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Few bands in the mid-2000s rose so quickly to the forefront of pop music as Las Vegas quartet the Killers. With a mix of '80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band's street-smart debut, Hot Fuss, became one of 2004's biggest releases, spawning four singles and catapulting the…more

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  • Trivia

    • On July 29, 2008, The Killers played for the first time at the Highline Ballroom in New York City two new songs called "Neon Tiger" and "Spaceman." They also performed for the first time live "Sweet Talk", a song from the B-sides album Sawdust.

    • Brandon and Dave performed the song Planet Earth with Duran Duran on May 9th, 2008 in Las Vegas.

    • They were elected The Best Local Band of Las Vegas in 2008 by the readers of The Las Vegas Review Journal.

    • The real name of Michael Valentine is Rod Pardey.

    • Their Height:
      Dave Keuning: 6'2
      Mark Stoermer: 6'5
      Ronnie Vannucci: 6'2
      Brandon Flowers: 5'11

    • The Killers won Best International Band at the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.

    • Sam's Town has sold about 2,750,000 copies worldwide.

    • Their third album should be released sometime in the Fall of 2008.

    • At the end of Sawdust's last song, Mr. Brightside remix there is a little song hidden called The Captain.

    • Sawdust has sold 500,000 copies worldwide.

    • Their b-side album Sawdust has sold 259,093 copies in the US.

    • During Glastonbury Festival 2007, The Killers covered a piece of the famous song Can't Take My Eyes of You.

    • Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf (Sawdust), Midnight Show and Jenny Was A Friend of Mine (Hot Fuss), form a murder trilogy.

    • After Sam's Town release, Ted Sablay joined the band to play guitar and keyboards/piano on the concerts, but he's always hidden.

    • At T in the park in 2005, Brandon Flowers coveres the song Crystal with New Order.

    • Shadowplay is a cover of Joy Division, made for the movie Control.

    • The Killers released a second Christmas song called "Don't Shoot Me Santa".

    • The Killers B-Side album Sawdust debuted at # 12 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold 82,000 copoes in its first week.

    • The Killers recently (2007) released their 3rd album, called Sawdust. It is a sort of combination of singles they have made over the years. The 17 songs on it are:

      1: Tranquilize(Feat. Lou Reed)
      2: Shadowplay
      3: All the Pretty Faces
      4: Leave the Bourbon On the Shelf
      5: Sweet talk
      6: Under the Gun
      7: Where the White Boys Dance
      8: Show You How
      9: Move Away
      10: Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
      11: Who Let You Go?
      12: The Ballad of Michael Valentine
      13: Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
      14: Daddy's Eyes
      15: Sam's Town (Live from Abbey Road)
      16: Romeo and Juliet
      17: Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)

    • When Killers appear on Live 8 in London, where they sang All These Things I've Done , with the text: "I got soul but I'm not a soldier" . Then Robbie Williams sang the same thing in his song.

    • Their song Read My Mind was in ER, the episode Photographs and Memories.

    • The Killers have been included on the soundtrack to Spiderman 3. The song appearing is Move Away which was originally supposed to be a B-side for the Read My Mind EP.

    • Ronie Vannucci has a degree in classical percussion from the UNLV.

    • Ronnie Vannucci's first drum kit was purchased by his parents from a heroin addict.

    • Their album Sam's Town was certified Platinum by the RIAA on January 26, 2007.

    • Their song Read My Mind was listed as #12 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2006.

    • The Killers made a Christmas song called A Great Big Sled.

    • The Killers video Read My Mind was shoot in Tokyo, Japan.

    • The singles from The Killers second album
      Sam's Town:
      When You Were Young
      Bones
      Read My Mind
      For Reasons Unknown
      .

    • The singles from The Killers first album Hot Fuss:
      Somebody Told Me
      Mr. Brightside
      All These Things That I've Done
      Smile Like You Mean It
      .

    • In People magazine they were named Sexiest Band on November 27, 2006.

    • They won Best Rock award with When You Were Young in MTV EMA 2006.

    • Their song When You Were Young debuted on radio stations in late July 2006.

    • Brandon cites his brother as one of his biggest musical influences. His brothers favorite bands eventually became his own favorite bands.

    • Their single Somebody Told Me
      peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Top 100.

    • Brandon Flowers disagrees with the look of the Smile Like You Mean It video, calling it too English-looking for American audiences.

    • Somebody Told Me is a popular choice for the music in anime music videos.

