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The Killers frontman will be appearing on the first New Order album in a decade, alongside Iggy Pop and La Roux's Elly Jackson.
As well as announcing a short UK tour this autumn, the returning indie veterans New Order have revealed that their upcoming album will feature a number of guest stars from musical past and present.
Music Complete, their ninth studio album, will be coming out on September 25th, the band confirmed last month. On Tuesday (July 7th), however, they teased some more details about the album’s sound, and that it will contain appearances from Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop and La Roux.
Iggy Pop is one of the guest stars who'll appear on the upcoming New Order album 'Music Complete'
Continue reading: New Order Album To Feature Guest Stars Including Brandon Flowers
The maxim about solo records here at Contact Towers never lets us down: the reverse of Jim Steinman's compromise epic, we always find that two out of three are bad, an equation you can hang your hat on at our expense with any bookie you like, with of course an honourable nod of exception to the likes of Damon Albarn and Thom Yorke.
Brandon Flowers couldn't be any more solo at the moment it seems. Three years since The Killers were in meaningful action (a couple of upcoming US festival dates don't feel like hard currency), the guy who it was once written has nearly all of their creativity resting on his skinny shoulders is footloose and fancy free to follow up 2010's 'Flamingo', released during the group's original hiatus. A band who've gradually slipped into rock 'n' roll cliché fulfilment - from not speaking to each other to conversely making unspeakable albums like the 'Day & Age' - being the man who writes the songs that make their whole world sing doesn't seem to faze Flowers; on the contrary 'The Desired Effect' is written in bolder, more flamboyant strokes than its predecessor.
He remains, though, something of an enigma; the first Killers album borrowed so heavily from the British indie rock of his youth it felt like an homage, but here whilst a similar vintage is being uncorked era-wise, the principle is more home grown. This time our hero is channelling the bandana-clad, post-blue collar spritz of mid-eighties Springsteen, retranslating its hinky, oil rag etiquette for the social media age. This doesn't mean he spends 'The Desired Effect' awkwardly talking about killing the yellow man, but otherwise he's at pains to underline that his 21st century Babylon is no place for quitters, especially in the words of 'Between Me And You', a song staged in a place where true love is little more than a blood sacrifice to the demands of the American way.
Continue reading: Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect Album Review
This week, The Killers frontman dominated the chart all on his own.
After taking over London in a series of gigs this week, Brandon Flowers has also conquered the UK Charts. His second solo album, The Desired Effect, now sits pretty at the top of the album chart. It was a close race between Flowers and fellow indie frontman Paul Weller, but eventually Flowers’ album finished 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of the rock veteran.
Flowers and his shiny jacket took over the UK charts this week.
Flowers played one date in Dublin and two at London’s O2 Academy in the past week. In the next few days, the tour will hit Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham.
Continue reading: This Week's Album Charts: Brandon Flowers, Paul Weller, Sam Smith
But there’s no stopping OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ in the single’s chart.
The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has scored his second UK number one solo album after The Desired Effect went straight to the top of the charts this weekend. Flowers’ previous solo offering, Flamingo, took the top spot in 2010, while The Killers’ have scored four number one albums in their career so far.
Flowers has topped the UK album chart for the second time.
Flowers outsold his closet rival Paul Weller by just 5,000 sales with the Jam frontman’s Saturn’s Pattern entering in the number two spot. In the number three position was last weeks chart topper Mumford & Sons with Wilder Mind, which slipped two places, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 enjoyed its 30th week in the top 100 at the number four spot.
Continue reading: Brandon Flowers Tops UK Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'
The frontman releases his second solo album 'The Desired Effect' on May 18th.
Brandon Flowers might be about to release his second solo album, The Desired Effect, but the singer’s main focus is still his band The Killers, a group who he feels are still under appreciated in the music world. Speaking to The Independent Flowers said The Killers, “might be the best band in the last long time” and he’s ready to put them to the test against any other act of the past 15 years.
Flowers is about to release his second solo album.
“Whether the people want to accept it or not, we might be the best band in the last long time!” Flowers claimed. "I'd go up any night against just about any band that's come out in the last 15 years. Not that it's a competition, but I do feel sometimes people don't have a grasp on what we've accomplished and what we've acquired.”
