Saturday, December 25, 2010

850+ Quotes by Brandon Flowers


 Brandon Flowers, singer of the Killers, is quite a quote-worthy man. He is a fascinating and completely self-contradictory human being. But not a lot of people know this. So one day I thought, why not compile as many of his quotes in one place as possible and make people realize there is more than meets the eye with this dude?

On a personal note, a combination of the following quotes has deeply affected my life, as strange as that may sound when referring to a man who wore feathers on his shoulders every day for two years. These are not mind-blowing quotes by any means. Brandon is no John Lennon. Thankfully, he never pretends to be. However, he is the first (and still really the only) celebrity I have ever genuinely been able to relate to. He is shy and insecure socially, which comes off very clearly in his interviews. This is an incredible rarity, as far as I'm aware. Most celebrities make confident jokes and exclamations in video interviews- Brandon stutters, nervously giggles, avoids eye contact. But he still has so much self-belief. He has made it in a huge way despite his stage fright and critics (and oh, how many critics he has). The things he says are very simple and unpretentious. You will never catch him saying some mightier-than-thou BS about the meaning of art. He has wanted to become one of the greatest musicians in the history of the world, and he never apologizes for that naked ambition. I have been reading every Killers/Brandon Flowers-related article obsessively since 2004, and I never get sick of hearing his opinions and views on the world, even when he gets repetitive (you know, that will happen after reading 1000 articles...). I think he is one of the sweetest, most honest, most intelligent, and unfortunately most misunderstood and underappreciated celebrities on the planet. I really think I would be a very different person if I hadn't looked up to him for the past six years, since I was 15.

Just a few of the lessons I got from him: to set your goals real high up there. It still blows my mind to see in these quotes that he was already expecting the Killers' future success when they hadn't even released Mr. Brightside yet. He always believed in the Killers and already had plans for their arena tours when they just started playing tiny gigs. Another lesson: fuck the fucking critics. After Sam's Town came out with a pouring of indie-mentality-tinged negative reviews, his rejection of music snobs and journalists (*cough*Rolling Stone*cough*) taught me at 16 how to doubt those supposed tastemakers and realize that people who avoid the "mainstream" miss out on a lot fun. Who knows, I could have easily been a hipster today if it weren't for him, considering the other music I listened to. Shudder, indeed. Instead, I've been pretty badass ever since. (p.s. I wrote an essay about Brandon as a supplemental essay for my top college choice, and I got in (and go there now). I'm pretty sure that essay may be a big part of the reason.)

Thank you so much to TKC, @killersquotes, _killmenow_, and TKF for making it a hell of a lot easier for me to compile all of these. My absolute favorite quotes/parts of quotes are bolded. However, honestly, I love nearly all of his quotes so I suggest reading all of them (it'll only take ten hours!). Even better, read the source articles at one of the links above. You might learn a thing or two.

If you have a question about specific sources or contexts, leave a comment and I'll get around to answering. These are in completely random order with no attention paid to chronology or more/less favorite quotes. Although, I bolded way more quotes towards the end, and I'm not sure if that's because I got less picky or they got better.

- Maybe I deserve credit for saying what other people just think.
- My brother is one of those people everyone wants to be around. I think he's got a great combination of goodness and coolness. When you're the singer of a band, people only want one of those qualities. So it's been difficult, but I hope he rubbed off enough.
- If you don't like us, we're not giving up on you yet.
- People started some kind of petition to try and get some other- I think their exact words were 'more epic'- band to headline. But those people can fuck off. [Coachella]
- Nobody gives me any credit for the verses that are beautiful.
- I’m definitely not as cocky as I was made out to be in the beginning. I’m not that way at all. I think that I’m quite likable.
- We’re not going to be critically acclaimed. It’s not going to be until the end of our career that we’re given a chance.
- There's a great quote by Abraham Lincoln- 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' I have that hanging in our kitchen.
- I guess it bothers people that it’s not grammatically correct, but I think I’m allowed to do whatever I want. [Human]
- One time we were on the same flight as Brian Wilson. And just before we take off he says, ‘If this thing goes down over the Atlantic it’ll be the end of all of our lives!’ He just shouted it out! I was like, ‘Oh shit! Thank you!’ He’s crazy.
- We were very different in Las Vegas. We'd be playing in bars next to rap-metal bands. People thought we were crazy and girly.
- A boy's got to look good.

- My t-shirt should really say 'some girls like guys who drink cider' because Dave's drinking it in nearly every picture! Personally I like to think our band is too refined for cider.
- Here's me in a nice white suit, flashing some crazy rock moves. My motto is: when you're on stage and need that something extra, bring out the jazz hands.
- I was quite a porker when I was younger. I never went swimming or anything like that because I didn't want anyone to see my body. I always assumed that people were looking at me, and if I heard someone laughing while I was in a restaurant it would kill me.


- I would like to touch people.
- I drink coke for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- We normally try to hug the fear out of each other before going on stage. Either that or we just punch each other for playing a song badly the night before!
- Our fans are great - although the guy on the right with the tape over his head is probably the point where 'fan' becomes 'fanatic.'
- If you work at Spin or Rolling Stone and someone wrote some sweet article about how amazing the record is, all their buddies and all the writers at the place are going to make fun of him. That’s how it is and it’s just pathetic. It didn’t used to be that way. The journalists are now the rock stars.
- I've always liked dressing up.


