The Killers treat fans to their latest single ‘Dying Breed’

With a week left until the release of their Killers’ sixth studio album, the group is back to give fans one final taste before the full-length is in our hands (or music playing device).

On Friday (Aug. 14), the Las Vegas-founded act unleashed another song from Imploding the Mirage. Titled “Dying Breed,” the four-minute track gives us what we have come to expect from the band; a slow and mellow start, which eventually gives way to their stadium-rock sound.

According to frontman Brandon Flowers, “Dying Breed” contains his “most romantic lyrics to date,” and that’s saying a lot since the band’s last studio album was mostly inspired by Flowers’ wife, Tana.

“I like the idea of where me and my wife have gotten to and where we headed,” Flowers tells NME.

“An overriding theme of this record is asking the question, ‘Can two become one?’ I know it’s old-fashioned, but it’s my life. It’s probably the prettiest or most romantic lyric I’ve ever written.”

He continues: “My favorite line on the record is ‘I’ll be there when water’s rising / I’ll be your lifeguard.’ I feel thankful for that. I want her to know that no matter what, I’m going to stay by her side and keep the promise.”

Listen to “Dying Breed” above.

“Dying Breed” will join previously released tracks “Caution,” “Fire in Bone,” and “My Own Soul’s Warning” on the upcoming album.

Imploding the Mirage is due out next Friday, Aug. 21. Pre-orders are still available for purchase on the band’s website.

The Killers return with ‘Fire in Bone’

“Fire in Bone” is the second single off The Killers’ upcoming sixth studio album, Imploding the Mirage. The new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

The group released the record’s lead single “Caution” back in March. Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is featured on the four-and-a-half-minute track.

The Killers confirm the release date for ‘Imploding the Mirage’ with new single, massive North American tour

Hold on tight to your chairs, guys, because the Killers have a slew of news that just may give you whiplash.

On Thursday (March 12), the Las Vegas-founded band officially confirmed the release date for their sixth studio album. Previously revealed to be titled Imploding the Mirage, the new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

But that’s not all.

The record will also include guest appearances by k.d. lang, Natalie Mering from Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel from War on Drugs, Lucius, and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham who happens to play on the album’s lead single, “Caution.”

Yes. You read that right.

The Killers not only confirmed their new album’s release date but have also dropped its lead single, which features a music legend. Listen to “Caution” above.

To coincide with the song’s release, frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci spoke with Zane Lowe about the inspiration behind the four-and-a-half-minute tune.

“It’s sort of about having the wherewithal to listen to that angel on your shoulder, even if they’re telling you something that you don’t want to hear,” Flowers reveals in the interview.

“And I think for me with this song was a lot about leaving Las Vegas. I was having this sort of hunch or impression that that was something that I was supposed to do for my family. … And so it was tough for me to leave, and I thought I was able to harness that energy, and there was a sort of…a relief when it happened, and you kind of feel that the spirit in ‘Caution,’ I feel like.”

So what is a band to do after confirming a record release date and unveiling its lead single? Well…announce a massive North American tour, of course! So stock up on hand sanitizers and disinfection wipes.

This summer, the Killers will hit the North American touring circuit for their Imploding the Mirage tour. The almost-four-month outing will find the group performing at venues in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (though there’s a quick trip to Australia in between).

Yup. Four months of nonstop shows across the continent.

The Imploding the Mirage North American trek begins on Aug. 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour concludes several months later on Dec. 4 at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Zapopan, Mexico.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will open for the Killers throughout the forthcoming tour.

IMPLODING THE MIRAGE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

8/18/20 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/19/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
8/21/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/22/20 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
8/23/20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
8/25/20 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
8/26/20 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
8/28/20 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/29/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
8/30/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
9/10/20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/11/20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
9/12/20 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/15/20 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/16/20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
9/18/20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
9/19/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
9/20/20 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
9/22/20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9/23/20 – Chicago, IL – United Center
9/25/20 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
9/26/20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/27/20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
9/29/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10/1/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/2/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/3/20 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
10/5/20 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/6/20 – University Park, PA – Petersen Events Center
10/9/20 – Cleveland, OH – rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
10/10/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

12/1/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/2/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/4/20 – Zapopan, MX – Estadio 3 de Marzo

The Killers to return with ‘Imploding the Mirage’ in 2020

The Killers’ 2020 is going to be (don’t hate us for this) killer.

