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Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:12

Flamingo Offers Flowers to Killers' VictimsThe Killers' Brandon Flowers is set to release his debut solo album Flamingo in the UK on Monday, September 6th, and in the US on September 14th. The album has already been preceded by Flowers’ first self-penned solo single "Crossfire" which is currently #6 on the US Alternative Songs' Chart and reached #8 in its first week on the UK Singles Chart, where it features on both the A playlist for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2.

On their website, Spin magazine showcases exclusive 45-second preview clips of all 10 album tracks (click here), together with an interview with Brandon Flowers published earlier last month.

The theme of Flamingo is inspired by Flowers’ hometown, Las Vegas, known as "Sin City". He named the album after Flamingo Road, in the heart of Vegas, where he had his first job and met his wife, Tana. Sam’s Town, the casino which inspired the title of The Killers’ 2006 album release, is also situated on Flamingo Road.

The songs on Flowers’ debut solo album were originally penned for his band, The Killers, “on a cheap Yamaha keyboard on the bus” during their Day and Age tour. Within the album there are other references to Flowers’ experiences in Las Vegas. He says the opening track, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”, is “an anthem to the iconic sign” that welcomes visitors to the city.

If you’ve visited Las Vegas, you may relate to the lead track's lyrics, "Give us your dreamers, your harlots and your sin... Didn't nobody tell you The House will always win?" Vegas imagery is also pre-eminent in another stand-out track, “Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts”, a song which could have graced any album by The Killers, when he complains, "Well as you roll your dice, show your cards, jilted lovers and broken hearts, you fly away while I’m stuck here on the ground.” The album concludes with “Swallow It”, a track Flowers is rightly proud of following his experimentation with gliding guitar and synths.

 

Brandon hit the stage in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 15th, to preview material from his solo album, playing a sold-out show at his hometown's Hilton Hotel while the other members of The Killers were taking a much-deserved break from recording and touring.

Meanwhile, Brandon Flowers has announced a promotional tour of the UK, starting at the O2 Academy Glasgow on October 12th, and stopping at Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and at the HMV Forum in London, before finishing in Birmingham on October 18th. A tour of the US is planned later in the fall. Pre-sale tickets are currently available to fan club members through The Victims' website (click here).

Last Updated on Monday, 06 September 2010 12:51
 

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The Smiths' Morrissey has added his support to former band member Johnny Marr against British Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst clarifying the reason for the recent outburst by Marr through Twitter.

In a message he posted on Morrissey zine True To You on Saturday, Morrissey criticized Cameron, saying he "hunts and shoots and kills stags," adding, "apparently for pleasure."

"I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr," Morrissey wrote. "To those who have expressed concern over Johnny's words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered."

Morrissey conceded that, "It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another."

He continued, "[Nevertheless] It was not for such people that either 'Meat is Murder' or 'The Queen is Dead' were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence."

He further explained that David Cameron "wanted to repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves."

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