The Killers

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The Killers
The Killers @ Bonnaroo 2018.jpg
The Killers performing in June 2018
Background information
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
GenresPop rock, alternative rock, new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop
Years active2001–present
LabelsIsland, Vertigo, Marrakesh /Lizard King
WebsiteTheKillersMusic.com
MembersBrandon Flowers
Mark Stoermer
Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
Past membersDave Keuning
Dell Neal
Matt Norcross
Brian Havens

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). The current, official lineup of the band (as of 2020) consists of Flowers, Mark Stoermer (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) - the latter two have both joined The Killers in 2002.[1] The band's name is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".[2]

The band has released six consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012), Wonderful Wonderful (2017), and Imploding the Mirage (2020). They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); a greatest-hits album, Direct Hits (2013); and a Christmas compilation, Don't Waste Your Wishes (2016).

The Killers are considered one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century,[3] and the most successful act to ever emerge from Nevada, selling more than 28 million records worldwide, including 10.8 million in the US alone.[4][5] They have performed in over 50 countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival (2007 and 2019).

In 4th August 2017 It was announced that Dave Keuning had left the killers after 15 years with the band, to pursue a solo career and which leaves Brandon Flowers, Mark Stoermer And Ronnie Vannucci Jr to continuing The Killers as a trio and would able to continuing music without him.

Band members[change | change source]

Current members[change | change source]

  • Brandon Flowers – lead vocals, keyboards, occasional bass (2001–present)
  • Mark Stoermer – bass, backing vocals, occasional rhythm guitar (2002–present; on touring hiatus since 2016; occasionally, Stoermer may still perform with The Killers on live shows)
  • Ronnie Vannucci Jr. – drums, percussion, occasional backing vocals (2002–present)

Former members[change | change source]

  • Dave Keuning – lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–2017; on hiatus since 2017)
  • Dell Neal – bass, backing vocals (2001–2002)
  • Brian Havens – drums (2002)
  • Mat Norcross – drums (2001–2002)

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

  • Hot Fuss
  • Sam's Town
  • Day & Age
  • Battle Born
  • Wonderful Wonderful
  • Imploding the Mirage

Compilation albums[change | change source]

  • Sawdust
  • Direct Hits
  • Don't Waste Your Wishes

Live albums[change | change source]

  • Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Extended plays[change | change source]

  • (Red) Christmas EP

Singles[change | change source]

  • Mr. Brightside
  • Somebody Told Me
  • All These Things That I've Done
  • Smile Like You Mean It
  • When You Were Young
  • Bones
  • Read My Mind
  • For Reasons Unknown
  • Shadowplay
  • Tranquilize
  • Human
  • Spaceman
  • The World We Live In
  • A Dustland Fairytale
  • Runaways
  • Miss Atomic Bomb
  • Here with Me
  • Shot at the Night
  • Just Another Girl
  • The Man
  • Run for Cover
  • Rut
  • Caution
  • My Own Soul's Warning

Other songs[change | change source]

  • Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
  • Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
  • Wonderful Wonderful
  • Some Kind of Love

Christmas songs[change | change source]

  • A Great Big Sled
  • Don't Shoot Me Santa
  • Joseph, Better You than Me
  • ¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!
  • Boots (The Killers song)|Boots
  • The Cowboys' Christmas Ball
  • I Feel It in My Bones
  • Christmas in L.A.
  • Joel the Lump of Coal
  • Dirt Sledding
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas

Concert tours[change | change source]

  • Hot Fuss Tour (2003–2005)
  • Battle Born World Tour (2013–2014)
  • Wonderful Wonderful World Tour (2017–2018)

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Killers". Billboard: The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment.
  2. Bourne, Dianne (February 20, 2013). "Video: Bernard Sumner joins The Killers in celebration of their 'musical home'". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  3. Barlow, Eve (March 22, 2015). "Brandon Flowers on The Desired Effect: 'Every song on this album is a single'". The Guardian.
  4. "Colours of Ostrava - The Killers". Colours.cz. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  5. "The Killers' Catalog Acquired in Eldridge's First Music Publishing Deal". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 21, 2020.