THE KILLERS: ALWAYS
LOOK ON THE MR BRIGHTSIDE OF LIFE
Killers love limelight after early gig was in front of just four
By John Dingwall
THE Killers say they won't take fame for granted after playing to
just FOUR fans at an early gig in their home town of Las Vegas.
The band, who formed in 2002, earned their stripes the hard way by
playing pubs and clubs back in Sam's town.
So they will savour every moment when they headline the main stage
tomorrow night and unleash a string of hits, including Mr
Bassist Mark Stoermer (below, second left) recalls: "We played to
four people when we started out so this is a far cry from those
days. Back then, the crowd was a couple of pals and a record company
guy, plus somebody on the sound desk.
"But we kept going. In Vegas, we built a decent following and
eventually would draw 100 or 200 people, which was good because
Vegas doesn't really have a music scene.
"So headlining festivals like T in the Park is still exciting for
us. Scotland in general has one of the best crowds in the world.
They always go mad, which makes for a great show.
"I remember our first T in the Park. I got to watch PJ Harvey from
the side of the stage and am a huge fan of hers. It was one of the
first festivals I've ever been to so it was really exciting."
The Killers have promised a spectacular show to close out the main
"If we weren't the headliners, we'd probably go on with the minimal
stage set-up and play a60-minute set," Mark admitted.
"It will be similar to Glastonbury where we'll have a backdrop in
addition to everything we had on our UK tours.
"We're aware of the bands playing on our stage. Razor light and
Arcade Fire are two of the best acts out right now so it's an honour.
"As headliners, we'll play everything we've got and do the whole
show with extra bells and whistles."
Mark, charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning
and drummer Ronnie Vannuci will have plenty of favourites to draw
But bass player Mark insists it was only when he joined the band
that things really started to come together.
He said: "Dave and Brandon were playing with two other guys for a
couple of months.
"I was a fan of the band and would go to their shows. Then I got a
hold of a demo which had an early version of Brightside and I
thought it was excellent. The only problem was their rhythm section
wasn't very good.
"I thought if I was in this band I could make it better. Then one
day Dave called and said they had fired the bass player and drummer
and got Ronnie.
"I joined up and we became a complete band and started writing Hot
Fuss together. Brandon has developed and is even better now than he
was on the Hot Fuss tour."
'Headlining festivals is still exciting for us. Scotland has one of
the best crowds and they always go mad which makes for a great