Truth About The Killersí Cancelled US Shows
the Q Daily
The Killersí frontman
Brandon Flowers walked offstage during a concert at Red Rocks,
Denver - and then cancelled the band's next two shows - after
complaining of a throat infection. The Killers have had to
rescheduled gigs in Denver, Seattle and Los Angelesí KROQ Weenie
Roast in September.
The trouble started during The Killer's 17 May performance at Red
Rocks when Flowers abruptly left the stage after just three songs.
The band followed shortly afterward. Ten minutes later, drummer
Ronnie Vanucci returned to tell the 9,500 capacity crowd: "We're
coming back to make this up tenfold for you."
The band later issued a statement that Flowers was suffering from
bronchitis. The Killers tour doctor Dr Buzz Rentman told Q: "He's
been singing in hot climates. We came here and it suddenly got cold.
His voice just closed down. There was no way to predict it."
Websites speculated whether Flowers was the suffering from Epstein
Barr virus, a member of the herpes family of human viruses that
causes infectious mononucleosis. Symptoms include fever, sore
throat, and swollen lymph glands.
"I get sick a lot," Flowers said in an interview earlier this year.
"I have what's called Epstein-Barr. It's like a disease, but it's
not. I have a real weak immune system. If somebody sneezes, it's
over. I get it. It makes me real weak sometimes, too,"
When Q met with Flowers before the Denver show the singer was in
desultory mood, complaining of tiredness. He also grumbled about the
largely negative US reaction to The Killers recent album, Sam's
"The album has been ripped to shreds so much in America, " he said.
"I said I was into Bruce Springsteen and now people think we are
trying to be Bruce Springsteen. This fucking pisses people off! I
don't why. In America, people are upset about it. I just want to
make the next album and not mention what is in my CD player."
He also expressed admiration for musicís second biggest Bruce
Springsteen fans: Arcade Fire.
"I think the Arcade Fire's second album [Neon Bible} said everything
I wanted to.
They put me down. They said it. I lack the vocabulary."
Flowers also reacted to the news that openly gay singer Rufus
Wainwright had sung that he "tasted of potato chips in the morning"
in a song from his new album Release The Stars.
"That is a fantasy," laughed Flowers. "I am honoured I guess. My
wife would know more about that than Rufus." - Andrew