    • Brandon's family moved to a little town known as Nephi, Utah, when he was eight because his parents were tired of living in Las Vegas after forty years, Brandon stated in the October 2004 issue of Spin magazine . When he 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".

    • Sam's Town has reached number 1 on the UK, Australia, Canadian, and Ireland top charts.

    • Felice LaZae appears on the cover of Sam's Town.

    • In it's third week, Sam's Town sold 62,000 copies in the US.

    • In its second week, Sam's Town sold 102,000 copies in the US.

    • In its first week, Sam's Town sold 315,000 copies in the US.

    • David Keuning went to the University of Iowa.

    • At one time Bradon Flowers worked as a bellhop at the Gold Coast Hotel.

    • When You Were Young was the first single from Sam's Town.

    • The song All These Things That I've Done was used in the pilot of Jericho.

    • The single All These Things That I've Done peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #18 in the UK Singles Chart.

    • The Cuddle is a the what the band calls it's pre-show ritual, in which all the guys circle up in a tight circle.

    • The music video for Mr. Brightside stars Gabriel Byrne and Eric Roberts.

    • In 2005, they won at the World Music Awards for World's Best Selling New Group.

    • The Killers have been nominated for multiple MTV Video Music Awards:

      Nominated: Best Group Video 2005 for Mr. Brightside

      Nominated: Best Rock Video 2005 for Mr. Brightside
      Won: Best New Artist 2005

    • The Killers have been nominated for multiple Grammys:
      Nominated: Best Rock Album (2005) for Hot Fuss
      Nominated: Best Rock Song (2005) for ,"Somebody Told Me"
      Nominated: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group (2005) for "Somebody Told Me"
      Nominated: Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (2006) for "Mr. Brightside"
      Nominated: Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (2006) for "All These Things That I've Done"
      Nominated: Best Rock Song (2007) for "When You Were Young"
      Nominated: Best Short Form Music Video (2007) for "When You Were Young"

    • Bones will be the second single from Sam's Town. The music video for Bones marks the music video directing debut of movie director, Tim Burton.

    • Since going platinum, the band has managed to incite a few rivalries - most notably with The Bravery and Fall Out Boy, who are both labelmates Island Records. Flowers has said that these bands, especially The Bravery, are riding on the coattails of the success of The Killers.

    • The Killers made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live on September 30, 2006. They preformed the songs When You Were Young and Bones.

    • Three of the band members do not smoke.

    • The Killers first album Hot Fuss consists of 11 songs they are:
      1. "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mind"
      2. "Mr. Brightside"
      3. "Smile Like You Mean It"
      4. "Somebody Told Me"
      5. "All These Thingd That I've Done"
      6. "Andy, You're A Star"
      7. "On Top"
      8. "Indie Rock n Roll"
      9. "Believe Me Natalie"
      10. "Midnight Show"
      11. "Everything Will Be Alright"

    • The video for the song When You Were Young was filmed in Mexico City.

    • In 2005, The Killers won MME Magazine's Best International Band.

    • The Killers have played at the Bait Shop which is a fictional all ages club on The OC.

    • The Killers preformed on the London stage of the Live 8 concert on July 2, 2005.

    • The band members are all big fans of David Bowie, Morrissey, Queen, and Saves the Day.

    • Brandon Flowers was in the band Blush Response, but left them because he declined to move with the rest of them to Los Angeles.

    • The album Sam's Town takes its name from Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, a hotel-casino in Las Vegas, the hometown of the band.

    • The Killers second album Sam's Town consists of 13 songs they are.
      1.Sam's Town
      2.Enterlude
      3.When You Were Young
      4.Bling (Confession of a King)
      5.For Reasons Unknown
      6.Read My Mind
      7.Uncle Johnny
      8.Bones
      9.My List
      10.This River Is Wild
      11.Why Do I Keep Counting
      12.Exitlude

    • The Killers second album Sam's Town was released on October 2, 2006 in the UK, and October 3, 2006 in the US.

    • In 2005, The Killers were nominated for three Billboard Music Awards. The categories were Group of the Year, Digital Song of the Year for Mr. Brightside, and Modern Rock Artist of the Year.

    • The Killers contributed their song Smile Like You Mean It to The OC Mix 2 soundtrack.

    • Their single When You Were Young debuted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    • In 2005, The Killers were nominated for Breakthrough, Favorite New Artist at the American Music Awards.

    • They released their first album Hot Fuss on June 7, 2004 in the UK, and June 15, 2004 in the US.

