Are you committing any of these social media sins?

I’ve been personally manning the Jaden Social Facebook and Twitter pages since starting the company in my bedroom back in November 2011. And let me say straight up, getting my hands dirty right from day 1 has been one of the most valuable and eye-opening experiences I could ask for as a business owner, musician and marketer.

In 18 months I have gone from checking in barely a couple of times a week to deal with a handful of interactions, to spending upwards of 12 hours a day monitoring and managing more than 100 interactions 7 days a week (thank you Chrome for the ability to permanently pin tabs to the browser window).

Now I would say I’m a pretty chilled out dude for the most part, but there are some things that musos do (and say) online that really make me cringe. Since I too was once a blissfully ignorant and, at times, cringe-worthy muso, I’m not going to sit here and get self-righteous about it. No, I’m going to do the next funnest (that’s a real word, I swear) thing and compile a list of 7 deadly sins I feel are damaging the online efficacy of all my musician friends’ content & promotion strategies on Facebook & Twitter.

1. Promoting without providing value 

This is without a doubt one of the biggest no-no’s that exists on EVERY Social Media platform today. It’s one thing to use your page to dutifully inform your followers that you have new music, videos, or shows coming up, but completely another to ram the self-promotion stick so far down their throats that they get rushed to the emergency room with a ruptured spleen.

To be clear, it’s perfectly fine (even advisable) to post your links several times a week to achieve maximum reach, but for every promotional post you drop on your page you MUST be posting 3-5+ pieces of valuable content to break up the noise (believe me when I say your promo posts are NOISE, contributing to the deafening roar of that ceaseless waterfall spilling down your followers’ timelines).

Just like you would when writing and producing songs, try to blend a variety of elements (content types) in your marketing mix, and above all be both sparing & tasteful with your promo and the impact will be far greater!

2. Posting at the wrong times

OK, so maybe there is no such thing as posting at the wrong time – every post will be seen by at least a few people, which could never be considered a waste. But there is certainly such a thing as posting at the RIGHT time.

Instead of spitting out posts whenever you feel the itch, make use of your Facebook page analytics and a free Twitter tool like Tweriod or FollowerWonk to work out exactly where in the world your audience is and when they’re watching their timelines. This will both increase the reach of each post and reduce the number of times you need to post a piece of content for it to reach your entire fanbase.

3. Being generic & self-indulgent

I could fill an intercity dump truck with examples of the self-promotional garbage that currently pollutes Social Media – posts that are crammed with tacky buzz words, cliches, superfluous dollar signs, and highly questionable claims of the house being “ON FIIRE!!!”

People will feel much less like you’re trying to sell them shit (and much more inclined to buy your shit) if you present yourself as genuine, unique, and legit about your music. Why not show a little personality and package things up with a joke and a wink. Who knows, people might even end up loving you!

4. Irregular posting patterns

 In a world brimming with unpredictability, it is inherently human to find comfort and security in routine; the daily routine of a 9-5 job, a weekly routine of exercise at the gym, and so forth. So many musicians (including myself) are guilty of neglecting this golden rule; often just posting when we feel creatively inspired or have something exciting to say. By failing to form regular posting habits on your Facebook & Twitter pages, you are putting up a barrier to entry for a large chunk of the population.

If you leave your audience hanging and with no idea when they might hear from you next, what hope can they have of forming any kind of lasting online relationship with you? Let’s also not forget about Facebook’s very own vigilant citizen, the Edgerank algorithm, who takes great pleasure in punishing you for failing to provide regular content to your fans.

The bottom line here is, keep your content regular and give your audience a fair chance to connect with you. And if this is too difficult to manage with your busy schedule, our good friends at Buffer have created a stunning piece of software that will bring the equivalent of world peace into your turbulent life.

5. Telling the WHAT but not the WHY

I have absolutely no qualms with you promoting your content; I mean, how else will I find it? But don’t expect me to care unless you GIVE me a reason to care. Telling me what you want me to click on is a great start, but how about telling me why I should click on it.