- I got my ear pierced there. It wasn't called Precious Slut then.
- I don't really have a slogan, per say, but I think people should be nicer to each other. I think bands should be nicer to each other. I think everybody should be nicer to each other. There you are. Be nice.
- Somebody gave me a stick that said "Brandon Flower's Magic Stick"... and I guess that's kind of weird.
- When we finished Somebody Told Me we thought, uh, I thought people in Germany would love Somebody Told Me. I didn't, ya know, it's nice that the world seems to like it, but um, yeah, I specifically, yeah ya know.
- It was just so massive, and it just, just hit me. It just slapped me in the face and the way it felt with how huge it was.
- I always feel as though someone is staring at me.
- It was just barely three years ago that I was driving and I heard him [Bowie] on the radio, and it changed everything. I took two classes in college before I realized that I just couldn't do it. I just left the last one and I heard Changes on the radio.
- I thought it was Bob Dylan and I just loved it, because I've never understood the Bob Dylan thing, and I was like, 'OK, I'm starting to get it now.' So I looked into this Changes song and found out it was David Bowie, and it just opened up this whole thing for me. Ever since then, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust have been my favorite albums.
- He was pretty drunk. (about getting the Bono Talk)
- It's strange, the bigger the place we play, the more comfortable I feel.
- We're so new right now that it's hard. We're not really going to affect people or touch people until they know the record and come see us. So right now, I just hope that it's exciting for them and that they can catch on to how good the pop songs are and be moved sometimes. We're really nice and we're good at playing our songs [laughs]. And that's what's supposed to matter.
- I don't think I actually want to kill anyone.
- Q: You're a big hit with gay indie gentlemen, were you aware of that? B: I assumed that. Q: Why, do you get a lot of boys throwing themselves at you? B: Er, sometimes, yeah. Q: How do you feel about it? B: Well, we're here for boys and girls. We don't turn anybody away! Q: Ever gone there? B: Er, no. Not yet.
- I met a couple of them [rappers] at a Universal party. It was cool to meet Jay-Z. I watched someone go up to him and say how much they loved his outfit. Jay said, "Thanks, dog, it's Purple." I was really confused, because it wasn't purple. Then I learned it was a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit.
- Hello! We're called the Killers but I promise you, this won't hurt a bit.
- Fucking asshole. [to Dave as he locked him out of a car]
- When you're 15, and you're imagining this, it's part of the excitement...and then I went and got engaged.
- It’s definitely difficult to have mystique and all that because if you don’t go do an interview with the radio, they just won’t play it. It’s really terrible. It’s really terrible. That’s where mystique just goes out the window. If you want to be successful, you’ve gotta give your fuckin’ toes and your stomach. And we’re givin’ it, and I can’t be ashamed because we want to be successful. It sounds dirty because I’m giving so much of myself but there’s no other way to survive right now. Only the fittest of the fit survive right now.
- I'm very self-conscious about the way I look.
- We're very old-fashioned. We're into handshakes, and the world isn't.
- We're gonna have six months off soon, and I'm gonna get really normal.
- Dave was 27. [joking, on when Dave lost his virginity]
- I'm getting better at not being myself.
- I do my own makeup. I'm proud of that.


- How do you know that Andy isn't, in fact, a girl?...But that doesn't mean it's [Andy, You're A Star] a gay song... or certainly not as gay as Michael by Franz Ferdinand. Listen, I just write stories, bizarre, weird, entertaining stories, and only sometimes are they autobiographical.
- It bothers me that I'd be more credible to certain people if I had a drug problem. Why? That's bullshit. I'm not interested in drugs because I've seen what they can do. Take Brian Wilson. I don't want to be like him. What does it matter today that he wrote Good Vibrations? The man goes around talking to himself.
- They listen to music better in Britain. People hum along to keyboard parts. That's something that never happened anywhere else. I think they're just more excited and less... there's a cool thing out here. There's a camaraderie about the English. When you see a bunch of dudes in a bar singing 'Don't Look Back In Anger...'
- Hand lotion is my favorite thing in the world. Oceans of lotion.
- I guarantee I'm better than anybody who does drugs... Ronnie plays the drums like he does because he's not wasted and we're an awesome live band because of it.
- Maybe [we'll wear] some little white shorts and some boat shoes. That might work for us. Yacht goth. Some eyeliner. There you go.
- I look like a twerp. I'm such a tart!
- If I woke up and nobody knew who I was, I'd go out and start another band.
- I probably spend too much money on Dior jackets. They make me happy.
- This last song is about skin. It's about bones. It's about blood. but most importantly, it's about hearts.
- That's funny. Except polygamy ended about a hundred and fifty years ago.
- I want to be the Phantom! Maybe when I'm, like, thirty. I can't do it now. I'd need to take voice lessons.
- [Thunder Road] has my favorite line. I'm such a sucker. It's 'Hey, what else can we do now except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair/Well, the night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere.' I'm one of those people who really rolls down the window at that point!
- Ebay people. I almost came to blows with one today. We pulled up to the gig, and it's two in the afternoon, and there's these four guys standing outside, and they all have blue markers and brand-new CDs. And they're obviously not fans. So I said, Okay, I'll sign, but I won't take a picture. This guy got angry, so we started yelling at each other, and he told me to go buy some eyeliner and flipped me off, and I blew him a kiss and that was it. Other than that, fans are usually quite nice.
- I had this nice pink Dior jacket, but I was sweating so much that it ended up a weird purple color. Rock n' roll is very hard on your clothes, you know?
- That's where the blazer was introduced. It kind of sums up our band in a nutshell. But it's not salmon! That was the worst thing. Just call it pink! That's what it is. I think we'd have to dip into the old Elton and Liberace wardrobes to top that one. I'm not going to tell you how much it was, but it still hurts, I'll tell you that.
- Fame- what you get is no tomorrow [word association]
- I would stop people at stoplights. Get out of my car and knock on peoples windows before I met Dave. I was on a mission.
- I'm really nice.
- I'm going to embrace the rain! We all have it in us when the rain comes! You guys get it more, so when the rain comes it's more exciting for us.
- No, I haven't, but I'd like to have sex in a tent. No animals, though.
- I'm a festival virgin! We've only played one, and I've never really been to one. I'd probably say don't do mushrooms. Woodstock is over, let it go.
- And to meet Frodo.... [why came to MTV event]
- I've always liked dressing up. Even if it was only going to church or something, I always enjoyed Sunday for that, like I knew I got to get dressed up. And that's just how I've always been.
- I'm trying to bring back the boat shoe!
- We're getting a lot of young girls that come because of MTV...or Dave's pants or whatever it is.
- Eric [Roberts] was telling me that I will change. But I don't think I'm going to. My dad's still a bellman. I drive a Hyundai with a dent in it. The window's taped up.
- I'd share a tent with Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs. We have a closeness. An unspoken closeness. I can't elaborate.
- What do you want me to do? A personal ad? Hmm . I guess it would be something like: Uncomfortable yet good-looking person, that's myself, looking for another uncomfortable and good-looking person, to share a room with.
- I'd had a little bit too much to drink, and at one point I fell off the stage. And nobody caught me! It was sad. It was a sad thing. And the boys kept playing...and so, I just got up, and we finished the song. But I think it would have been a lot better if someone would have caught me.
- Everybody lives in this valley, around the city, and somewhere on your lawn, or on top of a wall, you can look down and see these lights.


