ROCK BAND DROP JODI SONG FROM NEW ALBUM
Exclusive Killers back down on death ballad
- ROCK stars The Killers have dropped a controversial song about murdered schoolgirl Jodi Jones from their new album.
- The American band's lead singer Brandon Flowers, 25, wrote Where Is She? after watching a TV news report about the 14-yearold's murder while on tour in Scotland. But he was later forced to make a public apology to Jodi's family.
- The singer caused outrage after describing Jodi's death in graphic detail during an interview with music mag NME last year.
- Flowers, a Mormon, said: "This teenage kid asked his girlfriend to come to his house and he was waiting in the woods on the way to his house.
- "It was dark and he just brought her in there and cut her up."
- The track was written from the perspective of Jodi's mum Judy, addressing her killer Luke Mitchell.
- The band showcased it at gigs last year and planned to include it on the follow-up to hit album Hot Fuss. But they yesterday confirmed they had not recorded the song for the album, due out in September.
- A spokesman for The Killers said: "The band have decided they don't want to make any further comment about it."
- But a source close to the group said: "They never intended to hurt anyone's feelings and Brandon was really upset when people reacted badly.
- "They have also made a conscious decision not to play it at concerts in the UK, especially in Scotland."
- Mitchell, 17, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 20 years for killing Jodi near her home in Dalkeith, Midothian.
- Her mum Judy has never spoken of her feelings about the song.
- But a source close to the family said last night: "The family have never liked it when people appear to be making mileage from the death of Jodi, because she would have disliked it."