The Best Advice The Killers Ever Got
With nearly two decades in the game Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. share some wise words.
Back in late February we caught up with The Killers who were in NYC to play press a few cuts from their forthcoming sixth album Imploding the Mirage. In some ways Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. are very much the same as when they burst onto the scene with songs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” back in late 2003-early 2004: in person Ronnie is warm and wise-cracking; Brandon is earnest, watchful, and serious, and onstage both are absolute powerhouse performers.
But of course nearly two decades after forming in Las Vegas, a hell of a lot has changed. For one thing The Killers have moved well beyond being indie disco dance floor devastators—their patented mix of synth-pop swagger and anthemic rock bombast means that these days they hold their soirees in stadiums. (Although their tour has now been postponed till next year, when the band announced their 10 UK stadium shows this past fall, they shifted over 350,000 tickets, selling out within hours.)
Brandon and Ronnie have achieved incredible success, but they’ve also weathered trends and line-up changes and the growing pains associated with the evolution of any creative endeavor, so we were very interested in what tid-bits they’ve found useful during their time in the spotlight. They delivered two pieces of advice that ultimately work hand-in-hand.
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