The Killers

  • Rock band formed in 2001, from Las Vegas. It was originally formed by Brandon Flowers (keyboards, vocals) and Dave Keuning (guitar, vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums, percussion) joined in 2002.
  • Flowers and Keuning met in 2001. Flowers had been fired from his previous band, and Keuning had moved to Vegas from Iowa and placed an ad in a local paper, seeking to join a band. They met and connected, and started writing songs together.
  • They began playing in local clubs in 2002, going through several bassists and drummers, until they settling on Stoermer and Vannucci.  They put some demo songs on a website for unsigned bands, which caught the attention of record labels, and by the summer of 2003, they had a label.
  • They recorded their first album, Hot Fuss, in 2003, and released in June of 2004. Based on heavy touring, and the success of the singles – Somebody Told Me, All These Things That I’ve Done, and Mr. Brightside – the album sold over 7 million copies worldwide. It received 5 Grammy award nominations, and Rolling Stone ranked it #33 on its list of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of all time.
  • Their second album, Sam’s Town, named after a hotel/casino in Vegas, was released in 2006. It too was successful, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Its lead single, When We Were Young, gained them another 2 Grammy nominations.
  • The Killers have 2 other studio albums – Day & Age and Battle Born – that have been well received. They have been working on a new album since 2016, and something is expected this year.
  • Their fan club is named The Victims.
  • The genre of their music has been called alt rock, indie rock, post-punk, new wave and heartland rock. I think they are rockers with a hint of all of these. See what you think – watch their video Somebody Told Me.

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