Vote The Killers Greatest MTV EMA Moment

MTV is asking fans to rank 20 preselected MTV EMA moments.

MTV has preselected The Killers at number 10 for their 2008 EMA performance of ‘Human’.

Victims will recall that it was during this performance that The Killers performed a portion of ‘Bring On the Dancing Horses’ by Echo & the Bunnymen.

The fans ranking of these MTV EMA moments will then air on November 6, 2014.

To vote for The Killers, see this link.

Vote The Killers ‘Best Headline Performance’ in the 2014 UK Festival Awards

The Killers have been nominated for ‘Best Headline Performance’ in the 2014 UK Festival Awards for their performance at V Festival 2014.

You can vote for The Killers here.

Voting is open now through October 27, 2014.

UMPG United Kingdom Streaming Thirty Second Instrumentals, Previews of Multiple Killers Songs

Regular readers may recall that Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Germany streamed thirty second instrumental previews of many ‘Battle Born’ tracks back in May of this year.

A TKN reader emailed me this morning with a link to ‘Direct Hits' on UMPG UK's site where many instrumentals off 'Direct Hits' are currently streaming.  Of note, the instrumental for 'Shot at the Night' can currently be previewed.

I then performed a general search of UMPG UK’s site and noted that many other instrumentals and other versions of songs are currently available for streaming.  I have included some highlights below but would encourage anyone interested to view the entire Killers catalog on UMPG UK site.

Of note, many instrumentals from ‘Hot Fuss’, ‘Sam’s Town’, ‘Day & Age’, and ‘Battle Born’ are available and are linked to below.

Hot Fuss

Sam’s Town

Day & Age' ('A Crippling Blow', 'Tidal Wave', and 'Forget About What I Said' instrumentals also playable)

Battle Born

What would appear to be different versions of ‘Under the Gun’ and ‘The Ballad of Michael Valentine’ are also available for preview.

Brandon Flowers Continues Work on Second Solo Album, Works With Ron Francis Blake Again

It appears that Brandon Flowers is still in California recording with various session musicians for his second solo album.

Ron Francis Blake, whom Brandon worked with in March of this year, posted the following update on Twitter early this morning:

Brandon Flowers and Kenny Aronoff Recording Together

It appears that Kenny Aronoff is playing drums on some portion of Brandon’s second solo album.

Given that Brandon will definitely be in Los Angeles, CA for GeorgeFest 2014 this Sunday, it’s possible that Brandon has been working with Aronoff in his Uncommon Studios in LA for the past week.

Aronoff posted the following photo and text on Instagram on September 20, 2014:

Recording on Brandon Flowers record. Producer Ariel killing it also

Taken from a Killers community.

Mark Stoermer to Appear on ‘Conan’ Tonight As Musical Guest

Mark Stoermer will appear on ‘Conan’ tonight, September 24, 2014, to perform a song off ‘All Things Must Pass’ with Dhani Harrison.

This performance is a part of a week long musical series on ‘Conan’ that features performers from the 2014 GeorgeFest fundraising concert event that will take place on Sunday September 28, 2014 at The Fonda Theatre.

Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer will both make appearances during GeorgeFest.

David Massey Teases Brandon Flowers Second Solo Album

David Massey, president of Island Records, teased Brandon Flowers forthcoming second solo album this evening on Instagram.

Massey posted the following photo with the text below:

Today at studio.  Brandon Flowers and Robert Reynolds looking happy . As they should be. Amazing music.

Also pictured is Robert Reynolds, a lawyer who is also The Killers and Brandon Flowers manager.