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'