The Killers


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 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 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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Brandon Flowers Announces Details Of Second Solo Album

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The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has confirmed the release date of his second solo album. The Desired Effect will arrive on May 19th 2015, and will be carried by Island Records.

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.

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Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers will release a new solo album in May

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Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together

Tags: The Killers - Jimmy Carr - Kasabian - Noel Fielding - Arcade Fire - Jonathan Ross - Ed Sheeran - Tim Minchin - Dave Chappelle - Kanye West

Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of comedy and music:

Jimmy CarrBritish comedian Jimmy Carr joined The Killers onstage at this year's V Festival

1) The Killers and Jimmy Carr

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The Killers And Other Really Weird Lyrics

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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.

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Brandon Flowers is the writer of the weirdest lyric ever ('Human')

According to a poll that surveyed 2,000 adults run by online streaming service Blinkbox, the winner is 2008 single ‘Human’ by The Killers for its chorus “are we human? / or are we dancer?”

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Experience Sun, Sand And Sensational Sounds At Hangout Festival 2014

Tags: Black Keys - Queens Of The Stone Age - The 1975 - The Killers - Pretty Lights - Flaming Lips - Fitz & The Tantrums - Chance the Rapper - Wild Belle - Robert DeLong - Outkast - Jack Johnson - Bastille - The Avett Brothers - Capital Cities - Tom Odell - Wild Cub

Alabama's sun-soaked, sold-out Hangout Music Fest begins officially today (May 16th 2014) following yesterday's kick-off party - and there's almost too much fun to take in.

Set against the glorious backdrop of Gulf Shores' pure white beaches, this festival truly is the place to 'hang out' this weekend with top headliners The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast and Jack Johnson leading the talent-studded bill. Acts such as Jack Antonoff's latest project Bleachers, CLASSIXX and Bonobo's DJ set went down a storm at the Discover Great Thursday Kickoff Party, but don't worry if you missed it because things are getting even better over the rest of the weekend.

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Headliners The Black Keys open the festival today

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Outside Lands Brings You The 2014 Line-Up! Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Duck Sauce, Jagwar Ma And More

Tags: Tom Petty - Arctic Monkeys - Flaming Lips - Haim - Local Natives - Phosphorescent - Warpaint - Tiesto - Disclosure - SBTRKT - Holy Ghost! - Duck Sauce - Capital Cities - CHVRCHES - Jagwar Ma - Courtney Barnett - Kanye West - The Killers

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Possibly the only major festival where you can enjoy fine gourmet cuisine while rocking out to an eclectic variety of international artists, Outside Lands has now unveiled the 2014 line-up as it prepares to return to San Francisco this August.

We just can't express our excitement enough at the newly revealed line-up for Outside Lands this year. Topping the bill are the likes of Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; three very different artists which see the latter become the first act ever to headline twice following their incredible set in 2013. Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands are showing signs of development every single summer, and at much benefit for the city with a percentage of every ticket sale going to San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.

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

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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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