Green Day, Stevie Wonder, The Killers to headline the Global Citizen Festival

Green Day, the Killers, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the big names set to invade New York City later this year for the 2017 Global Citizen Festival. On Tuesday (Aug. 1), the annual, good-cause music festival announced a diverse lineup for the 2017 incarnation of the musical event. Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, the Lumineers, Alessia Cara, and the Chainsmokers will also be featured on the lengthy bill. According to a press release from the music festival, more special guests will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

The goal of the Global Citizen organization is to ask their followers, referred to as Global Citizens, to hold their leaders accountable for major world issues. Prior to the big concert event, Global Citizen will be campaigning to create major changes in the areas of education, food security, healthcare, gender equality, and sanitation. In addition to that, the group also aims to end poverty, take on climate change, and fight all kinds of inequalities by 2030.

“We’re grateful to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival,” begins Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. “American aid programs make a significant difference in the betterment of lives at home and around the world, and we should all want these programs to become stronger, not weaker. We all play a part in seeing this mission through and it starts with calling on all our leaders.”

“In this crucial time, there is nothing more exciting to me than having the honor of giving my gift of song, words and motivation to the Global Citizen Festival,” said two-time performer Stevie Wonder. “When we commit ourselves to life issues, we are showing love of the Most High. I was, I am and will always be, a citizen connected to the spirit of everyone on this planet moving forward. Let’s go!”

“We can’t wait to get back to our hometown of New York City and play for 60,000 people who have done amazing things to change the world,” begins the Chainsmokers’ statement. “We are so thankful to our fans for getting online and taking action to support less fortunate people around the world. We’ll see you on Sept. 23!”

The 2017 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Sept. 23 at New York’s Central Park. According to the music festival’s website, they are expecting approximately 60,000 Global Citizens to attend the musical event. Like the past years, tickets for the show will be distributed via a lottery system. Fans can get involved and informed on how to become a Global Citizen by checking out the music festival’s website here.

Listen to The Killers’ new funky song ‘The Man’

Less than a week after word spread that The Killers would be releasing a brand new song very soon and giving a teaser of it, the four-piece has finally unveiled the full version of the new track. On Wednesday (June 14), the LAs Vegas-based band unveiled the audio of their first new song in five years, Christmas songs excluded, “The Man.” Frontman Brandon Flowers headed over the Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to premiered the song as the “Hottest Record.” During the interview that followed the upbeat tune, Flowers revealed that the new album, which has been confirmed to be titled Wonderful Wonderful, was produced by Jacknife Lee and Stuart Price, who Flowers has worked with in the past.

“We mostly did it with Jacknife and then we did one song that I wrote with Stuart. But it was great, it’s always nice to bring fresh blood in and Jacknife, we have never worked with before and he’s so  creative right now and he is so energetic and sometime, you need that.”

When asked by the DJ about how the new tune sounds, Flowers said the following: “Sonically, it’s pretty funky. Funkier than anything we’ve ever done before and I do hear things that remind me of quintessential Killers things and that starts with Mark’s [Stoermer] bass line, our bass player, has a prominent feature on this song and this is what he’s really great at.” To listen to the complete interview, head on over here.

Though an official release date has not been given for Wonderful Wonderful, the new album will be the group’s fifth studio album. Wonderful Wonderful is the Killers’ follow-up to 2012’s Battle Born. Last year, they released a compilation of their previously released Christmas song and named it Don’t Waste Your Wishes.

Reports: The Killers to release new album in the fall

Update:

Surprise! Listen to a snippet of “The Man” now:


It’s been five years since The Killers released their last studio album, so could things change this upcoming fall? On Friday (June 9), a report surfaced that fans could be a seeing a brand new album from the Las Vegas band as soon as late September. Early Friday morning, rumors began to circulate about the release time frame when Fox Sports Australia’s Fox Footy revealed that the band would be one of the headliners at this year’s Australian Football League’s grand final.

While the AFL has refused to verify its entertainment booking for the major event, Fox Footy says it was confirmed by “music industry sources.” In addition to their first show in Australia since Big Day Out in 2013, the group will also reportedly release their new album ten days before the headlining gig.

The AFL’s showcase event is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 which means the still-unconfirmed new album will be released on Wednesday, Sept. 20. As it has been pointed out by several publications, new albums are typically released on Fridays, not Wednesdays (it used to be Tuesdays, but that changed in 2015).

While everything at this point is just hearsay, there may be further evidence of the band releasing a new song as soon as next week. In the same report, Fox Footy also claims that the band will release a new song titled “The Man” on Thursday, June 15. Last week, the band posted an image of frontman Brandon Flowers wearing a leather jacket with “THE MAN” sprawled across the back. Then, on Thursday (June 8), the band posted a link to a mailing list sign up on Twitter with the accompanying message, “Hear new music from The Killers before anyone else.”