- Dave loves Micheal Jackson. And even Dave thinks he's guilty
- Arm wrestling with scorpions [about how the band settles its creative differences]
- I thought we were going to win best rock video, but you just can't beat those Green Day people.
- When music kills you, at least it doesn't hurt.
- We make music for people.
- This night has just turned out to be a potpourri of loveliness.
- Rolling Stone? They gave Paris Hilton more stars than they gave us.[Q March '07]
- I'm gonna come grab some honey.
- Artist. Just shoot me if I ever refer to myself as an artist. Call me "rocket man" instead. [Jane, Oct. '06]
- You know, people always ask us if our songs are factual or not...And, don't kill me, but... Jenny really wasn't a friend of mine. But...Andy was.
- People want modesty... I call it bullshit modesty, and I don't like it.
- I'm not gay. I can't even be bothered to start some intrigue about it.
- It's better than a buffet at the Mirage. [after seeing James and Arcade Fire at T in the Park festival)
- I got a BB gun once, it's a gun that shoots little pellets. It was during the first Gulf War, and my dad brought back pictures of Saddam Hussein for me to shoot at. So I was shooting at one of them one time and I ran forward to it immediately after I'd fired to see how good a shot I was, but it ricocheted off the shed and came back at me square in the head. I learned my lesson. I almost lost my eye that Christmas.
- [his fave quote-] "You don't have to be a poet to say something profound."
- I always feel like there's something wrong with me because I don't have some dire, some sort of awful outlook on life. It seams like you're not allowed to— like it must not be real or it must not be good if you are happy to be here. And I'm very happy to be here. I love having a body that's fully functioning. I love traveling and getting this opportunity.
-What song do I hate? I think Daughters, by John Mayer, would be a good candidate. I don't know why he bugs me so bad.
- We're like navigators on this new album. We're just out to find the best songs and the best parts for each song and...and we...danced a lot and we smiled a lot more than we've ever smiled.
- I'm embarrassed when I see old footage. If I die...I'm serious, like, I don't want people to see this.
- I feel like the stranger at the end of the bar getting bedroom eyes from some exotic temptress.
- I was manhandled by this girl, she threw me in the bathroom and put eyeliner on me and I liked it, I liked the belonging. [About his first concert, The Cure, when he was 13- his brother brought him along.]

- Music makes my blood flow. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a favorite song. I just want to be the messenger.
-I can't tell you how many times I got called a 'faggot' for liking the Smiths.
- I don't know. My mom would say it's because they are jealous. [TK haters]

- When you grow up in that world [LV], entertainment gets in your blood... The flashiness and the glamor catch your attention.
- I grew up loving a lot of English bands ... That has a huge effect on you. If I was listening to hip-hop as opposed to Morrissey when I was 13, I would probably be a very different musician. But that's what I was drawn to when I was growing up.
- When I was younger I was chubby. It gave me a terrible sense of self-image, and I guess I carry that around with me still.
- I am a self-confessed cocaholic.
- I've always had this thing about it not really mattering where you`re from, because there`s always been this big cloud over America saying you have to live in LA or you have to live in New York to make it. I always knew it didn't matter as long as you had the songs.
-America is still getting used to the word gay, and when you've got a band that's seen as this gay thing, instantly there's going to be a wall that's going to get put up. [On Pet Shop Boys]
- When you look at America and see a big hamburger, or whatever it is that you see, they definitely took a bite out of it. [Pet Shop Boys]
- Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, I would love to rent the World of Coca Cola Museum.
- Controversy is never a bad thing.
-I've always wanted to see Radiohead. That was fun. I mean I saw them from about eight miles away but I was there! [2004 Coachella]

- It is hard to stay normal in Vegas.
- We want to be important and to last.


- I think we are the cleanest band in the world, and we are also the busiest. I think these two things go together.
- I'm allowed to think that it [Sam's Town] is the best album in twenty years, but I'll have my opinion and other people are going to have theirs.
- That sucks a bit. I don't like 'Are we denser?' as an alternative. I really care what people think, but they don't seem to understand. They think it's nonsense, but I was aching over those lyrics for a very long time to get them right.
- I mean, man, he's good. What's the song about the two brothers? Where he lets his brother leave at the end, after he beats the guy to a pulp? [Highway Patrolman]

- Crossfire's done very well. I knew it was a great song but I didn't know it would be so big. Critics maybe come to the album having written a review before they heard it but it's a great record and there's a reason I'm here. We've had awful reviews in the past and it hasn't hurt us so I don't know why I care.
- My favorite Cars song is Heartbeat City. I haven't met them. I heard early on that Ric Ocasek didn't like us. I've met just about every one of my other musical heroes, such as Bono and Elton John. I was surprised when Bernard Sumner from New Order said he liked us.
- [Gunnar] is a tough name. I had to have something that combats against the Flowers.
- Q:What is your wish list for Santa this year? B: A sandwich named after me.
- Q:Why don't you think you're cool? B: My name is Brandon Flowers, I'm a Mormon and - I like to play golf. I’ve always been self-conscious. I know it’s strange, considering this is what I do, but I still feel self-conscious. If I’m in line at the bank, or I’m out walking — whenever I’m exposed in any way and there’s someone that can see me, I feel so strange.
- Bless 'em, they are devoted. I see some of the same faces every night.
- The idea of taking a year and a half off from being onstage scares me a little bit. Being on the road is something I’ve been cultivating. I feel like I’ve grown a lot, and I’m feeling comfortable onstage. I don’t want to lose that.
- I’ll tell you how it happened. Every now and then I get these freak phone calls, and one day I was in the Belagio, in Las Vegas, and it’s Bono on the phone. And I’ll never get used to that. It could be 30 years down the road, and it’ll still seem weird. He’s someone I really admire. He wants to know if I will be on a Gap ad. I didn’t want to do it, but I offered, instead, to write a Christmas song and donate it all to the thing. So he said, ‘Great.’
- I want us to be a positive force. People think that we’re overconfident and cocky, but it comes from excitement. It’s not ‘I’m better than you,’ it’s that I can’t wait till you hear this song because I know what it does to me physically.
- I call it the veil, it's one of the doors to the stage, something happens when you walk through it I can't explain but it's life changing. And now I just want that every night.
- Being a Mormon in Las Vegas prepared me for the lion's den. It's the ultimate rock & roll stage. Without Las Vegas I would be a wreck.
- We all need to focus on the positive, don't we?
- Be nice to each other.
- I think it's important [to be romantic]. I don't mind watching sappy movies, either. You can learn things.
- To be honest, I have a never-ending personality crisis.
- I’m only playing 2 or 3 times a year. I just don’t have the time. I can still whip just about anybody though. I love golf. I miss it.
- Length is the weak point in my game. If I could hit a ball longer I’d never have been in a band.
- At any given time there are songs cooking.
- The Killers as a band, we do have an edge, and we have a bombast about us and we have the capacity for doing something great– I still think that’s in us.
- It’s undeniable: I love pop music, I’m a pop tart.
- I don't know what I'm doing. I've never had a stylist but when I look back at some of the pictures I think I should have had a stylist!
- I wonder how much talent has been wasted on people partying like they were the Stones before they deserved it.
- You see these kids and they act like they're the Rolling Stones but they haven't had a hit yet. You can read all you want about Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, but you aren't them yet. They wrote hits first.
- I've been very lucky. We've just had great fans… and I work hard. It's a combination of both of those things.
- I just love making music and as I get older I realize I shouldn't worry so much about critics and things.



