Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Killers' Driving Force; A 2018 Tour to Follow from 2017 AFL Grand Final Gig

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Killers' Driving Force; A 2018 Tour to Follow from 2017 AFL Grand Final Gig

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Byline: Cameron Adams

THOSE Brandon Flowers solo albums?

Turns out the Killers' frontman wasn't doing them to stretch his creative wings -- and stroke his ego -- outside the band he formed in Las Vegas in 2001.

Flowers' first solo record, 2010's Flamingo, followed the Killers' first three albums released in a hectic five-year whirlwind that saw them relentlessly tour a string of hits including Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, Smile Like You Mean It, All These Things That I've Done, When You Were Young, Read My Mind, Human, Spaceman and even a b-sides and covers album around the world.

While Flowers wanted to keep the band going, bassist Mark Stoermer was already tiring of touring. Enter Flowers' solo project.

The second Flowers solo record, 2015's The Desired Effect, followed a Killers' stop-gap singles compilation Direct Hits in 2013.

Flowers admits his solo career was designed to give his bandmates a break from touring, despite the fact the Killers is still one of the few bands of its era that can headline festivals or play huge arena shows.

"That was the initial idea," Flowers says.

"It still wasn't enough for them, obviously. If you look at it from that perspective, it's a little frustrating, obviously, but we've got to respect everybody's wants and needs. We're figuring out how to navigate it."

Come the fifth Killers album Wonderful Wonderful, guitarist Dave Keuning may be in the band photos but he's joined Stoermer in only being a Killer in the studio, not on the road.

"It is strange," Flowers admits. "I can't think of a band that's done anything like that. It's not like there's a handbook on how to deal with this but we're doing our best. The first test was with Mark. He stopped touring with us and it ended up being a blessing for the band. He was much more eager to go to the studio. …

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