    • The Killers like to sneak into the UNLV's music rooms to practice.

    • The Killers are a synth rock band.

    • Their first album Hot Fuss went Triple Platinum.

    • The Killers first album Hot Fuss was originally recorded as a demo.

    • The Killers are with Island Records.

    • Brandon Flowers used to be chubby, but he lost some weight over the years.

  • Quotes

    • (Brandon talks about the feedback of his criticism on bands like Panic At The Disco, The Bravery and Fall Out Boy)
      Brandon: It's a shame that music can't be for itself and some of the reasons is other than the fact that we may look...differently...we look cute though...other than the fact that we are very cute, I've said soemthings that led people into only going...you know, not going by their ears but how much they hate me....which sucks because the songs are beautiful no matter how ugly my tongue can be.

    • (What would be his all-time festival line-up)
      Ronnie: I guess I'd like to see people like Tom Waits, The Stooges, Jane's Addiction and the Jim Ross Circus. Bob Lazar, the UFO guy, would be doing symposiums. There would be a drum super group, a jazz quartet with Joshua Redman and Brian Blade dropping acid, M Ward, Cat Power. I'd put APB for Soul Coughing – this great New York band who broke up in the late 90's. I'd ask Elton John to play and AC/DC would headline.

    • Brandon: Vegas doesn't need to be put on a map,but when you mention the Killers,that's what they instantly associate with us. At first people think you're extraterrestrial almost because it's such a foreign place. A lot of people love it and love the party aspect of it.But a lot of people hat it and think it's a fake city. I find myself defending it a lot.

    • (About touring throughout 2007)
      Mark: The travelling part of it is difficult and being away from home for so long but at the end of the day,the shows are what make it worth it and it reminds you why you're here.There's never a show that we regret when we're up there on stage.It's what we've always wanted to do.

    • Brandon: Coming from Las Vegas, where you're surrounded by casinos, it's hard not to have a gamble once in a while. My favourite card game is blackjack, but roulette is what I really like playing. I haven't got a gambling problem - although when we recorded our new album Sam's Town in the basement of the Palms Hotel casino, there were some days when we had a couple of hiccups along the way, if you know what I mean...

    • (About Oasis)
      Brandon: When I first saw Oasis, it was such a defining moment. It made me realise that I really wanted to play rock'n'roll and also wanted to write songs that have a big chorus in them, which everyone can sing along to.

    • Saying about his style changes
      Brandon: It would be boring if I was always the same. I don't do it for the music or the people or the press, it's part of life changing. I get bored of certain things and I move on. There are two ways to look at it; you either represent where you're from, everything about your surroundings, or in my case I feel it's more where the music is taking me. I can't help it – I love so many different types of music I don't want to be tied down.

    • Explaining why they missed NME Awards cerimony
      Brandon: I think I've got a pretty good excuse in that I'm helping my wife to raise a little human. We've got a little boy. Actually, he's in the 90-per centile height range for his age! Also we toured Sam's Town for 14 months and we need time off to get ready for the next one. You wouldn't wanna mess with the thunder.

    • (After playing Uncle Johnny in Curitiba, Brazil)

      Brandon: You liked the last one, didn't you?
      Audience: silence
      Dave: Yeahhh
      Audience: Yeaahhhhhhh
      Dave: I guess they understood that!

    • Brandon: "Look at a band like the Bravery. They're signed because we're a band," Flowers said. "I've heard rumors about [members of] that band being in a different kind of band, and how do you defend that? If you say, 'My heart really belongs to what I'm doing now,' but you used to be in a ska band. I can see the Strokes play or Franz Ferdinand play and it's real, and I haven't gotten that from the Bravery. I think people will see through them."

    • Brandon: "We want to be important and to last."

    • Brandon: I think that our song Read My Mind is the best one we have ever written.

    • Brandon: Music makes my blood flow. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a favorite song. I just want to be the messenger.

    • Brandon: (About Emo music) Culturally, if it gets as big as it is in America, it could change an entire generation of people growing up here. Emo, pop-punk, whatever you want to call it, is dangerous.

    • Brandon: (about Green Day's Bullet in a Bible DVD/CD) You have Green Day and American Idiot. Where do they film their DVD? In England. A bunch of kids screaming "I don't want to be an American idiot" I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me.

    • Brandon: Where the White Boys Dance is a real slut.

    • Brandon: I grew up listening to English rock and roll.

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