The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). The band has released five consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017).
In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, a Las Vegas synth-pop trio known as Blush Response after refusing to relocate to Los Angeles with the band. After attending an Oasis concert in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his true desire was not to be in synth pop band but rather to be in a rock band. Flowers began searching for other Las Vegas rock musicians. He eventually came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, a 25-year-old guitarist who had moved to Vegas from Iowa a year earlier. The pair bonded over similar musical interests and began writing together in Keuning’s Las Vegas apartment. In November 2001, they started recording at Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada, along with Matt Norcross, a local drummer who they had recently recruited to join the band. It was at these initial recording sessions in Henderson that The Killers recorded “Mr. Brightside”, which was the first song Flowers and Keuning wrote together.