The tale of how Las Vegas pop-rockers The Killers formed

They've released their sixth album 'Imploding the Mirage'

(L-R): Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning
Author: Emma DoddsPublished 22nd Nov 2020
Last updated 25th Nov 2020

Since their formation in 2001, anthemic US rockers The Killers have grown into one of the biggest bands on the planet. After a bit of shifting around in the line-up, it settled in its current form in 2002: Brandon Flowers on lead vocals and keyboards, Dave Keuning on lead guitar, Mark Stoermer on bass guitar and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. on the drums.

After releasing their sixth album 'Imploding the Mirage', we've pulled together something of a brief history on the band, and how they formed - including how they chose their band name. Read on to further your Killers-shaped horizons...

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When were The Killers formed?

The band originally formed back in 2001, after Brandon Flowers was fired from band Blush Response. He had an epiphany at an Oasis concert, and realised that fronting a rock band was his true calling - leading to a furious search for like-minded musicians, during which he discovered an ad by guitarist Dave Keuning.

They met up and immediately began working on writing music together, and recruited drummer Matt Norcross before recording a demo consisting of their first ever song - 'Mr Brightside' - and 'Desperate'. They recorded two more songs a month later, with Dave's roommate Dell Neal completing the line-up on bass guitar.

The band played their first gigs together in 2002, handing out free demos to drum up interest in themselves. They then met Ronnie Vannucci Jr., a well-known drummer in the area, and bassist Mark Stoermer also joined soon after that, forming the current line-up that we know today.

What is the current line-up for The Killers?

Brandon Flowers sings lead vocals and also plays synthesizer and keyboards; Dave Keuning plays lead guitar and provides backing vocals; Mark Stoermer plays bass guitar and also backing vocals as well as playing rhythm guitar and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. plays the drums.

Former bass player Dell Neal was part of the band from 2001 until 2002, and Matt Norcross played drums for the same period. Brian Havens played drums briefly for The Killers in 2002, before Ronnie was recruited.

How old are The Killers?

Brandon Flowers' birthday is 21st June 1981, making his current age 39; Dave Keuning's birthday is 28th March 1976, making him currently aged 44; Mark Stoermer's birthday is 28th June 1977, which makes him currently 43-years-old, and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.'s birthday is 15th February 1976, so he's currently aged 44.

Where are The Killers from?

Brandon Flowers was born in Nevada, David is from Iowa, Mark is from Texas and and Ronnie is from Las Vegas. The former three all moved to Las Vegas, which is how they met!

How did The Killers get their name?

Brandon explained this during one of The Killers' gigs at Manchester Arena in 2015, "We took our name from a New Order video, I think they’re from here?" he joked. "And it was from this song called Crystal. We’re going to play it for you tonight."

The New Order video for 'Crystal' features a fictitious band called The Killers, and the logo and band name features on the bass drum in the video.

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When is The Killers new album out?

The band's sixth album 'Imploding the Mirage' was released on 21st August 2020, having been pushed back from 29th May 2020, and they released single 'Caution' on Thursday 12th March 2020, which features Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac.

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The Killers also took the opportunity to poke fun at outgoing US President, Donald Trump, after they were snubbed at the Grammy Awards 2020 and did not receive any nominations for 'Imploding The Mirage'.

Are The Killers touring in 2020?

Unfortunately not. The Killers were set to perform in May and June 2020 throughout the UK, but were forced to postpone the tour due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Announcing the news in April 2020, the band released a statement to explain.

It read, 'UK and Ireland friends...We must postpone our UK and Ireland dates due to COVID. The single most important thing is that you all take care of yourselves and be safe and healthy. These are going to be the same great shows, but we have to move them to next year. All tickets will be honoured, so we really hope you will join us. If you can’t, please contact your ticket agent.'

The Killers will be joined by special guests Blossoms (dates marked **), Sam Fender (dates marked ^^) and Manic Street Preachers (dates marked ##) at the new shows, as detailed below:

MAY 2021

Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium – Tue 25th **

Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium – Thu 27th ##

Coventry Ricoh Stadium – Sat 29th ##

Southampton St Mary’s Stadium – Mon 31st ??

JUNE 2021

Norwich Carrow Road Stadium – Wed 2nd ??

London Emirates Stadium – Fri 4th ^^

London Emirates Stadium – Sat 5th ^^

Falkirk Stadium – Tue 8th **

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium – Thu 10th ##

Manchester Emirates Old Trafford – Sat 12th **

Remaining tickets for selected dates are available from Absolute Radio Tickets.

After the pandemic was announced, the band remained positive that the tour would still go ahead, taking to Twitter on 12th March 2020 to release a statement which read, 'People of Earth, greetings and salutations.

'We've been putting this tour together for a long time and we are extremely excited to finally share it with you. We have, of course, been paying close attention to the recent precautionary measures around the world and trust that the coronavirus is expected to follow traditional flu season patterns.

'We look forward to a great summer of shows. Look after each other - sing the chorus of Mr. Brightside when you wash your hands - and see you this summer!'

Lead singer Brandon Flowers then demonstrated this, posting a video of himself singing the chorus of Mr. Brightside whilst washing his hands!

The original dates were as follows:

MAY 2020

Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium - Tue 26th (w/ Blossoms) - NEW DATE

Falkirk Stadium – Thu 28th (w/ Blossoms)

Manchester Emirates Old Trafford – Sat 30th (w/ Blossoms)

JUNE 2020

Norwich Carrow Road – Mon 1st (w/ Blossoms)

Southampton St Mary’s Stadium – Wed 3rd (w/ Blossoms)

London Emirates Stadium - Fri 5th (w/ Sam Fender) - EXTRA SHOW

London Emirates Stadium – Sat 6th (w/ Sam Fender)

Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium – Tue 9th (w/ Manic Street Preachers)

Coventry Ricoh Arena – Thu 11th (w/ Manic Street Preachers)

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium – Sat 13th (w/ Manic Street Preachers)

UPDATE: The entire tour is completely sold out except the band's extra show at London Emirates Stadium on Friday 5th June and their new date at Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 26th May - take a look on Absolute Radio Tickets.

Scroll through to see some of our favourite live moments from The Killers:

The Killers performing at BST Hyde Park, 2017

The Killers performing at BST Hyde Park, 2017

The Killers performing at BST Hyde Park, 2017

The Killers performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, 2018

The Killers performing at the Isle of Wight Festival, 2018

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