On Friday (Nov. 15), the Las Vegas-founded band formally announced the release of their new studio effort. Titled Imploding the Mirage, the group’s sixth studio effort will reportedly see a release time frame of spring 2020.

Taking to social media, the four-piece made the formal announcement.

Things began to unravel during the early morning hours when the band posted a message which read “People of Earth.” Considering one of their massive hits is called “Spaceman,” it was a bit of a headscratcher at first.

Several hours after that post, the Killers returned to reveal not only the album’s title but a United Kingdom / Ireland-centric tour for spring 2020.

Fans who pre-order the album by Nov. 19 (at 4 p.m.) will have early access to pre-sale tickets.

Not a bad deal if you live in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Because all the new album information and tour details weren’t enough, the band left one last set of breadcrumbs for their followers.

“Future musical teasing imminent,” the quartet posted.

Leave it to the Killers to get formal with their new music teasing.

The confirmation of a new record isn’t that much of a surprise. Back in October, the band had posted a list of potential song titles on Instagram. Working titles included “Blowback,” “Party People,” “Spirit of Mystery,” and more.

Imploding the Mirage is the follow-up to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful.

Earlier this year, the group unleashed their politically charged song “Land of the Free.”

Next weekend, the Killers will take over Fort Lauderdale Beach for the 2019 incarnation of 104.3 the Shark’s Riptide Music Festival. The Killers join The 1975, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottleman, and more on the bill.

The Killers, The 1975 to headline Riptide Music Festival 2019

Hold onto your surfboards Chum Club; 104.3 The Shark has announced the long-awaited lineup for the 2019 incarnation of their Riptide Music Festival. On Monday (Aug. 9), the South Florida-based radio station unveiled their rock and indie-centric lineup for the annual event.

Headlining the fall time festival will be The Killers and The 1975. Rounding out the roster will be The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottleman, K. Flay, Barns Courtney, SHAED, Reel Big Fish, Mogxn, Switchfoot, New Politics, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, The Band Camino, and many more.

The listing comes weeks after the radio station announced the return of their annual festivities. As with previous years, the station uploaded videos of crocheted versions of the musical acts, and let the listeners guess who will take the sandy stage in late-November.

Riptide returns to its longtime home of Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day event will take place during the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

Chum Club tickets have officially been classified as sold out, and early-bird tickets go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. local time.

With an epic lineup like this, it looks like it may be wise to get your tickets as soon as possible.

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The Killers drop politically charged song ‘Land of the Free’

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UPDATE – Jan. 14, 2019 (5:15 p.m. ET):

Just a few hours after unleashing the audio for their new, politically-charged song “Land of the Free,” the Killers have unleashed the music video for the new track.

Watch the almost-five-minute, Spike Lee-directed clip below.

ORIGINAL – Jan. 14, 2019 (1:32 p.m. ET):

When you think of politically outspoken bands, your thoughts may go to some famous acts like Rage Against the Machine, Anti-Flag, and Green Day. Well, it looks like you can now officially add the Killers to that list because the four-piece just released a new, politically-inspired song. On Monday (Jan. 14), the Las Vegas-founded group released their first new song in over a year, “Land of the Free.”

The track comes a day after the quartet took to social media to announce plans to release “something new” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Monday.

While speaking with listeners, frontman Brandon Flowers explains what inspired the band’s new surprise song.

“I think it’s a very important time right now and enough was enough is basically where it comes from,” Flowers begins.

“It started in my mind around when Sandy Hook happened and as a father how that affected me. And then it just started stacking up. It was things like Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. Things like what’s happening at the wall. You know, this stuff just didn’t seem to be in harmony with the values I believe my country was founded on.

He continues: “I would start the song and then put it away and say ‘I’m not the guy to do this.’ You know, ‘I feel inadequate.’ You know, waiting for somebody to write this song. And then, it just piled up and I finally just…Las Vegas…Orlando…Parkland it just kept coming, it was like ‘I have to get this out.'”

Listen to “Land of the Free” here.

“Land of the Free” was recorded at the band’s Battle Born Studios and was produced by Jacknife Lee with additional gospel vocals by (vocal co-arranger) Lynn Mabry, Dorian Holley, Will Wheaton, Sherree Patrice Brown, Akasha Mabry and the Killers’ touring vocalists Amanda Brown, Danielle René Withers, and Erica Canales.

“Land of the Free” is a standalone single, but it does not mean that the band is not working on new music. In the same interview, Flowers revealed that the group may release some new music as early as late-2019/early-2020.