- Sexy. The way his voice cuts through live, it just blows me away. [adjective for David Gahan]
- I hope we keep learning and growing, and that I don't embarrass myself and that's it.
- In America it's about the kind of bag that a woman has, or that car you drive, even though you go home to a small apartment. To appear to have a certain lifestyle, that's the problem in America.
- I feel like the exhibitionist in me was always there, but it definitely took some coaxing to get him out. Perhaps it says that I'm this really vulgar attention-seeker. That desire, that need, maybe comes from being a strange child who desperately craved attention. But ultimately I've got great songs. The songs come first, and I'm able to deliver them in a way they need to be delivered.
- It's not such a big thing to give up. Booze dehydrates you. I knew I would be better if I stopped, I feel like I have longevity now. We started becoming a much better live band so I knew it was the mature thing to do.
- Music is my job, as well as my love. I don't know how rock'n'roll it is to stop drinking and smoking, but I do think that drinking and smoking simply because you've read it's rock'n'roll is dumb and utterly cliched.
- I was sucked into all of that and I somehow felt like it was expected of me. It was something I was excited about at the time. There are some great stories about people I admired getting messed up. For a time you feel like you want to be a part of that.
- I would say that I got most of my wisdom by stopping. To me the harmful thing is excess. No good comes of it. It's just pain.
- As sexy as [Freddie Mercury in 70s and Morrissey in 80s] were, they didn't have the raw, animal sex appeal of Jagger [in the 60s]. Jagger was a sex beast.
- I have no idea where the fear came from. Maybe from thinking that they were trying to hide themselves. When I was six or seven years old, if I saw a man with a beard I'd cling to my mother. I was just convinced that they were going to take me away.
- Morrissey. he was the complete opposite of what I was, of my parents, of the town that I lived in. When I started listening to Morrissey, I lived in Utah in a small town, it didn't even have a stop light, people drove around in tractors. Somehow I was able to identify with him because I was in such a strange place. There was something so glamorous about him, that just didn't exist in Utah, and never will!
- Contrary to popular belief, I do have enough humility and understanding to know that we're not number 1. we do have a place in there somewhere- it would be maybe in the nineties. We're still young and we're going to creep up on people. [where the Killers would rank in a top 100 rock n roll bands list]
- I do believe that it's written in our hearts to be moral.
- I think when I'm writing lyrics, if there's a story involved, I have my own version of it in my head and I do my best to describe it. I sometimes wish I could see what other people see when they hear it.
- We went to Lake Tahoe, and it was just beautiful. Went and did a hike. Jumped in the lake. It’s kinda like going back in time. Stuff that it seems like you only see in movies. And it’s been a breath of fresh air.


- I’ve started to go to national parks and campgrounds on days off. And I'm barbecuing. And instead of running on a treadmill, I’m running out in nature. It makes it all worthwhile for me.
- Bob Dylan said it best – you can’t be Jewish and be cool. And you can’t be a Mormon and be cool! But I’m trying my best!
- I don't really go to after-parties or anything so I drift towards an instrument. So the songs keep coming.
-We want to be the next U2! We haven't been shy about saying that so I guess that's pretty extreme. [2004]
-I don't know what it is. People just have a fascination with Las Vegas. It's really like two cities here. There's a really normal side and then there's the strip. Most people just see the strip when they hear Las Vegas and we really are from the normal side of the stage. [2004]
-I've got pretty tough skin. A lot of times people focus on the keyboards and eyeliner and it's pretty annoying. I mean there aren't a lot keyboards in the songs and a couple of us wear eyeliner every now and then and it's just whatever, we just kind of let it bounce off. [2004]


