THE Killers' leading man, Brandon Flowers, may have a name
made for a porn star but he's actually a teetotaling Mormon
from Las Vegas.
That makes being on the road for a year and a half extra
"There's nothing to do on tour," he says. "That's how sex
and drugs got added to the rock 'n' roll equation."
His bandmates don't party much, either. So to fill the
downtime, they go to movies or shopping -for all those
lovely suits, jackets and eyeliner Flowers wears.
Last time he was here, Flowers was thrilled to stroll
Central Park for the first time - when Christo's Gates
project was flourishing. "It was all right," he says.
Tomorrow, he'll see the park from a different perspective,
as the Killers open the 20th Anniversary season of Central
Park SummerStage (summerstage.org).
It's sold out, but fans of this totally infectious re-new
wave pop band can bring a blanket and hang out behind the
It's a great way to kick off the summer -especially when
the Killers' MTV hit, "Mr. Brightside" (which has the grand
"Moulin Rouge" video) becomes this year's "Crazy in Love"
summer anthem. It's already a karaoke staple in Queens.
Since last summer's release of their debut disc, "Hot Fuss,"
the Killers are living large, particularly in London.
Flowers has met all his heroes-turned-Killers-fans -which
include Bono, Bowie and Morrissey - but he's stunned that he
gets to regularly hang out with Elton John, another fan.
"It's unreal," he says. "My dad was a huge fan of Elton.
Kids [at school] were listening to Tool, but I understood
Elton's songs and melodies more. He's so up-there."
Flowers even started a catfight in the press with the
Bravery, which isn't quite the size of Oasis vs. Blur, but
it's fun to watch anyway. (He said, "The Bravery are signed
because we are a band." In return, the Bravery's Sam
Endicott snarled, "I feel bad about talking bad about
[Flowers] because it's like hitting a girl.")
The Killers won't be ringing up the Bravery, but Flowers
does hope to visit the Statue of Liberty, which he is
completely sentimental over. "I tear up when I see it," he