Where are The Killers from and how did they meet?

21 June 2021, 19:09

The Killers in a press shot from 2004: Ronnie Vannuci Jr, Dave Keuning, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer
The Killers in a press shot from 2004: Ronnie Vannuci Jr, Dave Keuning, Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer. Picture: Jim Cooper/AP/Shutterstock

Brandon Flowers has explained about how the Las Vegas rockers came together from a "classified ad".

The Killers are one of the most successful bands to come out of the noughties, but how did they actually meet?

While most of their contemporaries met at college, or through social media, it seems we have the we have noble advert at the back of a magazine to thank for the Las Vegas rockers' existence.

As Brandon Flowers recalled to Seth Myers in 2018: "It sounds old fashioned. Like, where did you get your instruments, at the five and dime? But that was in this century. It wasn't that long ago. Things have progressed so fast."

He continued: "There were these two, three weekly magazines in Vegas and at the back of them on each one there was a classified section and I would kinda scour through."

Brandon Flowers onstage at The Killers' breakthrough set at Glastonbury 2004
Brandon Flowers onstage at The Killers' breakthrough set at Glastonbury 2004. Picture: GettyMick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images

"At the end of each ad they would put what influences you had. And so I would just look at the band names, look at the band names

"And there was a lot of new metal and a lot of stuff who I didn't affiliate myself with. And then I saw The Beatles, I saw Smashing Pumpkins and Oasis and I thought: 'that's close enough for me'.

"And that is how I met our guitar player Dave Keuning."

Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers performing with The Killers at the CMJ Music Marathon October 2003
Dave Keuning and Brandon Flowers performing with The Killers at the CMJ Music Marathon October 2003. Picture: Frank Mullen/WireImage/Getty

When the pair did finally meet, they began recording tracks in The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada with drummer Matt Norcross- who they'd recently recruited.

There they recorded two tracks. One included was a little known song called Mr. Brightside- the first Flowers and Keuning wrote together.

Keuning's roomate Dell Neal went on to join them on bass and the band began played their first shows at cafe's and open mic nights.

By 2002 Mat Norcross hat been sacked by the band, while Neal later left the band due to personal reasons.

Ronnie Vannucci Jr. - who'd been known for drumming in various bands around Vegas - joined the band after meeting them in 2002, playing his first show at The Junkyard.

On the same night Mark Stoermer played bass for the band, despite being the lead guitarist in local band The Negative Ponies.

After much convincing, the band got Stoermer permanently board in late 2002, and the rest as they say is history.

Where Did The Killers Get Their Name From?

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