haven't forgotten Nevada ties
PROVIDED TO THE RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
The Killers May 28 show at MontBleu was just rescheduled for Sept.
21. Hang onto your tickets.
Editor's note:On Thursday it was announced this show is postponed to
Sept. 21 due to previous illness in the band. Original tickets
honored or refunded at point of purchase. Details: 800-648-3353.
Recent years for The Killers have been a blur. The Vegas rockers
have toured the world, sold more than 5 million copies of its debut
album, "Hot Fuss," and is closing in on that same mark for its 2006
album "Sam's Town." Much time has been spent away, but some upcoming
shows will bring the band closer to home, including their May 28
stop at MontBleu and the June 1 show in Las Vegas.
With all those albums sold, and people singing along to their hits
"Mr. Brightside" and "Read My Mind," they're heroes in Vegas and a
lot of other places now, but that wasn't always the case, drummer
Ronnie Vannucci said in an interview.
"They tried a fair amount of BS articles, like in the very
beginning," Vannucci said of some instances in the Vegas media.
"Like, 'sure the U.K. loves them, but Vegas?'"
But the band has earned respect at home, and they're glad to play up
Vegas in their music and imagery. "Sam's Town" is named after a
casino and the album cover features a bighorn sheep and a possible
prostitute in a nod to Nevada. The album was even made in the Palms
casino recording studio. Vannucci said there was no intention to
make a particularly Vegas album.
"It was never any type of concerted effort where we tried to have
some type of game show or theme song," he said. "It was kind of
after the fact. We made the record at home because we hadn't been
home for a couple of years."
Working with producers Flood and Alan Moulder (who had worked as a
team with U2 and Smashing Pumpkins), The Killers made an album that
sounds sonically on a grander scale than the new-wave pop sound of
the first album. Singer Brandon Flowers thematically ties together
songs about longing for the way things used to be, even if he hadn't
experienced some of those ways firsthand, in songs like "When You
Were Young," "For Reasons Unknown" and "Read My Mind."
Some reviewers likened the new album to more of a grand U2 sound, or
the heartfelt grit of Bruce Springsteen -- both great leaps in style
when considering a lot of writers compared The Killers to such bands
as Duran Duran upon the arrival of "Hot Fuss" in 2004.
Part of the bigger sound of "Sam's Town" came from The Killers
pulling out all the stops when making the album, explaining that the
band used 70 tracks in recording, whereas do-it-yourselfer indie
musicians often record with just four or eight.
"Alan and Flood wanted to put the brakes on a lot of times,"
But at the same time, the producers pulled something out of the band
that otherwise might not have surfaced.
Singer Brandon Flowers related a story from the recording in the
"We could see them through the glass in the control room, and I
could tell that Alan was upset," Flowers said. "I heard Alan say
'We're trying to make 'Peggy Sue' into 'With or Without You.' ''
That was a real blow to me, because he was basically saying my
lyrics weren't good enough to match the production."
Flowers re-wrote the lyrics and the melody, and "Read My Mind" was
"It's the best song we've ever written," Flowers said.
While the success of the new album has allowed The Killers to tour
extensively, the band hasn't played Reno since 2004 at the New
Oasis, just prior to the release of "Hot Fuss." It could be
attributed to heavy demand worldwide, or perhaps bigger commitments
to grooming of the band's collective facial hair. But Vannucci
admits that, although he played in Reno while he was in other bands
and even entertained the idea of pursuing a medical degree at the
University of Nevada, Reno, The Killers have no particular affinity
to the Reno-Tahoe area.
"I don't think we feel any allegiance to Reno because we're from
Vegas," Vannucci explained. "If we're talking proximity, it's like
an eight-hour drive, and L.A.'s a lot closer. Not to really discount
Reno so much, but other towns have kinda taken precedence."
Fans seem to have taken the homestate show appreciatively. Even at a
whopping $70 a ticket, it's nearly sold out.