Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, pianos, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals) formed the Killers in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. Although it encountered a few early lineup adjustments, the band ultimately decided on the following line-up: Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer (bass), Vannucci (drums), and touring musicians Sablay (keyboards) and Blanton. The band’s name is derived from a graphic on the bass drum of a fantasy band depicted in the song “Crystal,” which was used to promote their debut record, Hot Fuss. The logo was based on The Sound of Music, with Brandon Flowers stating “We just thought it was a beautiful picture. It’s called The Killers… and the name stuck.”
The band has released four studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), and Battle Born (2012). They have also released one compilation album Direct Hits (2013) which consisted of two new songs along with ten additional tracks from their previous studio albums in addition to The Killers’ live cover version of Alphaville’s 1984 synthpop song Forever Young recorded for an NHS charity campaign. To date, they have sold over 25 million records worldwide. The group performed at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony led by The Who’s frontman Roger Daltrey. The band also performed as headliners at many major festivals including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga. The Killers are currently touring for their fifth studio record Wonderful Wonderful which was released September 22nd, 2017.
Since 2016, Stoermer (guitarist) and Keuning have been on extended breaks from performing. In fact, during this time, Stoermers had to quit touring since he had become worn out with it all while still feeling the effects of his pyrotechnics accident a few years ago when he rejoined them up again just last year! Then there’s Kauling, who only released one solo album but didn’t tour much either, so we’ll see how long they’ll be away now that their break is over.
The music of this act can be classified under the umbrella term ‘alternative.’ They are often considered an indie band because their sound falls outside the boundaries of what most people would categorize them as not too heavy metal or soft acoustic ballads but instead somewhere between both sounds in mentality and texture which has made it difficult for some listeners to pinpoint how they’ll feel about “Mr. Brightside” once listening starts up again after that intense intro guitar lick comes along around 0:59 seconds into track one on The Killers’ debut album “Hot Fuss”.
The band The Killers have been around for over a decade. They are known throughout the world and their music has inspired many to feel something in some way, shape or form. The number of fans they’ve amassed is mind-boggling but it’s not surprising when you consider how much time The Killers spent growing up together before getting serious about the project that would one day become The Killers.
I think people will be happy to know The Killers won’t need another year-long break before coming back again with more songs for us all to enjoy because if there is anything I can say about this band is that they love what they do! Their passion shines through on every album, every song so The Killers will be back for sure!