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Band Members:

Brandon Flowers vocals & keyboards
David Keuning guitar
Mark Stoermer bass
Ronnie Vannucci (Jr.) drums

Band Facts

  • The band was based out of Las Vegas, NV
  • "Somebody Told Me." was released in 2004.
  • They are influenced by The Smiths, New Order, Oasis, and the Cure
  • Originally got together in 2002.
  • Flowers had left behind his former synth pop band, Blush Response, when he noticed a classified ad in the local newspaper placed by Keuning.
  • Brandon's family moved to Nephi, Utah, when he was eight because his parents were tired of living in Las Vegas after forty years
  • When Brandon was sixteen, he had the chance to return to Las Vegas which he did and attended Chaparral High School.
  • Dave Keuning's old stage name, which he no longer uses, was "Tavian Go".
  • Brandon Flowers is a Mormon.
  • The band was shaken by an earthquake during the recording of their song "Believe Me Natalie" at Lizard King, which caused Vannucci to fall from his stool.
  • They encountered fires in Simi Valley, California when they recorded their song "Change Your Mind" for the American version of their album Hot Fuss.
  • The band thought they were going to die when their private jet hit an air pocket in December 2003 when flying from Texas to the U.K..
  • In the new Mr. Brightside video, the bass drum gives the made-up band's name as "The Genius Sex Poets." This is rumored to be a name they were thinking of using before they settled on The Killers.
  • "Somebody Told Me" is a popular choice for the music in anime music videos.
  • Brandon Flowers disagrees with the look of the Smile Like You Mean It video, calling it too English-looking for American audiences.
  • Brandon Flowers has some grudges against The Bravery's musical success. He claims the band only got signed because of the success of The Killers

Quotes

"We hope that people get excited about a real band again." Brandon Flowers

"He was the only person to reply to my ad who wasn't a complete freak... He came over with his keyboard and we started going through song ideas straight away. I had the verse to "Mr. Brightside" and he went away and wrote the chorus. That was the first song we wrote together and remains the only song that we've played at every single Killers' show." David Keuning commenting on Brandon Flowers

"I've always had this thing about it not really mattering where you're from, because there's always been this big cloud over America saying you have to live in LA or you have to live in New York to make it. I always knew it didn't matter as long as you had the songs." Brandon Flowers on musical success

"I think that the public hear their pop radio or whatever and they just get sick of bad music. They want to hear songs again." Ronnie Vannucci

"We want to be important and to last." Brandon Flowers

Links

The Killers Fansite
Killers Collection
Desperate
The Killers
Record Label Site
Lizard King Records
The Killers UK Street Team
MTV: The Killers
Fanlisting
The Killers: Wikipedia
Earliest Article On The Killers
Launch.com
Destiny Is Calling Me
Mr. Brightside