Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The Killers Rock Out in the U.K.

The Killers are used to headlining stadiums and arenas all over the world, but last July, the rockers tried something change: They played two confidant gigs at London's Royal Albert Hall. With tickets hard to come by, the Killers taped the gigs, capturing the rare performances on a new DVD/CD in stores Tuesday. Now, PEOPLE has your first look at the opening number, their hit "Human." "There was definitely an energy to be footaged in a smaller venue," drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr., told PEOPLE over the phone before a recent concert in Monterrey, Mexico. "It's everyone for more fun i think so, instead than going into this big stadium. We wanted to show that we're a good band – and get the whole crowd reciprocation on tape."

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Killers slay audiences with live show experience

NEW YORK - Started out when the Killers , they wanted to raise a ruckus like their favorite rock stars did on the road: Frontman Brandon Flowers heard of the legendary exploits of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie and neededto emulate those experiences.
But Flowers says the Killers' indulgence in the stereotypical rock star lifestyle is now in the wind.
"When we got away from cliches, our shows started actually getting better," Flowers points out.
"You become mindful that people are coming to see a band that's well-rehearsed," added drummer Ronnie Vannucci. "Burning the candle at both ends could hinder performance."
By no means, however, are the Mormon raised Flowers and the rest of the quartet choirboys.
"I think we smartened up and were a little bit more selective of when we were going to go paint the town red," Flowers says with a smile.
Now on their fourth album, the band's impressive live show is coming to a screen near you.
"The Killers: Live From The Royal Albert Hall" was recorded earlier this year in London at the prestigious 138 year old venue. The CD/DVD set, to be released on Tuesday, also features extra footage, including backstage interviews, and excerpts from their performances at the Oxygen and V Festivals as well as a Hyde Park concert, also in London.
Flowers credits London as the place where their success began.
"We wanted to capture that and thank them," Flowers says. "The energy is different (there). It's not a part of our culture to celebrate music here the way they do across the Atlantic."
The soft spoken Flowers is fearless. He commands the stage like a modern day crooner, except that he fronts a rock band instead of an orchestra, and wears "guyliner" and feather epaulettes on his blazer (at other times, he opts for a gilded suit).
Despite the boldness of his stage attire, the Killers lead singer doesn't see himself as a style icon.
"I'm just trying not to look stupid and apparently some people don't think I'm doing a very good job," Flowers says, then breaks into a gentle laugh.
They've been touring for their latest album, "Day & Age," for more than a year, and expect to be on the road for a good part of 2010. Spreading their flamboyant brand of pop around the world is a highlight for the band, but they're also cognizant of its drawbacks.
Vanucci reduces the dilemma to a single word: "Airports." Then Flowers chimes, "To take off in the sky — not natural. I'd rather be on the bus on the ground." Immediately, Vannucci interjects, "Somebody's scared to fly," before both break out in laughter.
That spirit among Killers translates on stage — and that's where it actually matters.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Killers: Cover The Eagles

The Killers have recorded a version of the classic Eagles song 'Hotel California'. The track to the new 'Rhythms del Mundo Classics' album the band have denoted, which aims to raise money for the Artists Project Earth charity for climate change.
Also on the digest, which is released on November 30, are Editors performing 'Walk On The Wild Side', Keane tackling 'Under Pressure', Kaiser Chiefs having a go at 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and The Rolling Stones trying the favourite 'Under The Boardwalk'

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

'Hotel California', The Killers to release Eagles'

The Killers are set to release their version of The Eagles' 'Hotel California' on November 30. The Las Vegas band recorded the track with Afro Cuban musicians Rhythms Del Mundo for the climate different and natural disaster support charity Artists Project Earth (APE). The track is also available on the Rhythms Del Mundo 'Classics' album, which is out now, and features cover versions from Amy Winehouse, Keane, Editors and Fall Out Boy.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Killers headline: Good Vibrations line-up

The Killers American rockers have been announced as headliners for the 2010 Good Vibrations music festival.
They will play alongside dance music masters Armand Van Helden and Basement Jaxx.
Busta Rhymes, Naughty By Nature and Salt-N-Pepa will please hip-hop fans, while The Gossip and Art Vs Science are sure to please the indie crowd.
Tickets for the Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast shows go on sale October 30.