- The jacket is an Alexander McQueen I bought at Selfridges in London five years ago. I've worn it 90 percent of the days over the last five years, so it's molded to me and worn out in the right places. I guess I have a love affair going on with it.
 - These songs have dust on them.
- With any new album, I try to listen to the music that's coming out of me and then represent it with what I'm wearing.
-It's all been real positive for us. We get to record music for a living. That's our job. It shouldn't even be called a job. It's so great.
-I would probably just shut up. I mean you're always afraid to say stupid things, whether it's in interviews or anywhere else but I think it's better saying nothing at all when it comes to him. He seems to be a touchy individual. [2004, if he met Moirrssey]
- I really like to have a good solid pair of boots on!
-Yeah, that just came to my attention a few days ago but I didn’t know that other people called me BFlow... I'd rather have it like 'Brando.'
- I’d actually like to clear that up. I've never said anything bad about Nirvana. It wasn’t even taken out of context because...if you read it and actually use your brain I’m not saying anything bad at all.
- There are obviously groups that I don’t like but what good does it do for me to tell anyone? It’s better to try to be positive.
- I've met (Noel and Liam Gallagher) and they’ve been kind to me. I’m one of the lucky ones.
- The most I’ve won is a couple of grand. I’m not a huge gambler but the adrenalin of it can draw anybody in so you’ve got to be careful.
- I've been asked what hotel I live in a few times. A lot of people don’t realize that there are homes in Nevada away from the strip.
- All I want to do next is make the best Killers album ever. We haven’t hit it out of the park. Yet.
- We became a really powerful live band by the end of Sam's Town, and I really think it's because of the bad reviews.
- It's going to be unavoidable at some point that we're here for some reason, and that we have done something good and lasting.
- Whether they like it or not, not only do we represent America, we're proud of it.
- Some people think the songs are okay and hate the lyrics. It's a small thing, and silly as it may sound but we've never been on the cover of Rolling Stone. It's frustrating. We belong there. We've earned it.
- We've given all that we've got, but it's just not appreciated by critics.
- What paper are you from? The Irish Independent? Did you guys give me an awful review? There was a bad one, I think that was you guys.
- I'm fine with being at home, but this is my job. I don't relax, that I know of. I'm fine not relaxing.
- I mentioned that I was lonely a few times and it's gotten blown out of proportion. I wasn't sitting alone, rocking back & forth, crying.
- I'm looking at myself in the mirror. [answering what he's doing right now]
- As soon as [the label] heard about Flamingo, I was bombarded with texts and emails and statistics about how this was gonna fail. It was a little discouraging but I've always had a strange amount of self-belief... I don't know where that comes from.
- People call me careerist, and use the word in a negative way. I don't understand that. This is my job. It's what I do best.
- Playing for President Obama was inspiring. It was great to play for the soldiers. I found that gig very rewarding.
- My mom was a great influence. We never had much money, but our house was never sad. She had a joyful spirit and was always smiling.
- I love music, but I want to spend more time with my children. I'd like to be around when they start school.
- Going on stage is like putting on a veil. I become much more excited up there.
- Vegas is in my blood. For all its faults, it's exciting. If anyone can sing about it, I can.
- I really liked my jacket with pheasant feather epaulets. Some people thought it was strange but it made me feel in control. I felt powerful.
- Don’t trust anyone. It’s not a pretty business. I still try to be optimistic. [music biz]
- I love the geography and the desert. In the summer you can drive into the mountains to escape the heat – it drops 30 degrees. I love the excitement and colors of The Strip and the people of Las Vegas. I can’t think of any lows.
- The first few gigs were very difficult. I didn’t know if I belonged on stage. We did bars and open mic nights at coffee shops. I didn’t realize you had to win the audience over. There are great pictures of me singing on the floor next to girls in the audience who are talking to each other and completely uninterested.
-I didn’t get good grades at school. I would probably have worked in one of the casinos for tips. [if wasn't in a band]
- I worked at a Mexican fast-food restaurant when I was 16. Every night we had to clean the grease out from the fryers. This mist of grease vapor would coat your skin. That was the worst bit. Your skin isn’t great when you’re 16 and the grease vapor didn’t help.
- You can’t please everyone – I’m slowly learning this.
-When the blows come, it’s nice to have people there to share them with.
- Rock & Roll used to be about not having limits and that's disappeared somewhere along the way. We're trying to bring it back.
- We come from Vegas and our cloth is a little bit stranger than other people's. It's a little bit more glossy and I think that's exciting.



- Without sounding arrogant, we're really one of the best live bands in the world right now.
- It's really fun, hopefully, to come and see a Killers show. We want it to be an adventure for people.
- I'm more comfortable now. Recently I've been thinking maybe it's not a fluke. Maybe I deserve it after all. If I do, I'm not going to waste it. Man, I want to shoot for the stars!
- I'm certainly not afraid of the grays. You're never gonna see my dyeing the grays. I already have quite a few...
- My dad's a kind of classic old handsome dude. I hope I'm headed there. I seem to be.
- It's amazing the attention you get from women. If you're a guy it's weird how much credit you get carrying a kid around. When I have both, they act like a dream's just walked through the door.
- Time seems to go faster now than it ever has; I realize I'm not getting it back. I'm starting to take notice of an hour, whereas before I never did. I have a real fear of missing out on things with my family.
- And still I don't get recognized! [on wearing Killers T-Shirts]
- When The Killers started I was very aware that I wasn't ready and it was scary. I started to feel I was getting too big for my britches. It made me want to learn to try and be better. Now it's starting to feel like we belong.
- There's a couple of guys from church who I'll golf with now and again.. But I guess I don't really... Jeez! I guess I don't have a best friend!
- It was a total culture shock. I mean, I wasn't necessarily a city kid but I knew I wasn't like them. [moving from LV to Nephi]
- Looking back, I understood pop music when I was 4. I realize that now. I could follow melodies and knew how they worked even then.
- That feeling when you're losing money, your body knows you did something wrong. When you lose you feel... dirty. [gambling]
-We don't realize how successful we are yet, I don't think. Every now and then, I'll be in the supermarket and somebody will be following me with their phone, or yelling at me or something stupid. But that's really rare.
- I've stopped drinking and smoking completely because I don't want my children to even see it.
- I remember going to this casino with mom in our truck, going up and down every aisle in the parking lot. It wasn't till I was older I realized we were looking for my dad. To see if he'd come home. But I understand why my father did what he did. That's the other side of Vegas. It's literally addictive.
- It used to be more about families. Now it's just... sex. [LV]
- When he asks the stranger who finds him to tell his boy that his daddy is proud of him… I don’t know why, but that gets me every time. [Give My Love to Rose by Johnny Cash]
- My wife and I bonded over this song when we first met. I’d never heard it before and she played it for me while we were driving through Vegas. Both of us were crying in the car at some point. [Tom Waits’ Ruby’s Arms]
-There's no way she could be shaking that ass like that [with a Wonderbra for the ass]. Or watering down a car [in the video for "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"]. Some of the camera angles were right up on the butt cheeks. That girl is spot-on. [Jessica Simpson]
-We were going to perform the song Tranquilize together on Saturday Night Live and it was going to be the highlight of my life, but then the writers’ strike happened. [on Lou Reed]


-You can give me some weird, ugly chord change, and I'll turn it into a pop song. I can't help it. I just really love that stuff.
- I guess we're a little more clean-cut than The Strokes or The White Stripes and in a sense we still have to pay our dues but that doesn't mean we can't write a good song.
-Meanwhile Flowers puffs on a Davidoff with queenly daintiness and relates how his father once caught him dancing in his bedroom to Erasure. "He just said, Ya like that kinda music huh, son? and walked out," he says, face falling into his hands. [had to include article excerpt because it's too good]
- We've got a Rome and a Paris, and even an England in Vegas.
-We all are fans of big songs. I love hits. To be upset that we used a major label or to feel dirty or something because of that, I mean, give me a break. Have you ever heard of Radiohead and U2 and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones? It's just ridiculous. I'm not afraid to go all the way with it.
- I don't want to really be influenced by someone right now. Maybe it's an ego thing. Everything today sucks...
-I know people in America are eventually going to hear the song and it's not a bash on people that like indie music or anything like that. It's just the arrogant little kids with their black converse that are rude to people. I mean it's all across the country. They think they're all something special and they need to just give it up and like music. [Glamorous Indie Rock n Roll, 2004]
- It's cliched, but we went for Chicago-style pizza. It was awful. I still love the cheap pizza - Little Ceasar's, Pizza Hut.
- It's fun to write about dark things. Some of the characters are real, but none of the murders are true, though, I promise.
- If you don't believe it, it won't happen.
- Morrissey really was unbelievable. Everybody did want to touch him. If our fans felt that way about us, that would be awesome. [little did he know...]
- We're not going to crash. We write great songs and we're not going to stop.
- I can make myself miserable in minutes with what my mind can conjure up.
- I liked the way Morrissey performed and owned the audience - the way people wanted to touch him. That led me into his music.
- I'm a sucker for sunsets. I've been all over the world, and it's a beautiful world, but there's no sunset anywhere like the sunset in Vegas.
- It's a magical place to me. We moved from here when I was eight or nine and I always had the desire to return. [LV of course]
- I feel like I have to show people that what I'm doing is good, that it's worth the effort. but I work that way. It's how I thrive.
- People over here (UK) aren't afraid to admit that they like something. If they hear a good song they're gonna clap and scream.
- It's really just a play on words. But it gets people confused. That's good. [Somebody Told Me]
-I was really torn when I was 8 because I had one sister who loved, like, New Edition. She was trying to put me in rayon shirts while my brother made me listen to The Cars.

- Other kids were buying Tool and Nirvana and I was buying the Cars and Psychedelic Furs. I was pretty alienated as a kid.
- I've been to some beautiful places all over the world but when I fly back to the dirt and the dust of this city, I'm at my happiest.
- I still get butterflies about the strip - the lights and the glitz. I love the hustle and bustle. I still get off on it.
- I worked the graveyard shift a few times and somebody ordered condoms to their room. I went and picked them up and brought them to his room. When the door opened there was an orgy happening. There were a lot of naked bodies; flesh was everywhere. But they tipped me 20 bucks!
- My 1st job was at a golf course on Flamingo. Sam's Town is on Flamingo. I met my wife at a clothing store on Flamingo. That's my 'hood.
- Maybe people just don't like us. When we meet other bands, they're just never that cool. They think we're commercial.
- I would be devastated if Morrissey didn't like us or Bowie didn't like us. You want to make music for everybody but they're the chiefs
- I'm very self-conscious about the way I look. And that's because I had four paranoid sisters always in front of a mirror primping.
- You always hear jokes like 'If he's the Boss I quit', stuff like that. I didn't really know how important he is, how good he is. He's so inspirational.
-In America, it's a different word, 'indie'. [American artists] hide behind either the fact that, I mean, if they are able to write a good pop song, they'll veer away from it right when you think it's about to get good ... just because they don't want it to be too 'obvious'. It's either that or they're hiding behind the fact that they aren't able to write a great pop song. People like us, y'know, the second we get an inkling of success, it's just something for them to laugh at. It's really weird.
- You just believe every syllable that comes out of his mouth. With Morrissey you don't know if he's telling a story or messing with you. I like the directness of Bruce just singing his guts out.
- It's just nice to find something I love that much at this age. I felt as if I was a young kid again, It didn't feel any different from when I got (the Smiths') Louder Than Bombs, when I got Greetings From Asbury Park, it was the same type of excitement.
- A German doctor gave me some kind of chamomile concoction that I pour into water, put a towel over my head and breath it in.
- I believe there are melodies and certain chord changes that are meant to go together.
- From Metallica to Ozzy Osbourne, whoever's had anything to do with reality TV, it's taken away some of the magic. It's hurt the way I look at their bands. It's exciting to have some fantasy.
- A chocolate-covered strawberry. [if he had to replace his head with something]
-I guess I'm just an epitome of an American. I was raised on McDonald's. It's comfort food, you just know it's going to be good.
- Will I be ditching her and getting a celebrity girlfriend? I don't think so.
