The Killers

Biography

The Killers (formed 2002)

The Killers are an American indie-rock band. Hailing from Las Vegas, they rose to fame with the release of their debut album, Hot Fuss in 2004. The line-up of the band is Brandon Flowers on lead vocals and keyboards, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. on drums, Mark Stoermer on bass and vocals and Dave Keuning on guitar and vocals.

The Killers: The Early Years

Brandon Flowers and Keuning met after Flowers responded to an advert that Keuning had placed in The Sun newspaper, looking for new band members. They later recruited Stoermer and Vannucci Jr.

The Killers' first few gigs were in clubs in Las Vegas and they soon caught the eye of a British representative for Warner Brothers. He took their demo back to England and they later signed to British independent label, Lizard King.

The Killers: The Breakthrough

In 2004, Lizard King released The Killers' debut album Hot Fuss. Since its release, the album has been certified four times platinum. The album spawned the hit singles 'Mr Brightside' and 'All These Things That I've Done'. Their biggest chart success at that time, however, came with the re-release of 'Somebody Told Me.'

In 2004, the band appeared in an episode of The O.C. The next year, when they played at the Live 8 concert in London, Robbie Williams unexpectedly included their lyric "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" into his one of his own songs, as did U2 and Coldplay.

The Killers' second studio album, Sam's Town, was released in 2006 by Island Def Jam Music Group. Four singles were released from the album, 'When You Were Young', 'Bones', 'Read My Mind' and 'For Reasons Unknown'.

In November 2006, they also recorded a live session, released as part of Live From Abbey Road.

In November 2007, the Killers released a B-side and rarities album entitled Sawdust. The album featured 'Tranquilize', a collaboration with Lou Reed. They also released covers of 'Shadowplay' by Joy Division and 'Rome and Juliet' by Dire Straits. The next month, the band released a Christmas single entitled 'A Great Big Sled'.

The Killers' third studio album proper was confirmed for release in November 2008 and the title was given as Day & Age. The first single from the album, 'Human' was released in September 2008. It has been reported that their 2008 Christmas single will be a duet with Elton John.

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19th August 2014 -

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The Killers And Other Really Weird Lyrics

1st August 2014 -

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16th May 2014 -

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11th April 2014 -

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4th March 2014 -

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30th December 2013 -

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It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late...

The Killers - Shot At The Night Single Review

15th November 2013 -

 Review

It's no secret that The Killers have changed their sound dramatically since the seminal days of 'Mr. Brightside' a decade ago, and now you have the chance to hear that transformation (in an appropriately chronological...

The Killers - When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix (Audio))

28th October 2013 -

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The Killers unveil a Calvin Harris remix of their 2006 single 'When You Were Young' which first appeared on their number one second album 'Sam's Town'. The remix is set to appear on their upcoming...

Life Is Beautiful Festival Debuts In Vegas - With An Understatement Of A Name

25th October 2013 -

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Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013 brings top artists of all walks of life to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend for two days of cracking music, scrumptious gourmet food and breath-taking art.This brand new festival opens...

The Killers Are Back With 'A Shot At The Night' In Sin City [Video]

30th September 2013 -

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'Shot At The Night' marks The Killers return ahead of the release of their upcoming singles compilation album, Direct Hits, that will include all their hits from 2003 to 2013. The Las Vegas rockers are...

The Killers Announce Direct Hits, Set For November 11th 2013

17th September 2013 -

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Ten years ago today, on September 16th, 2003, four young men from Las Vegas left America for the first time to play their first ever London show, appearing fourth on the bill at Camden's Dublin...

'About Time' The Stunning Soundtrack To The New Richard Curtis Film Released On 2nd September 2013

14th August 2013 -

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Every great film has a great soundtrack and nowhere is this more true than with the new romantic comedy from the acclaimed and much-loved writer and director Richard Curtis - About Time.Following in the footsteps...

Lollapalooza 2013 To Be Equipped For All Weathers For Another Memorable Weekend

26th July 2013 -

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Get ready for a magnificent time as Chicago brings you another rollicking year of Lollapalooza with a legendary line-up of mixed genre music from The Cure to Mumford & Sons.Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza...

As Fans Gather For 'T In The Park,' Police Crack Down On Drugs

12th July 2013 -

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The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T in the Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include...

Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

22nd January 2013 -

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NME is excited to reveal the nominations for its prestigious NME Awards 2013, which will take place on Wednesday 27th February at its brand new home, The Troxy in East London. Music fans have...

