As it turns out, last week’s news of the The Killers releasing a 10th anniversary, limited-edition vinyl package for its sophomore album, Sam’s Town, was only the beginning. The Las Vegas quartet announced today that it will complement that offering with two days of special events, including two performances at the property for which the platinum-selling album is named. The Sam’s Town Decennial Extravaganza will take place September 30 and October 1 at the Boulder Highway hotel-casino, marking the first Killers performance there.
Tickets ($99.50 for general admission per night, with a $449 VIP option that includes various swag and a private, two-song performance by the band ahead of the actual concert) go on sale August 5 to the general public, with a presale for Killers fan club members starting on August 3. There’s no word yet if the band will be playing the album in full, as acts performing in celebration of older releases tend to do.
In addition to the shows, $99 tickets will also go one sale for a citywide Killers bus tour that will hit historically and sentimentally significant places such as Cafe Espresso Roma (where singer Brandon Flowers and guitarist Dave Keuning first performed their songs in January 2002) and Battle Born Studios (which the band owns and uses to record its music). The trek will be hosted by longtime Killers associates Ryan Pardey and Michael Valentine (aka Rod Pardey) and also takes place on September 30 and October 1. Note: The band is not slated to participate.
In related news, Island Records will put out a standard vinyl version of The Killers’ debut, Hot Fuss, on August 19. And Bong Load will also release bassist Mark Stoermer’s sophomore solo album, Dark Arts, exactly one week earlier, on August 12.