Muziek.nl Interview June 8,2009
is rare to see Brandon Flowers as happy as he was at Pink pop. Not
even during the show by his band The Killers. No, perhaps the finest
moment in the life of the singer arrived several hours later.
Together with Bruce Springsteen and his legendary E Street Band, he
sang "Thunder Road". So special, that the US media reported on it
Months before then, many people agreed that The Killers would be
good headliners for Pinkpop. Initially it was thought that the band
would close out Monday's concert. This interview with Mark Stoermer
took place just before the action at Pinkpop.
Mark is asked about how the billing with Springsteen came about.
I don't know the exact story. We were approached to play another
day, but I don't know what day. Then we said if we don't headline,
the only spot we want is to open for Bruce.
How important is Bruce Springsteen for The Killers?
That man is a legend. We are all big fans. Although Brandon is
without a doubt the greatest fan in the band. To be honest, it's not
often we have a band playing after us. We're the headliners at most
festivals. At the same time, this was an opportunity that rarely
When it was announced that Bruce Springsteen would play at
Pinkpop, there were a lot of comments saying he is too old for such
a festival and that only old people listen to his music. Do you
No. Bruce Springsteen transcends all age groups. He is without a
doubt one of the greatest artists in music history.
If we are to believe Brandon, The Killers will soon be thought of
the same way. He leaves no opportunity unused to say that The
Killers are the greatest band in the world. What do you think?
We have come a long way and I ma extremely proud of what we have
achieved. Now it's important that we maintain a certain level of
quality. And get better as songwriters. There is still growth
potential. We could become even more popular, but if that doesn't
happen, it's not the end of the world. Personally, I find it more
important to continue to deliver quality and not disappoint the
fans. That's hard. When our second album "Sam's Town" was released,
we lost many fans. On the other hand, we reached a whole new
audience. Hopefully in the future we'll gain more fans than we lose
A wider audience will also bring more pressure.
It wouldn't bother me because the greatest pressure comes form
ourselves. This has been since the start of the band, before we had
a record deal. We played in a garage and wanted to play the best
possible music. It's no different now. OK, there's more pressure
from outside, but we're still our own biggest critics.
As the biggest critic, how is the band in recent years?
From the beginning we were very good at writing songs, but we've
come very far. Compared with the early days, it's like a different
band onstage now. We feel more at ease and have become better
You've done a club tour and now festivals. Which is better?
Festivals are a greater challenge than our sown show. The crowd
isn't there just to see you. Most people know only a few or song or
none at all. Those people you have to win over. If you're on a club
tour, you're in your own safe world. Festivals get you out of your
element and get you more grounded. It's more of the real world.
Thanks to Sam for the