The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion, backing vocals) would complete the current line-up of the band in late 2002. The name The Killers is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".
The group has released four studio albums, Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012), all four albums have gone to number one in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and they have sold an estimated 25 million albums worldwide. They have also released one compilation album, Sawdust (2007), one live album titled Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009) and a greatest hits album entitled Direct Hits (2013). Along the way they have achieved worldwide success as a live band, performing in over fifty countries and headlining arenas on six continents. Since 2006 the band have released annual Christmas themed singles and videos in aid of the charity Product Red.
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