“In a perfect world, I could see the end of the year having something, but it’s probably more likely that it would be early 2020.”

The Killers’ last studio album was 2017’s Wonderful, Wonderful.

Muse, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots to headline iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert

Muse, Twenty One Pilots, and the Killers are just some of the rock bands that will make their way to California in early 2019 for iHeartRadio’s second annual ALTer Ego concert. On Monday (Oct. 1), the media giant confirmed the lineup for their alternative music-centric show. Joining Twenty One Pilots, Muse and the Killers on the newly announced roster will be Weezer, Rise Against, Bishop Briggs, and the Revivalists.

According to a press release, the event will broadcast live across over 70 alternative and rock iHeartRadio stations, giving listeners who couldn’t make it the show the opportunity to hear some of rock’s biggest artists live.

“This has become alternative music’s biggest night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Millions of fans will be listening and watching this incredible lineup performing on stage at the Forum.”

“This will be one of the strongest alternative performance lineups to ever appear on one stage,” mirrors Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia.

“It’s such a strong lineup that it’s impossible to refer to any one of these incredible artists as the headliner – in fact, several of the performers have told us that it’s a show they would want to go to even if they weren’t already on the bill.”

Those who would like to attend the event will be given a special 24-hour, pre-sale offer courtesy of Los Angeles alternative radio station, ALT 98.7. ALT 98.7’s pre-sale will begin this Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. PST and conclude this Friday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. PST. General ticket sales will then begin on Friday at 10 a.m.

iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert will take place on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

ALTer Ego joins a lengthy list of iHeartRadio concert series including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball concert tour, the newly launched iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T, and the iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T.

The Killers to release career-spanning box set

For kids raised in the 2000s, it’s hard to believe that it has almost been 15 years since “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” were constantly blasting from our MP3 players and on a constant loop on our favorite music channels (FUSE and MTV2 anyone?). With such a lengthy discography since the days of us screaming the lyrics to both songs, it’s not at all surprising to see why the Killers have decided that it’s time to release a career-spanning box set on vinyl.

On Friday (April 20), the Las Vegas-founded band took to social media to announce the massive release. On Instagram, they post a short video with the names of all their album in neon lights while the caption simply reads, “It’s all here on wax in one fabulous box.”

The collection will include all five of the Killers’ records including 2004’s Hot Fuss, 2006’s Sam’s Town, 2008’s Day & Age, 2012’s Battle Born, and the recently released Wonderful, Wonderful. The release will also include 2007’s Sawdust (the band’s collection of B-sides, covers, and remixes) as well as Live from the Royal Albert Hall, a two-disc LP which was recorded during their show at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2009.

The massive box set is scheduled to be released on June 15 through Island Records. Pre-orders are currently available on the band’s website.

Lady Gaga, The Killers, Coldplay to cover Elton John for new tribute albums

 

Elton John may be saying farewell to his own yellow brick road with a massive final world tour, but don’t think that’s the only thing the iconic performer is giving fans before his final curtain call. On Thursday (March 15), it was announced that John will be releasing a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his iconic tunes. The records, which have been titled Revamp and Restoration, will feature artists from the pop, rock, and country genres of music putting their own spin on some of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits.

Revamp will feature a collection of predominately pop and rock artists covering some of John’s hits such “Tiny Dancer” (Florence + the Machine), “Candle in the Wind” (Ed Sheeran), “Your Song” (Lady Gaga), “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (The Killers), and many more.

In a press statement, John reveals that he created a list of artists that he wanted to commission to work on the Revamp side of the double disc.

“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

As for Restoration, the second album, John explains that it was all about Taupin and what he wanted.

“God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible. Restoration was Bernie [Taupin]’s project and he’s a huge country fan. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers, both new and legendary.”

Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature all country music artists. The record will bring together some of the newer faces of country alongside some classic country musicians. Current stars like Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves will join the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash on the record.

For many of the artists featured on the records, this will not be their first time working with John and Taupin. Back in January, musicians including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Lady Gaga took part in CBS’ special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute. The show was put together by the Recording Academy to honor both John and Taupin for their contribution to the music world.

Revamp and Restoration currently has a tentative release date of April 6.

The covers album comes a few months after John announced his final massive outing for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The multi-year, 300-show excursion will kick off this fall after he wraps up his Las Vegas residency.

For now, the complete tracklisting for both Revamp and Restoration can be seen below.

Revamp Tracklisting:
1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age

Restoration Tracklisting:
1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson