Kumpulan rock tersohor, The Killers dijadual akan buat persembahan pertama di Malaysia pada hari Ahad ini, 22 September ini di Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Helipad jam 8 malam. Wah, Budiey rasa teruja sebab pada pagi ini, Budiey baru sahaja mendapat jemputan untuk menghadiri konsert yang dibawakan oleh Future Sound Asia dan dijanakan oleh Tune Talk sebagai Telco Rasmi Konsert! Terima kasih kepada Future Sound Asia & Tune Talk sebab sudi menjemput Budiey.com.
[pullquote align=”right”]Konsert The Killers Live In Malaysia akan berlangsung pada hari Ahad ini, 22 September ini di Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Helipad jam 8 malam. [/pullquote]
Kepada anda yang belum mengenali grup ini, The Killers dianggotai oleh Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer dan Ronnie Vannucci Jr dan Budiey selalu juga menonton video mereka di Youtube di mana mereka terkenal dengan lagu popular seperti ‘Mr. Brightside’, ‘When We Are Young’, ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘All The Things That I’ve Done’ dan banyak lagi.
Kumpulan yang mula dikenali selepas album debut mereka, Hot Fuss meletup pada tahun 2004 sehingga kini kumpulan yang berasal dari Las Vegas, Nevada berjaya mengutip hasil penjualan album sebanyak 20 juta.
Selepas Hot Fuss tanpa berhenti daripada menghiburkan peminat yang berada di seluruh dunia ketika itu, The Killers jelajah selama dua tahun dan telah membuat lebih daripada 400 persembahan. Antara lokasi persembahan yang sehingga kini diingati adalah Festival Eropah Terbesar, Glastonbury, The Reading dan juga festival Leeds dan Pukkelpop. Tidak ketinggalan kumpulan ini yang laris di lokasi berprestij Amerika Syarikat, Madison Square Garden.
Bercakap dengan pengarah Future Sound Asia (FSA) Ben Law yang turut sama mengagumi kehebatan The Killers dan persembahannya kelak adalah yang ditunggu-tunggu.
“Akhirnya kami berjaya membawa masuk lagenda rock yang disegani ke sini dan saya sebagai peminat kumpulan rock ini begitu teruja. Persembahan mereka kelak adalah yang tidak boleh dilupakan oleh para peminat mereka di sini.”
Bagi mereka yang masih belum sempat membeli tiket boleh dapatkannya di kedai Rock Corner Berdekatan atau secara online di www.boxtix.asia.
The Killers to make Malaysian debut
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 JULY 2013 —The Killers will perform at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Helipad on Sunday, 22 Sept 2013. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets for “The Killers Live in Malaysia” (#TheKillersMy) will be available at early bird prices this weekend (27-28 July 2013) at Rock Corner, Mid Valley. Full-priced tickets will go on sale at all six Rock Corner outlets and www.boxtix.asia July 29 onwards.
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr are best known for hits such as, “Mr. Brightside”, “When We Were Young”, “Somebody Told Me”, “All The Things That I Have Done” and more.
Named after a fictional band in a New Order video, The Killers hail from Las Vegas, Nevada. Their debut, Hot Fuss, catapulted them onto the global stage upon its 2004 release. Since then the band has released four albums that collectively sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The band has also received seven Grammy nods and won a variety of MTV, BRIT, and NME awards.
The band toured for two years straight after Hot Fuss, playing over four hundred shows. They’ve also headlined some of United Kingdom and Europe’s largest festivals, including Glastonbury, the Reading and Leeds Festival and Pukkelpop. They have played sold out shows in prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden in the United States.
Future Sound Asia (FSA) director Ben Law said:
“We’re thrilled to finally bring one of this decade’s most prominent rock bands to our shores. The Killers’ songs have been rock anthem sing-alongs for years. ‘The Killers Live In Malaysia’ is not to be missed.”
Event name: The Killers Live In Malaysia (#TheKillersMy)
Date: Sunday, 22 September 2013
Time: Doors open 8pm
Venue: Helipad @ Sepang International Circuit (SIC)
Website: http://www.fb.com/officialfuturesoundasia | www.futuresoundasia.com
EARLY BIRD: RM208 (Limited | Available on July 27 & 28 only @ Rock Corner Mid Valley only)
EARLY BIRD PREMIER: RM328 (Limited – 18 years & above only | Available on July 27 & 28 only @ Rock Corner Mid Valley only)
TICKET PRICE: RM238 (Sale begins on July 29 @ ALL Rock Corner outlets)
PREMIER TICKETS: RM358 (Limited – 18 years and above only | Available online July 29 onwards)
ONLINE TICKETS: www.boxtix.asia
Buy Tickets at Rock Corner:
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￼BATTLE BORN BIOGRAPHY
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is en- shrined in the two words emblazoned on the upper left-hand corner of the state flag: ‘Battle Born’.
That phrase has always resonated with Brandon Flowers. It’s what The Killers named their studio in Las Vegas, and when the band reconvened last May to start work on the follow-up to 2008’s Day & Age, it be- came first a song title, then a thematic touchstone, and eventually the name of the album itself. But not all battles are blood and thunder: after a yearlong hiatus that saw three of the four Killers launch solo careers, they quickly discovered that timing and circumstance can be daunting adversaries in their own right. Safe to say, Battle Born’s title was well-earned.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, no question,” says Brandon. “It’s the longest we’ve ever taken to make a record, and the longest I’ve ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we real- ised that we didn’t, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready.”