Stocking Fillers: Best Christmas Songs of 2012

18th December 2012 -

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Many consider Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' the last true Christmas song to be released; it's hard to believe that was back in 1994! Since then, there's been a sputtering...

A Week In Music: Bruno Mars Steps Up A Gear, Ke$ha Delivers Bonkers Pop, The Killers Release Bizarre Xmas Video and Much More!

10th December 2012 -

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Albums of Note... It looks as though Bruno Mars has stepped things up a gear on Unorthodox Jukebox. From straight-up pop songs, to disco and funk stylings, and a nod to reggae in there too,...

Muse Announce European Stadium Tour; Is A Killers Collaboration On The Cards?

20th November 2012 -

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Muse, a band whose live shows are getting so big and ostentatious that we can’t but think they’re compensating for something, have announced another slew of the blighters. The space-rocking, crotch-thrusting, tune-misplacing British group have...

The Killers Reschedule Manchester Shows, Announce Wembley Shows For Next Year

16th November 2012 -

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Las Vegas rockers The Killers were forced to cancel their performances at Manchester's MEN Arena this week after frontman Brandon Flowers lost his voice mid-set. Fortunately though, The Killers have never been a band to...

Is there a Brightside? The Killers Walk Off Stage After 5 Songs

14th November 2012 -

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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...

"I'm Sorry, We've Got To Stop", The Killers End Manchester Gig After 4 Songs

14th November 2012 -

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"I'm sorry. I've never had to do this before. We've got to stop," were the words of The Killers' Brandon Flowers in Manchester last night (November 13, 2012) after cutting short the band's arena concert...

The Killers Cancel Tonight's Show After Walk-Off In Manchester

14th November 2012 -

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Not only was there disappointment for fans of The Killers in Manchester last night, but there was for those hoping to see the Las Vegas band perform tonight in the UK city as well, with...

Bizarre Celebrity Mix For X Factor Final: Beyonce, Cher And The Killers

23rd October 2012 -

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If you think that The X Factor is weird now (what with Rylan’s increasingly bizarre, camp stage productions, a grown man that apparently cannot stop shaking whenever Dermot O’Leary speaks to him and a weekly...

The Chevin- Why Is This British Band is Better Known in the US Than at Home?

18th October 2012 -

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Since Contact Music spoke to UK band The Chevin, their highly anticipated first album 'Borderland' has been released and they have returned to the US to continue touring with various other American bands. It seems...

The Killers Pay Homage To The Late Andy Williams On Stage

27th September 2012 -

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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...

A Week in Music - September 24, 2012

24th September 2012 -

 Review

This week, we have a new video from The Spinto Band. The five-piece from Delaware return with 'Muesli,' the latest release from their 2012 album Shy Pursuit. The song has a retro-tropical feel and http://www.contactmusic.com/video/the-spinto-band-muesli-2"...

The Killers, Battle Born

20th September 2012 -

 Review

http://www.contactmusic.com/info/the_killers">The Killers fourth studio album Battle Born is a frustrating record. Thankfully it abandons some of the keyboard and synth excesses of 2008's Day & Age, but you still get the feeling that Brandon Flowers...

The Killers - Runaways

27th July 2012 -

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Chart-topping rockers 'The Killers' release the music video for their latest single 'Runaways' taken from their upcoming fourth studio album 'Battle Born' set for release on September 17th 2012.The video uses starry backdrops, shades of...

The Killers - Read My Mind (Stripped LIVE!)

26th January 2012 -

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The Killers - Live at The Royal Albert Hall

22nd December 2009 -

 Review

Review of The Killers album Live At The Royal Albert HallKillers fans are a spoilt bunch. With the band never off the radio, an array of hit singles, three successful studio albums, a b-sides album,...

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stella1234

here here! (mabye not better than the beatles though)

7 years 5 months ago
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I love Avril Lavigne

I don't like them, cuz their music is so corny and full of cliche. They're posers. And their vocalist is ugly.

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Great1

Well its time has come this group is great!! Been very bored with what has been going on in the music business of late. The Killers have my vote for best music and act since a very long time ago when this group came over from England called The Beatles.I know thats a very big leap in terms of what I think this band has going on.. as a new sound..but I think they will take the world by storm maybe not like the Beatles did and still do but a group worth watching and most important listening to.Their videos are always top produced, something very magic going on here with this group. I am staying tuned for the title wave I am sure that must follow.

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