30 things you never knew about The Killers

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30 things you never knew about The Killers

Monday November 24 saw the release The Killers' third album 'Day & Age'. Many of the songs on the album received their UK debut during a show at London's Royal Albert Hall (November 3). Audience members included Paul McCartney, who danced along throughout the show, and Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who took in the gig from a private box.

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30 things you never knew about The Killers

Killers tribute band The Fillers charge a minimum fee of £1,300 per performance. At one of their recent gigs, at Jagz nightclub in Ascot, Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci turned up unannounced - and proceeded to jump on stage to play drums on 'All These Things That I've Done'. Photo: Pamela Littky

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Brandon Flowers first wore make-up at the age of 15 - at a Cure concert. â

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"I got soul, but I'm not a soldier" - the refrain from The Killers 'All These Things That I've Done' - has been incorporated into live performances by Bono, Robbie Williams and Coldplay's Chris Martin. The line has attracted mockery from comedian Bill Bailey, who points out that it doesn't make much sense: "You might as well sing, 'I've got ham but I'm not a hamster'." Photo: PA Photos

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The Killers have come under fire for the lyrics to current single 'Human' ("Are we human or are we dancer?"), which many critics have found baffling. According to Flowers, the line was inspired by 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' author Hunter S Thompson, who once voiced a fear that America was "raising a generation of dancers". Flowers explains, enigmatically: â

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Brandon Flowers' dad was an alcoholic until Flowers was five - before converting to Mormonism overnight after a religious epiphany. Flowers is the youngest of six children. Photo: PA Photos

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The Killers' Glastonbury 2007 headline performance was plagued by sound problems, which left the band furious with festival organisers. "We could tell it was vastly underpowered," explains Dave Keuning. "It could have been better in that respect. We were a little bit gutted. You have so many thousand people, you should be able to send them home after hearing a pulverizing sound, and that wasn't the case. It was disappointing."

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In the 'Human' video Brandon Flowers wears a distinctive black tuxedo with feathery epaulettes. The outfit was designed by Fee Doran, who was also responsible for Kylieâ

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The woman on the front cover of 'Sam's Town' is in fact singer-songwriter Felica LaZae, who is also from Las Vegas. The album photo was shot by Anton Corbijn, the photographer responsible for the iconic imagery of U2's 'The Joshua Tree'.

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Brandon has many phobias, including flying, mortality and the number 621. He goes to a weekly therapist session, and has the session played back to him on every plane journey he takes. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Killers founder members Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning (pictured) bonded over their love of Oasis. The first thing Dave noticed about Brandon was his smart footwear. â

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'Uncle Jonny', a track on 'Sam's Town', is about Brandonâ

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Brandon Flowers is the shortest member of the group at 5â

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The name The Killers was inspired by the 2001 New Order video for 'Crystal'. In the video, a band pretending to be New Order had the name The Killers emblazoned on their drumkit. Brandon Flowers, a huge New Order fan, decided to use it himself. Flowers later joined New Order as guest vocalist on the song at T In The Park 2005. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Amusingly, Brandon Flowers also happens to be the name of a California-based flower delivery company. See www.brandonflowers.ca. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Before forming The Killers Brandon Flowers worked as a waiter. He once found himself serving a mushroom pizza to his hero Morrissey, and took the opportunity to express his adoration for the former Smiths man. Cruelly, Morrissey ignored him. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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The Killers have a pre-show ritual, affectionately called "The Cuddle." Brandon Flowers explains: "We all join together in a circle before we go onstage. Even our feet touch. It's kind of like a soccer coach talking to the kids." Photo: Andy Fallon

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Brandon Flowers is a frustrated golfer. â

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Every band member played in other groups prior to forming The Killers. Brandon was in a synth-pop act called Blush Response, but left when the rest of the band moved to LA. Dave used to be in Christian band, Pickle, when living in Iowa. Ronnie was in various bands, including Romance Fantasy, which also featured Michael Valentine, later immortalised in the 'Sawdust' track, 'The Ballad of Michael Valentine'. Mark Stoermer (pictured) was in a band called The Negative Ponies. Photo: Andy Fallon

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Brandon Flowers' once met Sir Paul McCartney under bizarre circumstances. The Killers frontman was stunned into silence upon finding the former Beatle wearing an unusual disguise: "We were waylaid in the corridor by someone on the way back to the dressing room [at London's Royal Albert Hall] - it was Paul McCartney and he was wearing an Alice Cooper mask. He was dancing around and then he took it off and introduced himself." Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Killers are no strangers to natural disasters. While recording 'Believe Me Natalie', drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr was knocked off his stool by an earthquake. When recording 'Change Your Mind', they were nearly engulfed in brush fires. Photo: Andy Wiilsher

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Brandon Flowers was fat until the age of 15, and even today has to be careful what he eats. "I still love food," he explains. "I have an addictive personality. You grow up looking at Iggy Pop and Morrissey, so I guess it gives me a complex. Itâ

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Brandon Flowers and guitarist Dave Koening wrote 'Mr Brightside' in their very first rehearsal. "[Brandon] came over with his keyboard and we started going through song ideas straight away," recalls Koening. "I had the verse to 'Mr Brightside' and he went away and wrote the chorus. That was the first song we wrote together and remains the only song that we've played at every single Killers show." Photo: Andy Willsher

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Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci has a degree in classical percussion from the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). His first drumkit was actually a present from his parents who had bought it from a heroin addict. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Before settling on The Killers, the band thought about calling themselves The Genius Sex Poets. Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that this name is scrawled on the drum kit in the American video for 'Mr Brightside'. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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The only celebrity name that Brandon claims to have in his phonebook, obviously apart from the other Killers, is Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand. Photo: Pamela Littky

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The Killers have a lesser-known fifth member. Ted Sabley, guitarist for Attaboy Skip and bassist for Expert For October (two of Ronnie's previous bands), was the bassist Ronnie wanted to recruit for the group before Mark turned up. However, he now still tours with The Killers playing backup instruments (primarily synthesizer). Photo: Pamela Littky

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Killers bassist Mark Stoermer is a gifted trumpet player. He played in his school jazz ensemble, and later in the University Of Nevada marching band. Interestingly, another famous musician who played in a marching band as a teenager is Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. Photo: Pamela Littky

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Killers guitarist David Keuning used to go by the stage name â

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Brandon Flowers is the shortest member of the group at 5'11. He's dwarved by the other members of the band: guitarist Dave Keuning and drummer Ronnie Vannucci are both 6'2, while bassist Mark Stoermer is a lofty 6'5. Photo: Andy Willsher

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