The Killers’ last studio album was 2012’s Battle Born. Last year, they collected all their past Christmas singles and released them as Don’t Waste Your Wishes.

The Killers release their annual Christmas song, announce holiday album

Once Halloween passes, it almost feel like the holidays are out to get you. If the turkey dinners and holiday decorations at every store aren’t enough to let you know that “the most wonderful time of the year” is right around the corner, then the news that The Killers’ new holiday song being released might. On Friday (Nov. 18), the Las Vegas-founded band unleashed their latest holiday song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” For the past decade, the band has released holiday songs to get fans, and casual listeners, excited for the holidays with his year being no different.

While the fans got to enjoy the new-ish music from the band, proceeds from all the tracks were donated to (RED) to help them and their mission to combat AIDs. One thing that is a little different from every other year is the band’s decision to gather all of the holiday singles and release a Christmas compilation. The album, which is titled Don’t Waste Your Wishes, will included previously released holiday singles, “Don’t Shoot Me Santa,” “Boots,” “Joel the Lump of Coal,” and others. All proceeds from the sale of the Christmas compilation will also be donated to (RED).

As if giving back to charity wasn’t enough, frontman Brandon Flowers revealed that he learned the true meaning of the holidays from his fourth grade teach, Mr. Hansen, who is featured on the 2016 holiday single. Pre-orders for Don’t Waste Your Wishes are currently available on the band’s website and on iTunes. At the moment, only the digital version is available, but come Dec. 9, physical copies of the album will be available.

Check out the complete track listing for Don’t Waste Your Wishes below.

DON’T WASTE YOUR WISHES TRACK LISTING:

1.”A Great Big Sled” feat. Toni Halliday
2. “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” feat. Ryan Pardey
3. “Joseph, Better You than Me” feat. Elton John & Neil Tennant
4. “¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” feat. Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx
5. “Boots”
6. “The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball”
7. “Feel It in My Bones” feat. Ryan Pardey
8. “Christmas in L.A.” feat. Dawes
9. “Joel the Lump of Coal” feat. Jimmy Kimmel
10. “Dirt Sledding” feat. Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss
11. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” feat. Ned Humphrey Hansen

The Killers to celebrate ‘Sam’s Town’ ten-year anniversary

The Killers’ sophomore effort, Sam’s Town, is turning ten this year, and in honor of its momentous occasion, the group has revealed some big plans to celebrate. On Monday (Aug.1 ), the Las Vegas-based band announced that they will be reissuing Sam’s Town on vinyl this fall. The vinyl reissue will feature two tracks not on the original release; a demo of “Peace of Mind” and “Read My Mind (Pet Shop Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix).” The band will release a limit amount of copies (5,016 to be exact) which will include a coffee table-style booklet.

In addition to the reissue of the album, the band has also announced a two-day “Decennial Extravaganza” which will take place at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The weekend will include performances by The Killers on Friday and Saturday night as well as a tour of iconic Killers-related locations in Las Vegas.

Tickets for The Killers’ fan club will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. PST. General tickets will then go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. PST. All profits from the event will go to support local Las Vegas charities for the homeless as well as addiction recovery.

Back in May, the four-piece announced that longtime bassist Mark Stoermer would no longer join the group on tour. Since all the celebration is set to take place in Las Vegas, there’s a huge possibility that the bassist will be present for both festive days.

The Killers bassist to take a break from touring

The Killers’ summer plans may include a handful of summer music festivals, but don’t expect to see the full lineup at all those dates. On Tuesday (May 24), the band released a statement announcing that longtime bassist Mark Stoermer would no longer be joining the group on tour. While at first it sounds like Stoermer had left the Las Vegas four-piece, the group has reassured fans that it’s not a departure, but more of a hiatus.

In the press release the group sent exclusively to Alternative Nation, they explain that Stoermer is still very much involved with the band’s still-in-the-works fifth studio album. In addition to that they tease that fans shouldn’t be “surprised if you see him on stage from time to time.” Read the band’s statement below.

“Mark has decided to take a break from The Killers touring—but don’t be surprised if you see him on stage from time to time. Everyone supports Mark’s decision to take a break to pursue other educational goals and releasing a solo album. The four of us continue to work on our fifth studio album together, and we’re all excited about the new songs we’re writing. More to come…”

A few publications like NME and GigWise are speculating that American singer-songwriter Jake Blanton may replace Stoermer on tour. Blanton previously filled in for the bassist back in 2013 when Stoermer was unable to play the shows in the far east.