Friday, 4 September 2009

killers facing jail 'Honey trap'

The killers of a teenage boy including the girl who lured him to his death in a savage knife attack in south London, are to be sentenced later.
Shakilus Townsend, 16, was besotted with Samantha Joseph who lured him to the gang made up of her ex-boyfriend Danny McLean and five others.
The prosecution at the Old Bailey said a knife was raked across the victim's liver in the "honey trap" attack.
Shakilus called out for his mother as he lay dying, the tribunal was told.
The stripling, from Deptford, south-east London, was attacked in a cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath in July 2008.
Residents tried to stem the loss of blood with bath towels but he died several hours later in hospital.
The court was told Joseph lured their victim to the gang which was made up of McLean, 18, brothers Tyrell Ellis, 19, and Don-Carlos Ellis, 18, all from Thornton Heath; Andrew Johnson-Haynes, 18, from Croydon, south London; Andre Thompson and Michael Akinfenwa, both 17 and both of Norwood, south London.

Shakilus was attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed several times.
As he lay bleeding he called out for his mother, crying: "I don't need to die."
Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, said Joseph, now 17, "set up the hapless Shakilus Townsend in a honey trap with a lethal and tragic twist".
"She was more than equal to the task. She played her part to perfection, duping Shakilus who could see no wrong in her, the others in hot chase of him."
His mother, Nicola Dyer, wept as her son's killers were found hangdog at the Old Bailey trial in July.
She said, "I can't understand how she could have unfeelingly set him up and lured him to his death,"

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Bugti's killers PML-N will not spare

LAHORE - PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has demanded of the government to play its role in bringing the killers of Nawab Akbar Bugti to justice forthwith.He was talking to grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Jamhoori Watan Party chief Shah Zain Bugti who called on him at his residence at Raiwind on Wednesday. Nawaz Sharif said the Baloch people had equal rights over natural appliance like provinces. He said it was responsibility of the present government and all political parties to bring the Baloch into national arena for progress and prosperity of the county. Terming the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti a brutal act, he said it would not be compromised. He said the nation was intensely concerned over the prevailing situation in Balochistan. Nawaz said, “The grievances and concerns of the Baloch cannot ignored, and without provincial cohesion and brahness the federation cannot survive.” He said PML-N would appeal the case of Baloch in the same way as it did in restoration of the judiciary. Nawaz said the country could not afford to countenance the East Pakistan-like situation in Balochistan when the majority party was not allowed to form government and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman was detained in West Pakistan. “Such situations surface due to dictatorship and martial laws.” He said after the February 18 mandate given by the people, the time had come that the Baloch should be given their due rights and be compensated for the rulers’ past mistakes. “We want to relieve the people of Balochistan that we would fight their case till they get their rights,” he said. Nawaz said PML-N would not angular those who killed Nawab Akbar Bugti. His killers must be brought to justice, he asserted. “I absolutely have no doubt that all the problems that we face today, including extremism and militancy, would not have been created had there been no military coups.”

Friday, 17 July 2009

The Killers announced to release covers album

Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vanucci told that the band are planning to record an album of covers before the end of the year.

They've been thinking hard about which acts they'd like to include on the album.

"It's something that we've always talked about doing and we're still talking about," Flowers said. "It's difficult for each of us to pick songs that represent us as individuals. I mean, I have a lot of personalities myself! I've gone through everything from Neil Diamond to The Cars."

Vanucci cited acts including "Genesis, Tom Waits, a little Cyndi Lauper, Iggy Pop" as his preferred choices for the album, adding that he's also been "messing around with a couple of Fleet Foxes songs" recently.

The drummer continued by saying that the band are planning to work on the album while on their current tour, explaining that The Killers have taken a mobile recording rig on the road with them. "It sounds excellent," he noted.

The Killers are set to headline Hard Rock Calling in London this year.

Monday, 4 May 2009

The Killers - Live

The Killers perform "All These Things That I've Done" @ Coachella 2009