The Killers Biography
With their rousing blend of anthemic indie, Britpop and Americana, The Killers have joined the likes of U2 and Coldplay as one of the world’s elite stadium rock bands. Named after the fictional group seen in the video for New Order’s “Crystal,” the Las Vegas outfit was formed by frontman Brandon Flowers and guitarist Dave Keuning in 2001. Flowers and Keuning performed with an ever-revolving lineup across their hometown’s live circuit, before recruiting bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vanucci Jr a year later. Signed by talent scout Braden Merrick, the band landed a deal with UK indie label Lizard King and after supporting Morrissey, British Sea Power and Stellastarr, The Killers tickets for their first British tour were snapped up by audiences impressed with their Anglicised mid-90’s sound. The 2004 debut album, Hot Fuss, topped the charts in their adopted homeland with the massive hit singles, “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me” and “All These Things That I’ve Done”, eventually selling seven million copies worldwide after American listeners succumbed to its charms. Following an appearance at the London leg of Live 8, they embraced the blue-collar rock of Bruce Springsteen for their 2006 second studio effort, Sam’s Town, and went onto release the first of their annual Christmas songs, “A Great Big Sled.” In 2007, The Killers won two BRIT Awards (Best International Group & Album), headlined Glastonbury and released B-sides/rarities collection, Sawdust, in addition to selling all 20,000 The Killers tickets for their show at Madison Square Garden. Having teamed up with Madonna producer Stuart Price, the 2008 hit single “Human” and parent album, Day & Age, saw them flirt with the synth-pop sounds that Flowers had grown up with in the 80’s. After well-received sets at Lollapalooza and Coachella, the group announced a hiatus, allowing Flowers to embark on a successful solo career with the album Flamingo, and both Vanucci and Stoermer to pursue various side-projects. In 2012, they returned with Battle Born, a back-to-basics record which gave them a fourth consecutive UK number one and Billboard Top 10 hit, while The Killers tickets went on sale for their fourth world tour, which will take in Europe, North America and Australia over a four month period across 2012/2013.