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18 Favorite Secrets About The Killers

1. The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals).

2. Mark Stoermer (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002.

3. The name The Killers is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.

4. The group has released four chart topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012).

5. They have also released a B-sides and rarities compilation, Sawdust (2007); a live album, Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009); and a greatest hits album Direct Hits (2013).

6. The Killers are seen as one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century, They have achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over fifty countries and on six continents, headlining venues such as Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium.

7. In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, a Las Vegas synthpop trio known as Blush Response who subsequently relocated to Los Angeles. He eventually came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, a 25-year-old guitarist who had moved to Vegas from Iowa a year earlier.

8. The pair shared similar musical influences and soon began writing songs together in Keuning’s apartment.

9. By the end of 2001, they had recorded a demo at Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada; the demo featured four tracks, “Desperate”, “Replaceable” and early versions of “Mr. Brightside” and “Under the Gun”.

10. Local drummer Matt Norcross played drums on the demo while Dell Neal, who was Keuning’s roommate at the time, covered bass on two of the tracks.

11. Bassist Dell Neal later left the band due to personal reasons.

12. Ronnie Vannucci Jr joined The Killers shortly before Neal’s departure, Vannucci was well known on the Las Vegas music scene, having played in numerous bands since a young age.

13. It was while he was drumming for a band called Romance Fantasy in 2002 that he and The Killers developed a mutual appreciation for each other.

14. Ronnie’s first show with the band was on August 30, 2002 at a club called The Junkyard, playing bass for The Killers that night was Mark Stoermer who was at this point the lead guitarist for local progressive rock band The Negative Ponies, the band were keen on Stoermer joining them on a permanent basis with full commitment but he was reluctant to leave The Negative Ponies.

15. The band continued as a three piece trying out other bassists until November 2002 when Stoermer agreed to join and the band’s current line up was complete.

16. The four of them would get together in Vannucci’s garage to work on song ideas.

17. They would also sneak into the band room at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (where Vannucci was studying Classical percussion) at night to practice.

18. It was during this period that the band wrote much of their debut album Hot Fuss including hit singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Smile Like You Mean It”. It wasn’t long before they caught the attention of Braden Merrick, an A&R rep for Warner Bros.

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