- We love The White Stripes, Ambulance LTD, Interpol, Louis XIV... What's funny is that none of them would name us as a contemporary We brought them to another level, all the bastards! Sorry. We're taking what they're doing and making it OK for people to listen to.
- I think bands are scared of me because of what's going on with The Bravery and because I speak what's on my mind about other bands.
- I love chocolate cake.
- Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths is an amazing album. It opened up a whole new world for me because a lot of the words Morrissey was using I's never heard before. I had to look them up in the dictionary!
- I read a review where the writer said 'Don't be mistaken, The Killers are not any better than their peers. Their choruses are simple.' But isn't it a wonderful thing to have choruses that are accessible?
- It's just amazing to be in the driver's seat. We don't know where the truck is going, but everybody is invited to come with us.
- I'm here for all music and mankind, regardless of whether it is rock or pop or country or whatever it is.
- I keep my castles in the sky. That's what keeps you going.
- A lot of our songs have optimism in them. That's what rock'n'roll is based on: 'What can we do? How far can we take this?'
- Until recently all that mattered was that your arms looked like you were lifting 40-pound dumbbells and your hair was properly highlighted. Then the White Stripes came out with amazing catchy songs, and they proved you could just be yourself. It opened the door for us.
- I specifically remember the day I got out of a math class in college and heard 'Changes' on the radio. I loved it.
- We are treated so differently from country to country. In France, I was treated like I was David Bowie. In L.A., it's like Scott Stapp.
- I have not been quiet about how good I thought our album was, but seeing other bands makes me realize we can do better and need to.
- Some people say that's an ugly thing, but friendly competition is great.
- [Art] is supposed to come from an ugly place. I'm the opposite. I believe in God. It's kind of confusing but my story is almost too nice.
- I'd love to find a style for the rest of my life, but this time it's more classic American, like Steve McQueen or Robert Redford.
- My wife says I'm like a cartoon character - I tend to wear the same thing over and over again once I settle on a look.
-We're trying not to get sucked into it. People want us to have a book out right now. They want us to have a DVD out right now. We're holding off on all of it.
- My check-in name! [Tijuana Heston] My buddy's grandpa's name was Tijuana which I thought was great. I cant really explain the 'Heston.'
- I try to go running, but the truth of it is I wear all those ties, belts and baubles to hide my bloated rock star figure.
- I need to work on my attention span.
- I think Chris Martin knows what I meant by ['I got soul, but I'm not a soldier']. In fact, he is the only person I've ever met that within a few minutes of talking to him, I could see he totally got me. You know, he is very competitive. He said to me: 'You know, I'm your only competition'. I love that! It just makes me want to run back to the tour bus and write a song that wiped the floor with anything Coldplay have done.
- I'm not sure about his singing voice but how about Daniel Radcliffe? Yes, Harry Potter! Either Potter or that guy from Spider Man who I'm always mistaken for... Tobey Maguire. I'm always being asked if I'm him! [who would play in The Killers- the Musical]
- I make sure a bellhop carries my bag up to my room when staying at hotels just so I can tip them. I mean, I don't want a cookie or anything but I know how much it means.
- I've never considered myself much of a singer, more of a songwriter. I'm no Mariah Carey.
- I lose my temper fairly frequently. I'm currently nursing a sore finger because I punched the window out on our tour bus. I think it's because we had such a terrible show last night. Or it may have been because of the lack of interest in the show we did at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago. It was the gig of our lives, and not one review. Not even a sniff of a comment, good or bad.
- I'm looking at my hands right now...and I can hardly believe I'm alive. The human body, fruit, water, it's all just too perfect; something has to have created all this.
- I remember its power shocked me; as soon as I'd pulled the trigger, I realized what I had in my hands could kill a man.
- I bought a small model skull from a truck stop the other day, which I now have ceremonially mounted on my keyboards. I think it reminds me of my hometown in some small, pathetic way.
- To me, music is incredibly important. That's why I want to make big, bold statements.
- Sometimes I like to just sit down and see what happens, and then other times an idea will pop into my head and I’ll record it onto my phone. I’ll be looking like a crazy person singing into my phone.
- I've never felt great about The Killers records; I've never felt like they from front to back were like a piece of art.
- I read a lot of our reviews, and I remember reading a review of Hot Fuss and somebody actually compared a part of one song, or mentioned that it was 'Springsteen-ish.' And I thought 'Weeeelllll...' Yeah, at first, that's probably how I took it. I didn't know. And like everybody else, I immediately thought of Born in the U.S.A. But it stuck with me, and every now and then, I'd be listening to a classic rock station and "Born to Run" would come on. But I started paying attention to it, and then I just said, 'F--k it - I'm gonna buy some.' So I started off with the Greatest Hits, just to see what would happen. And that was it - I had to go buy everything as soon as Thunder Road came on. And then it was The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, and then it just took off. I had to have everything.