The Killers' lead singer, who is about to release his second solo album, hinted that the group may have to rediscover its desire before they make any more albums, but insisted "it's coming".
He might be about to release a solo album, but The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers looked at what the future might hold for his main band in a new interview, admitting they might “need a little kick in the pants” to get their act together.
Flowers was speaking to Rolling Stone magazine ahead of the release of The Desired Effect, the second album he’s made away from The Killers. However, he reassured fans of the group that rumours of them being on “hiatus” are exaggerated.
The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers is releasing his 2nd solo album in May
Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, will release 'The Desired Effect' in May, preceded by a single 'Can't Deny My Love' in March.
The Desired Effect will be preceded by a single entitled ‘Can’t Deny My Love’, officially released on March 23rd. Flowers will also be building up to the release date with a series of small club shows and a handful of select festival appearances. The first of these will be at New York’s Webster Hall the day after the single’s release.
Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers will release a new solo album in May
Continue reading: Brandon Flowers Announces Details Of Second Solo Album
A top 10 voted for by online listeners revealed, plus some of our favourites
We’ve all heard our fair share of daft lyrics in pop songs, but now there’s been an attempt to subjectively decide which song contains the weirdest lyric.
Brandon Flowers is the writer of the weirdest lyric ever ('Human')
Continue reading: The Killers And Other Really Weird Lyrics
In a particularly disappointing anti-climax to a show that thousands of people had been looking forward to, The Killers were forced to leave the stage, apparently due to front man Brandon Flowers' illhealth, reports the BBC.
At last night's show at the MEN Arena in Manchester, UK, Brandon Flowers stopped the gig saying "I'm sorry, we've never done this before, but we've got to stop," reports Gigwise. "I don't know what to tell you guys. It's frustrating for me. I'm sorry." One disgruntled fan told the BBC quite the opposite, "We queued for hours. I'm an avid fan. I've been to 18 or so concerts. But he's done this before" she said. "It happened a few years ago in Brixton and he had to cancel Dublin. You could tell he was going. You could tell he was skipping bars out of songs and if you're a fan you just know it." In a statement from the Arena, they said that Flowers complained of a sore throat and simply could not go on.
The band apologised to their fans via Twitter and Facebook, with a message that read "Manchester, we started something we couldn't finish and we're so, so sorry. Working on rescheduling tonight and tomorrow's shows. Will let you know new dates ASAP. K." Those with tickets have been advised to keep hold of them and get in touch from the original vendor for details of future and rescheduled shows.
The Killers paid tribute to legendary crooner Andy Williams during a concert on Wednesday night (September 26th) by performing a rendition of his classic song Moon River. The band took to the stage at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles just a day after the veteran entertainer had sadly passed away at the age of 84 following a year-long battle with bladder cancer and, in a nod to the late star, frontman Brandon Flowers serenaded the crowd with the band's own take on the Oscar-winning song.
This isn't the first time that the Mr. Brightside hit makers had performed the seminal Williams track; indeed they first played it last year at London's Hard Rock Calling festival, but it took on a special reverence last night in the wake of the passing of one of the most recognisable voices in music. Williams had been allowed home to Branson, where he'd lived for many years, by doctors in July, so that he could be allowed to spend his final days in familiar surroundings.
The star was at his commercial peak in the 50s and 60s when, in addition to his singing career, he also enjoyed a slot on American TV between 1959 and 1971 where he hosted a weekly variety show.
Date of birth
21st June, 1981
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Nice to see The Desired Effect on Best of 2015 lists by @idolator and @SPINmagazine! You can still buy it I think.... #Muchapreesheeyated
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Where the earth meets the sky. #MonumentValley http://t.co/WwMX4ZP7lZ
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To the Southeastern stronghold, I am sorry I canceled on such short notice. Family needed me in LV. Everything is copacetic. -B
I did a thing. http://t.co/md5PAgRqTZ
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Au revoir Paris. Y'all were incredible! http://t.co/4n5zNd72MB
Tune in at 9pm et/pt on @DIRECTV channel 239 to watch Brandon Flowers's 7 song performance at @guitarcenter Sessions.
"I never said The Killers were the "best" band of the last 15 years, that'd be crazy arrogant. Top 3 though, I'll stand by that."