The Killers frontman has been carrying around hair in a zip bag since 2008
Flowers releases his second solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ next week (May 18), following on from 2010 solo debut ‘Flamingo’. Speaking to The Independent recently, the singer discussed the quirk which, he says, “has become a ritual”.
“I have a Ziploc bag full of hair”, Flowers revealed to the newspaper’s Radar magazine. “I’ll grow five or six days growth, make sure that the sink is dry, use an electric razor, catch it in the sink, and then I’m able to just scoop it into the bag!”
Flowers stated that he started collecting the hair after shaving off his beard and moustache that he sported during his band’s ‘Sam’s Town’ tour in 2008.
“It’s a lot of hair!” he added. “But it’s compacted. And it doesn’t smell. It’s all black but about half way up you start to see some greys. I don’t know what to do with it yet. It means something.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Flowers revealed that he has been working on new music with New Order.
Flowers recently told NME that The Killers will make another record because their previous effort ‘Battle Born’ “wasn’t good enough” and “we all know it”. “Once [the band] all get on the same page, it’ll work,” Flowers said. He jokingly added: “I need to persuade them to like the same things as I do.”
Speaking in another interview with Shortlist, the singer said that his band’s hit ‘Mr Brightside’ wouldn’t have been a success if it was released today. “Record deals have changed. The radio now only looks at the charts. They play a song a few times, see how well it’s doing on iTunes and if it’s not doing well, they’ll stop promoting it. That would have been a disaster for The Killers,” he said. “‘Mr Brightside’ was released twice [in 2003 and 2004]. It didn’t go down well first time. It wouldn’t have the opportunity in the current climate.”
Later this month, Brandon Flowers will head to the UK for a series of solo shows. This stint will include two gigs in London, as well as shows in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh. See the full details below.
Brandon Flowers will play the following UK live dates:
London Brixton Academy (May 21-22)
Manchester Academy (24)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (25)
Leeds O2 Academy (26)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28)
To check the availability of Brandon Flowers tickets, click here.