Whether or not you witnessed the band cutting their teeth in Las Vegas’ cafés and dive bars in the early aughts, you still know The Killers have long been this city’s musical heroes.
Since their first big break on BBC Radio in 2003 with “Mr. Brightside,” it seemed as though Brandon Flowers and company became one of the world’s most popular rock ’n’ roll bands almost overnight. Melding pop and New Wave elements with an indie rock sensibility, The Killers managed to take over airwaves with each consecutive single—“Somebody Told Me,” “All These Things That I’ve Done” and so many more. In 2005, they won an MTV Music Video Award and garnered three Grammy nominations—and that was just the beginning.
The Killers tightened that hometown connection with album titles like Sam’s Town and Battle Born, tipping their hats to their Nevada roots. Now, with the arrival of Wonderful Wonderful, the group’s first studio album in five years, The Killers have achieved their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and their fifth No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart.
If you didn’t catch them at the recent Vegas Strong concert at T-Mobile Arena, you have another chance to catch The Killers in all their Battle Born glory. Holiday Havoc featuring The Killers at the Pearl at the Palms, December 11.