The Killers reveal Christmas single tradition came from turning down Bono’s Gap advert offer

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The band have been releasing an annual festive song for the last nine years for Red charity

The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed that the band’s festive charity single tradition initially began because the band turned down an offer from Bono to do a Gap advert.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Flowers revealed that the inaugural 2006 single was an idea to appease the U2 frontman.

“It really started from being asked to do the Red campaign,” began Flowers, referencing the Aids charity that the tracks raise money for each year. “Bono asked if I wanted to do a Gap ad. And at the time I was feeling too cool to do a Gap ad, I guess. I’d probably do the ad now. December 1 was Aids Day, so I said, ‘Instead of doing the Gap ad, why don’t we give you a Christmas song?’ And it’s become a tradition now.”

The Killers’ first Christmas song for Red was ‘A Great Big Sled’ in 2006, while this year saw the band release ‘Joel The Lump Of Coal’ – written alongside US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Speaking about the collaboration, Flowers said that it came about from trying to get Kimmel to “connect [them]” with Huey Lewis after watching Lewis-soundtracked film Back To The Future. “Jimmy came back and said, ‘How about we write a song together?’ and somehow along the way, Huey lost his involvement”.

Elsewhere in the cover feature, Flowers opened up about The Killers’ lack of drive, explaining his frustrations that the Las Vegas band aren’t bigger. Admitting that he was annoyed the band aren’t as big as U2, he stated, “It is frustrating. People actually talk about how they don’t feel like they’re adequate, and it’s a big band. I don’t feel like that – I feel like I can do it.”

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