That took time, and The Killers had already spent a lot of it. In February 2010, after the better part of a decade spent on the road and with the end of a mammoth 18 month world tour in sight, the band were at a crossroads. They had sold over 15 million copies of Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town and Day & Age, visited every corner of the globe, and become one of the world’s biggest rock ’n’ roll bands in the process, but they found themselves needing time to, as Brandon puts it, “put everything into perspective. Mark and Dave were pushing for it, while Ronnie and I probably would’ve gone and made another album right away if they’d wanted to. But if anybody in a band wants to take a break, then it becomes the right thing to do. And so tak- ing that time off was definitely the right move.”
After Brandon, Mark and Ronnie had all dabbled successfully in solo waters, it was the band’s rapturous live return headlining last April’s inaugural Lollapalooza festival in Chile that convinced them to, in Ronnie’s words, “Get back in the fucking room together and write some songs.” After a few days, the song they all ended up coalescing around was Battle Born’s eventual lead single, Runaways.
[pullquote]A small-town drama of epic-scale proportions, Runaways is everything you could wish for from a Killers comeback single; an unmistakably American expression of romance and optimism that heralds their return with cyclonic, Who-esque guitars and a chorus big enough to be bellowed from one end of the Mojave to the other.[/pullquote]
One of the album’s oldest songs, the bare bones were written in 2009 on the Day & Age tour, but, says Brandon, “We never knew what to do with it. Day & Age was us trying to be more of a pop group, but Run-aways was rootsy and American, and it threw me for a curve. I knew it was a powerful song. But when it came time to make the album, there was an understanding the four of us had that we were gonna do what we’re good at. The Killers write a specific kind of song, and we’re not gonna shy away from it. So ‘Runa- ways’ became a kind of launching pad.”
More songs followed: the title track, a musical ‘brother’ to its lead single; Here With Me, the album’s heart- string-tugging emotional gravity-centre; the stadia-quaking electro-rock of Flesh & Bone. By the time the band had satisfactorily refined that body of songs, however, none of the producers on their shortlist could commit to making a whole album, necessitating a process whereby they recorded in fits and starts with a stellar roll-call of names that included Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price and Brendan O’Brien.
The band had initially feared that process would “confuse the shit out of us.” Instead, it ultimately proved beneficial, even invaluable, to the record: not only did it give them a keener understanding of their own sound, but one song in particular – the tender blue-eyed soul of Heart Of A Girl – was a happy accident that came about from an in-studio collaboration with U2 and Bob Dylan producer Daniel Lanois.
“We wrote that song with Daniel, and it was interesting because we’d never written anything with anyone before,” says Ronnie. “Some producers work in a capacity where they become like a fifth member; they’ll pick up a guitar and get in the room with you. We did it entirely live, and only spent about an hour on it – we did a couple of takes, and that was it. It was a really fun song to do.”
Ultimately, reckons Ronnie, the fractured recording process, “showed us that The Killers have a certain way of doing things, a certain style of songwriting. We ran this album through five different producers and it’s still come out sounding like us…”
And therein lies Battle Born’s real triumph. Recorded almost entirely at the studio that shares its name, it incorporates elements from each of the records that came before it – Hot Fuss’ storytelling eye for detail, the yearning, mythic Americana of Sam’s Town, the gratuitous hooks and pop nous of Day & Age – without sounding overtly like any one in particular. It’s the sound of a band recognising – and celebrating – their own identity. To borrow Brandon’s maxim, Battle Born is The Killers “Doing what we do best.”
“We were ready to get back to the sound of four guys in a room again,” admits Ronnie. “Day & Age was a great record, but we were having so much fun experimenting and creating the songs, we let that get in the way of finding a common thread. This time, we owed it to ourselves to do something that felt more like a personal blueprint for the band.”
As such, it’s an album made with the live arena and fans’ expectations in mind. Here With Me – a windswept cinematic ballad with echoes of greats like Tom Petty, Depeche Mode and Simple Minds – is surely destined to become a live favourite, while the plaintive Miss Atomic Bomb (a reference to a Las Vegas beauty pag- eant and the days when above-ground nuclear tests were a major Nevadan tourist attraction) should prick up the ears of attentive listeners, thanks to the unexpected DNA it shares with one of the band’s signature songs, Mr. Brightside.
The story of The Killers’ first ten years together – during which they went from Vegas bellhops to Glaston- bury headliners, earning themselves a reputation as one of the world’s finest live bands and amassing a collection of Brit, NME, MTV and (most recently) ASCAP Awards that their collective mantlepiece now heaves under – is a tale of runaway success. Battle Born is its latest and greatest chapter, yet Ronnie re- mains adamant that, “Every record is a proving ground. We feel like we need to keep upping the ante with every new one we put out. We’ve got no interest in resting on our laurels.”
Meanwhile, with the record now finally in the can, all four members are eager to get it out on the road and re-introduce the world to The Killers, starting with a series of American and European dates this summer.
“I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before,” says Brandon. “I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs. Pound for pound, this is our strongest record, and I’m really excited about it. We’re starting to feel more comfortable being what we are. And we’re proud of what we are.”
Spoken like a true son of the battle-born state.