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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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Trip-hop electronic band Portishead has just announced that, together with All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP), it will curate the first UK "I'll Be Your Mirror" event in July 2011 at Alexandra Palace, London. Portishead also disclosed plans to play in Europe in June/July and in the US during September/October.

Acting as a sister event to ATP Festivals and named after the B-side to The Velvet Underground's original "All Tomorrow's Parties" 7" single, "I'll Be Your Mirror" will be a new series of artist curated music, film, and art events taking place in cities worldwide.

Portishead will headline both nights of the festival, during the weekend of July 23rd and 24th, with a different supporting line-up joining them each day.

At this point these are the only UK shows Portishead plan to play in 2011.

Portishead previously hosted the ATP "Nightmare before Christmas" party in 2007 when it also played live on both nights of the festival.

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