Brandon Flowers on ‘Blurred Lines’ trial: ‘There are so many bands who should get sued’

The Killers 'agrees 150 per cent' with the verdict of the Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copyright trial

Brandon Flowers has given his verdict on the recent ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright trial, which saw Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams found guilty of copying Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got to Give It Up’.

In March, a US District Court ordered the song’s writers to pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family. Williams and Thicke have since pushed for a retrial.

Flowers releases solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ on May 18, also playing six UK shows later in the month. Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the gave his take on the well-publicised court case.

The singer told NME that he “agrees 150 per cent” with the ruling, adding that there “are so many bands who should get sued”. Flowers stated: “I’m so sick of hearing people steal. I hate it. I hear it all the time, but I’m not gonna tell you which bands. I won’t because I don’t wanna start a whole thing.”

Responding to criticism that he may be too polite, Flowers said: “You want your rock star to be messed up? I got nothing for ya. Even the greatest storytellers have something. Johnny Cash picked cotton, his brother died, his dad was cruel to him. He was legit. I check none of those boxes.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Flowers stated 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.”

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)

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