Will your new video clip teleport me back to the late 80′s, and my days as a cheeky schoolboy spending his lunch money at the local videogame arcade instead of going to school? Will it give me glimpses of the hardships endured by a twenty-something hustler out of Brooklyn?

Let me say it again – don’t expect me to care unless you GIVE me a reason to care. Treat every single post as an opportunity to reveal your character and interests, share your unique value proposition (what is different about you and your music), and intrigue your audience.

6. Forgetting that your timeline is a shopfront

The state of your Facebook or Twitter timeline is the first thing I have to judge you on when I drop onto your page. If your Twitter is a mess of personal conversations and in-jokes I’m bouncing. If it’s a string of ugly links and Tarzan-style chest beating promotion I’m bouncing. If your Facebook timeline is composed of nothing but pictures of your stupid cat in different coloured lace bonnets, you better believe I’m bouncing.

Make a habit of looking at your timeline a few times each week through the eyes of a brand new follower or fan who is trying to make up their mind about you. Does your timeline accurately depict your story? Does it spark curiosity and make you want to find out more?

Take your Social housekeeping seriously and make every impression one that counts.

7. Adopting the same strategy for Facebook & Twitter

The last but certainly not least of the 7 deadly sins is that of treating your Facebook and Twitter pages as equals when they are not! This is not to say one platform is better than the other, but rather each has its own strengths, weaknesses and nuances.

As an example, Instagram pictures look and behave beautifully when posted to Facebook, but appear nothing short of hideous when pushed through to Twitter. Hashtags can be used to great effect on Twitter, but don’t let me catch you dropping those soul-less, italicized naughts & crosses boards into my Facebook feed.

Rather than simply linking your Facebook & Twitter accounts together (possibly the worst crime against Social Media there is) and posting the same things at the same times, learn the differences between the platforms so you can capitalise upon their strengths. There are many, many unique characteristics of both platforms, and having a good understanding of these can dramatically improve the reach & reception of your content (feel free to hit me up on Twitter for a prod in the direction of some great resources).

Well, I feel like that’s enough typing for one day, so now I’m handing the mic over to you – feel free to get back at me with your thoughts, and more of your own deadly Facebook & Twitter sins in the comments below! icon smile 7 Deadly Sins Musicians Are Committing on Facebook & Twitter

Until next time, thanks for reading and stay creative.

Clive Burr, Ex-Iron Maiden Drummer, Died Last Night

Clive Burr of Iron Maiden


CLIVE BURR of Iron Maiden

Clive Burr, the former drummer of Iron Maiden, died lastnight at the age of 56. Burr had been suffering from multiple sclerosis, and he died in his sleep.

“This is terribly sad news,” said Maiden founder/bassist Steve Harris on the group’s official site. “Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”

Born on March 8th, 1957, in East Ham, London, Burr was a member of another up-and-coming British metal band, Samson, before joining Maiden in 1979. As one of the leaders of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (which included such groups as Def Leppard, Saxon and Diamond Head), Maiden quickly showcased a sound that, early on, merged the energy of punk with the power of metal.

It was Burr’s drumming that proved a major ingredient on such early Maiden classics as 1980’s self-titled debut, 1981’s Killers and 1982’s The Number of the Beast, and such headbanging anthems as “Running Free,” “Wrathchild” and “Run to the Hills.” However, during this early era, Maiden members would often come and go, and by December 1982, Burr had exited the group – just as they were about to become a global stadium headliner.

After leaving Maiden, Burr appeared on recordings by such metal acts as Trust, Stratus, Gogmagog, Elixir, Desperado (which included Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider) and Praying Mantis. Burr was eventually diagnosed with MS, and his former Maiden bandmates came to his aid by performing charity concerts and helping to form the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. In the last years of his life, Burr was confined to a wheelchair.

“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,” added Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on the group’s site. “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.”