Brandon Flowers welcomed special guest Bernard Sumner onstage at his Manchester show on Sunday night (May 24).
The Killers frontman headlined Manchester Academy in support of his new solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ (which beat Paul Weller to the top of the UK Albums Chart over the weekend). Flowers invited Sumner to perform New Order‘s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ at the show, preceding the team-up with a brief speech about how he first discovered the band whilst watching MTV as a youngster. Watch footage of the performance below.
It was recently confirmed that Brandon Flowers is working in the studio with New Order. Flowers’ band The Killers are named after a fictional group from the video for New Order’s 2001 single ‘Crystal’. Flowers has sometimes appeared onstage with the band to perform ‘Crystal’, most recently in Manchester in 2013, but this is the first time the two artists have worked in the studio together. It isn’t yet known if they are working on New Order’s new album or a Flowers solo outing.
Flowers was joined on stage in London on Thursday night (May 21) by Chrissie Hynde, who joined Flowers to perform ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, the song she first released in as a member of The Pretenders in 1986, before the pair collaborated on new duet ‘Between Me and You’, which features on new LP ‘The Desired Effect’. Watch the performances here.
Flowers’ new album follows on from his 2010 solo debut ‘Flamingo’ and his band’s 2012 effort ‘Battle Born’. He recently declared The Killers to be the best band of the past 15 years. Speaking in the same interview, Brandon Flowers also revealed that he has collected his own facial hair shavings in a bag for the last seven years.
Brandon Flowers will play the following UK live dates:
Edinburgh Usher Hall (May 25)
Leeds O2 Academy (26)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28)