The Killers’ Brandon Flowers responds to Woodstock 50th anniversary controversy

"It's not 1969 any more, but we're gonna do our best"

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has responded to recent controversy surrounding the upcoming 50th anniversary festival of Woodstock.

The idea of the festival as well as the line-up divided opinion when the full bill was announced last month. As The Killers prepare to headline the festival, Flowers spoke to NME about their “unfinished business” with Glastonbury and progress on their new album – as well as his thoughts on Woodstock.

“I know The Raconteurs are playing before us, then there’s also Jay-Z and Dead And Co. They’ve kind of got all the bases covered,” Flowers told NME.

Asked if he felt if ‘peace and love’ could prevail at such an event in 2019, Flowers replied: “I think that’s always a good message, it makes sense. Is that what people are trying to get across at this 50th anniversary? I don’t know. When they asked us to play, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh, are we going to keep the tradition alive?’

“I didn’t have to sign a waiver to deliver that message. They offered us a certain amount of money and we said yes. I don’t know what you want. It’s not 1969 any more, but we’re gonna do our best.”

The ‘Woodstock 50’ celebration festival will be held at New York’s Watkins Glen and will feature The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs among the line-up from Friday 16 – Sunday 28 August.

Speaking to NME about returning to Glastonbury after their difficult headline set in 2017, Flowers said: “I’d forgotten about it! We were the secret band a couple of years ago and that was a fantastic experience, but I had forgotten about the previous headline slot that we’d done in 2007. There were some sound restrictions which have since gone away, and we had the PA cut out a couple of times. I think we can do better.

“We’ve played about 700 shows since then so we’re a better band with more songs now. We appreciate the tradition and what it means to headline Glastonbury. It’s huge. I used to buy NME Magazine while growing up in Vegas and I remember cutting out an aerial picture of Glastonbury and putting it on my wall.”

The Killers’ Brandon Flowers

The Killers’ upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below

Tuesday June 25, 2019 – BELFAST Ormeau Park
Friday June 28, 2019 – CARDIFF Cardiff Castle
Saturday June 29, 2019 – GLASTONBURY Festival