Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

No Shrinking Violet: Killers Front Man Brandon Flowers Kinda Likes the Gay Rumors but Has Yet to Seal the Deal with Rufus

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

No Shrinking Violet: Killers Front Man Brandon Flowers Kinda Likes the Gay Rumors but Has Yet to Seal the Deal with Rufus

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SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT, because the Killers are on the attack with their third proper album, Day & Age, which drops November 25. Singer Brandon Flowers has been a gay-fan favorite since the 2004 release of his Las Vegas-based band's Grammy-nominated debut, Hot Fuss. Four years later, the 27-year-old is back in bloom with a fresher face and fiercer fashions. We picked the dad's brain about his queer heroes, beard clippings, and an odd trip to The O.C.

Not to sound like an obscene phone call, but where are you, and what are you wearing? I'm driving through Las Vegas on my way to a rehearsal. My daily garments are kind of boring, but Polo makes these custom-fit shirts that I'm a fan of. My dream would be to dress like a Polo ad every day.

Fashionably speaking, are you returning to your glam roots for the new album? It's a little wilder. There's a woman who goes by Mrs. Jones--she does stuff for Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sisters--and we reached out to her to make some stuff for us. She's made me two jackets with fur sleeves.

Do you think you alienated any gay fans with Sam's Town, your 2006 follow-up to Hot Fuss? I hope not. It did go a little more in a rock direction, but it was still us. I feel like we make music for everybody.

What about the facial hair you rocked for that record? I thought you guys liked that stuff! Although we do go have dinner with Elton [John] whenever he's in town, and every time he would say, "You haven't shaved that off yet?" I felt more comfortable with facial hair; it's almost like a mask. Whenever I shave, I save the hair. I've got it in a bag, and I'm planning to send it with the new album to [Pet Shop Boys singer] Neil Tennant.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Who's the most influential gay person in your life? Whether I knew it or not, or found out later, the music that I grew up on tended to be made by gay men.

Growing up Mormon, you were probably sheltered from gay people. Do you remember your first encounter? I remember two women were kissing on a blanket while we were at the park, and my mom kind of rushed us away because she didn't want us to see it. But I don't think it affected me either way.

Androgyny in your style and song lyrics had blogs buzzing that you might be gay. …

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