"Bones" video directed by Tim Burton
NEW YORK — By their
own admission, the Killers took their sweet old time making their
sophomore album, Sam's Town. The same cannot be said, however, for
their approach to making music videos.
Because less than a month after they traipsed down to Mexico with
director Anthony Mandler (Eminem, 50 Cent) to shoot an epic clip for
"When You Were Young" (see "Killers Shoot Video For All-American
Single — In Mexico"), the Killers decided to shoot another video,
this one for the song "Bones." And they called in the big guns too,
scoring noted goth auteur Tim Burton to direct it.
"We were just kicking around ideas for the 'Bones' video, and we
thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if Tim Burton could shoot this?' We
reached out to his people and he came back and said he wanted to
work with us, which was amazing," bassist Mark Stoermer told MTV
News. "We've shot all our parts and now the video is being worked
on. It's going to have computer graphics and models ... we're not
really sure how it's going to turn out. Usually we go over the
treatment with a fine-toothed comb and have a lot of influence, but
this time we just let Tim do his thing."
Burton shot the Killers' performance on August 17-18 in Los Angeles,
and according to their label, Island Records, he and a team of
animators are now hard at work in London, creating an entire town
and cast of characters that inhabit it. While additional details are
scarce, the Killers say the clip features plenty of nods to Burton's
big-screen roots — including models, miniature sets and, of course,
skeletons — but with a decidedly Vegas twist.
"A lot of the models and sets are based on historic Las Vegas — on
things that aren't there anymore, like the Glass Pool Inn, this
really cool place that was torn down a few years ago that was down
at the south end of the Strip," drummer Ronnie Vannucci added. "But,
like Mark said, we don't really know 100 percent what it's going to
be like. We put our faith in Tim."
The "Bones" clip marks Burton's debut as a music-video director —
though he's sometimes confused with Mighty Mighty Bosstones sax
player Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton, who directed a pair of clips for
his band in the early '90s. And while there's still no word on just
when it will hit the airwaves, the Killers maintain that there's no
real hurry. After all, they've got a North American tour to focus on
first (see "Killers Take Flair For The Dramatic On North American
Theater Tour"), and as frontman Brandon Flowers puts it, they feel
like the clip is in good hands.
"It's Tim Burton. It's going to be great," he laughed. "There are
some skeletons, some darkness and some romance. What more could you
— James Montgomery, with additional reporting by Chris Harris and