After dealing with the trauma of his mother's passing, frontman Brandon Flowers resumed work on (and released) his solo debut, Flamingo, which was followed by albums from drummer Ronnie Vannucci and bassist Mark Stoermer (guitarist Dave Keuning resisted the solo temptation).
Just more than a year after announcing their hiatus, The Killers reassembled to begin work on their fourth studio album, 2012's acclaimed Battle Born. While the album hearkened back to The Killers' energetic early work, Battle Born lived up to its title, sporting a few scars and displaying a hard-won maturity.
"I never noticed it until people started pointing it out," Vannucci told me just prior to the album's release last September.
"It's not like we're turning into old men, but as you get older, your priorities change. When I think of maturity, I think of the simple building blocks of living and exploring how to put them together. I don't think we've lost the playful side, but Brandon has a family now, you know, three boys. That shit changes you. You're a father figure, and it's hard to write lyrics like, 'Somebody told me you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend I had in February of last year …'
“I'm not sure I want to be in my 60s playing that fucking song. I love that song, but how do you sell it? These songs we're playing now, I could be in my 60s and still be able to sell it. It hasn't changed the integrity of the band, and if it's changed, it's for the better. I get it, Rock & Roll lets you suspend adolescence a little bit, but I don't want to be listening to kiddie music all my life. Nobody does."
That said, it doesn't seem like "Somebody Told Me" is coming out of The Killers' set anytime soon, although new material may be working its way in; Vannucci revealed to Britain's Daily Star in March that the band, which had just won the NME Award for Best International Band, were writing and recording for a new album. See, not everything stays in Vegas.Fittingly, The Killers’ Cincinnati stop — which sold out quickly — will be the first concert at the new Horseshoe Casino’s outdoor venue, The Shoe Plaza, a large grassy area right outside of the main entrance.
THE KILLERS play a sold-out show at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati downtown on Thursday, May 16. Check out performance times and get venue details here.