Bunbury Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

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Music festival season has officially begun. In the past couple of months, we have unveiled several music festivals’ lineup and now, we’ve added another one to the list. On Thursday (Feb. 25), Ohio’s Bunbury Music Festival announced its 2016 lineup. Artists heading to Cincinnati this June will include: The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch, Tears for Fears, HAIM, Grimes, Ice Cube, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Umphrey’s McGee, The Dear Hunter, The Mowgli’s, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Diarrhea Planet, and many more. The official flyer for the music festival, which includes all the artists for this year’s festivities, can be seen below.

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The Bunbury Music Festival will return to Cincinnati for its fifth incarnation during the weekend of June 3-5 along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. General admission and VIP passes are now on sale on the festival’s website.

Governors Ball 2016 Announces Daily Lineup

It’s been a little over a month since New York-based music festival, the Governors Ball, unveiled their 2016 lineup. Now, fans who have been waiting patiently for the daily lineup to be unveiled have gotten their long-awaited wish granted. On Thursday (Feb. 11), festival organizers unveiled the daily lineup for the weekend long festival.

The Strokes, Beck, Robyn, Of Monster and Men, Matt and Kim, the newly revamped Bloc Party, and more will kick off the weekend-long festivities on Friday, June 3. The Killers, Against Me!, Miguel, HAIM, M83, and others will headline on Saturday, June 4. On Sunday, June 5, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Two Door Cinema Club, Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal, and more will hit the stage closing out the 2016 edition of the yearly event.

In addition to the daily lineup, single-day passes are now available for purchase for the general public. For more information about the Governors Ball, head on over to the festival’s website. the complete list of daily lineup can be seen below. As a warning, just because the artists are listed in a specific order doesn’t necessarily mean that it how they will perform on said days.

The Governors Ball will once again return to its home turf of Randall’s Island for its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5.

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Governors Ball 2016 Lineup Unveiled

The Governors Ball just revealed the complete lineup for the 2016 incarnation of the annual event. On Friday morning (Jan. 8),the New York-based music festival unveiled the complete lineup for the three-day festival. Upon looking at the lineup, it would appear that two Governors Ball veteran performers will be returning to Randall’s Island in June.

The first veteran performer confirmed was Kanye West. The rapper’s last appearance at the festival was three years ago. West’s top-line billing comes hot on the heels of him releasing two new songs, “Real Friends” and “No More Parties” on Friday. The two new tracks will apparently be part of his G.O.O.D Fridays campaign which he recently relaunched.

Much like the rapper, New York’s own The Strokes will also return to the Governors Ball stage this year. The band have reportedly been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2013’s lukewarm-received album, Comedown Machine. The Strokes last played Gov Ball two years.

In a crazy, or maybe a major PR stunt, Beck will also headline the event. As most of us remember from last year’s Grammy’s, West’s encounter with Beck was not exactly a love affair, even if the rapper did apologize for his stunt. We assume all the backlash he received help that apology come materialize. Hopefully, the stunt will remain in 2015, like many other things.

Also slated to make the journey to New York that weekend will be The Killers, who are in the early stages of writing new material; M83, who will return after a two-year performance hiatus; Death Cab for Cutie; CHVRCHES; Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram); De La Soul; Against Me!; and many more. The official poster with all the artists can be seen below.

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Governors Ball will celebrate its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5. The three-day festival will once again return to its home of Randall’s Island Park. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are currently available on the festival’s website.

Brandon Flowers Talks About The Killers’ Future

If you were hoping for some new music from The Killers soon, then it appears you might be waiting a little bit longer. On Monday (Nov. 16), frontman Brandon Flowers performed a one-off show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire in support of his recently released album, The Desired Effect. While there, NME was able to sit down with the singer and ask him a couple of questions including whether a new album from The Killers will be on the horizon.

“We’re writing – we’re in the early stages,” begins Flowers. “When you get older you get more accustomed to doing it and it gets harder in a way. It’s easier to write a song and finish a song now, than when we used to really slave over it and the songs would be too long or we don’t know exactly what we’re doing.”

Previously, Flowers had spoken out about how he wasn’t completely happy with the final product that became the band’s last studio album, 2012’s Battle Born. “Everybody wasn’t on board last time. I’m not going to say any names, but we just weren’t 100% for whatever reason. People go through life and all have different experiences and I think if we can just get on the same page and really apply what we’ve learnt from over a 1,000 shows now and playing clubs and stadiums and all of that and really apply what we’ve learnt over the years that’s what I’m excited about.”

But even though the band is currently in the process of writing the material, it doesn’t mean that they have a set timeline for the new album. “In a perfect world I think the end of 2016 maybe, there’ll be something,” said Flowers.

To read the full interview, head on over to NME.