- People consider Duran Duran a guilty pleasure. I don't see them that way. But I don't feel like we're a baby Duran Duran.
- I still have posters on my walls. Morrissey, Bowie, the Beatles, so it's really weird to be in the situation we're in.
- Is it a Monday night? You people sure are making us feel like it's a Monday night. In Killers' Land it's always the weekend and I want this to feel like it's Saturday night!


- We’re learning that [Americans] like the guitar Killers, whereas you guys in the UK and the rest of the world have got this more melodic pop-orientated album. (might be written wrong)
- It's hard to put us into a category at the moment. I don't think we know what category we're in.
- You know, we are around each other more than most people are around their families. So we better get along. For the most part, I think we are learning to tolerate each other.
- I think it's just one journalist going with what other journalists have said. That's not to throw Bruce under the bus 'cause he's great and if we're compared to Bruce Springsteen, I can definitely live with that.
- Festivals are my oxygen and I need to keep on breathing.
- I get to hang out with Elton John. I'm such a fan that it's hard not to act like a teenage girl in his company.


- I want lots of kids. A big bouquet of Flowers children.
- Do I miss alcohol? Oh, absolutely! My wife doesn't. She's glad I'm no longer drinking and I can't blame her because I did it to excess. Maybe I was trying to behave like I thought a rock 'n' roll singer should behave.
- The women, the drink, the drugs? I'm not going to pretend that was easy to deal with. It was a dilemma for me. Erm, it was more about drink for me.
- Being in a band is very much like being a permanent adolescent.
- There's nothing more empowering than the feeling you've brought all these people together to celebrate the brilliance of music.
-Um, it's really weird because ... there's nothing that we've ripped off directly, you know what I mean? It's just us writing songs, not thinking about anything other than trying to write a good song. So it is annoying sometimes because there are bands like the Strokes that admit that, like, Last Nite is just obviously American Girl from Tom Petty. And he [Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas] doesn't hide from that. Y'know, Julian says, like, 'I stole it.' But everybody's like, 'Oh, that's so cute!' But with us it's, y'know, we didn't do that. You can't pick out any part of any of our songs and say, 'This is this', you know what I mean?
-They're not our songs anymore, really - they're a part of the world now, and that's really amazing to me.
-I dunno. There's nothing we can do but ... just sell records.
-We were so scared and skeptical about how people would accept When You Were Young because it's not a typical Killers song. We had that song for six months before anyone else heard it. We knew how good it was, but we were nervous waiting for people to get it.
- Without British music I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you now. It was British music that showed me the way.
- That's when I'm reaching for the stars. That's when I feel the magic soaking my spine. [playing for big crowds]
- As soon as we started writing our first songs, I knew we were capable of being one of the biggest bands in the world.
-No. Hopefully we'll be going for quite a long time, but I think we'd be different than the Stones. I mean, we'd definitely grow up with our music and wouldn't be afraid to, y'know, when we're 50 or something, have some acoustic guitars and maybe sit down. I'm not gonna run around like I'm trying to be 23 again. 
- If we fell, would you catch us?
- I wanna have a couple of songs that are in the psyche of people. One of those where you know it's that good it's gonna last forever.
- Tonight is the first night I've gone two nights in a row without a beer. I'm proud of that. ['04]
- I still feel like I'm going through puberty. I still feel like that chubby 13-year-old kid.
- The guy who does Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Bailey, Hedi Slimane when he was at Dior and Paul Smith. [favorite designers]
- The people who owned [New Frontier, demolished in July 2007] said they’ll give me the sign for free. So I’m going to put it on my land I was telling you about. I only have to pay them to load it onto my land. I’ll light it up at night and it’ll say “Frontier” in the desert. It might be too big. Look how big it is! It's ridiculous! It's so cool.
-It was very exciting to be asked to do support dates because we are all huge fans - this is the one band that we all come together on. They have credibility, they have rock songs and they are able to touch people's hearts which is why personally, for me, they edge out The Rolling Stones to the second best band ever. The Rolling Stones have Angie and they have Wild Horses but they don't have One or Where The Streets Have No Name but U2 have that and they have the rock...
- Obama is my man. I have my own personal reasons why. I just don’t want to seem like I’m jumping on a rock’n’roll bandwagon. That’s all you’re getting out of me!
- Well, I’m not an ambassador. I don’t know if it needs to be coming out of my mouth. We think we still have bodies. Flesh and bone. But I don't get this body, no. Different body. Same soul. I get a more perfected version. Uh, not like Fabio. Everybody’s not gonna be sexy all of a sudden! But it’s perfect in the sense that you’re not gonna die. Um. I try and stay away from this! Because people say I’m deluded all the time. And stupid for believing.
- Ammon cries when I go to the store. And then if I’m gonna go for a month I think ‘Is he gonna remember me?’ It’s hard. It’s scary.
- Y’know, I still don’t feel like a man, but having a son has taken me a giant step closer. I’m trying my best to become one. A good one.
- She was wearing a pink trench coat... She worked at Betsey Johnson; she was cooler than me. I believe in fate. She’s perfect for me. I knew early on. She’s just different, creative, full of life. [Tana]
- He watched us sound-check and I was just petrified. If only I’d said ‘Hello,’ maybe we’d be pen pals now. Fax pals. [Sighs.] Too late. [Morrissey]
- I was… husky. I just loved food. I still love food. I have an addictive personality. I don’t shoot up, so I have to watch it if I’m gonna be up on stage and feel worthy. You grow up looking at Iggy Pop and Morrissey, so I guess it gives me a complex. It’s just hard for me — I have to stop myself.

   ^This was srsly one of Brandon's meals on the Day & Age tour, Ray posted the pic on his Twitter. Yes I saved it, I never denied that i was an obsessed freak y'all.
- Manscara! [giggles] I’ll have my lawyer look into it — we should be seeing a little of this profit.
- I know I would feel petrified if I wore a T-shirt on stage. I would! I couldn’t even get through a song.
- I don’t understand why more people don’t wear sequins — they’re wonderful under a spotlight.
- I am very old-fashioned, I guess. And the older I get, the worse it is. But I dunno if that’s what people want to hear!
- All I know is there’s too much negativity and seriousness out there — there’s cynicism everywhere you go.
-We kind of have that attitude, I mean it's whatever happens is gonna happen anyway, but it's nice - we're not opposed to our records doing well in the charts, so hopefully they will. [2004]
- I think there’s been moments when we’ve overdone trying to be serious; we were too young. There should be more moments of being carefree, at least when you come to see your favorite band. Hopefully your favorite band!
- Have you been to Los Angeles? Well, our sunsets are better!
- I bought some land. I love the city too, but people don’t realize the beauty in the ancient dirt. I try to capture that in our songs, how I feel when I’m looking at the sunsets in the mountains.
- As soon as we hit turbulence, I instantly start praying. I'm never going to love to fly, but I can't freak out like I used to. I'd cramp so much that I'd be sore for days.
- A good song will find its place. I knew that about Mr. Brightside. As small as we were, I knew one day a lot of people would hear it.
- People are putting us down for being ambitious, and there are critics who want us to fail.
- I'm just trying not to look stupid and apparently some people don't think I'm doing a very good job.
-I feel the same mentally as I did when I was 12. [Dummy, fall '06]
- I want people to realize that we're a brave American band. We really are out to do something with this.
- Who doesn't want a good review in Rolling Stone? We don't get them.
- Playing these shows and bringing so many people together, such a positive celebration, it's like a drug.
- I'm nervous before any shows because it's not about how many people there are. If you're worried about someone taking you apart they could be five feet away or way in the back. You have to deal with it.

- We really do have the best fans in the world. Thank you all.
- I don't think we've whored ourselves - and I won't be doing a Pepsi commercial - but we want to do a lot of work.
- When I think of Morrissey, I think of the flower in the back pocket or Mick Jagger and the scarf around his neck. It's great if people think of my mustache and boots when they think of Sam's Town.
- It was a pretty big risk to release it as the album's first single. I mean it doesn't even have a real chorus. [When You Were Young]
-That's, uhhh.....that's, errr....Ya know, I don't know if I'm actually prepared yet for that one. [what he would say if he met the Boss]
-Sales-wise, I guess it's doing fine, but we've still got a lot of work to do. Everywhere in the world it's getting great reviews, except America. They don't appreciate it. We didn't get the cover of Rolling Stone for the first album (Hot Fuss) and we sold five million records. And we're nowhere near getting the cover after what they have said about this album. It's really hard for us because Rolling Stone is such a staple in rock ' n ' roll music and they are not embracing an American band doing what we are doing. I'm confused - Paris Hilton and Britney Spears get on the cover. It's frustrating because everywhere else has really taken off.
- We're nowhere near getting the cover after what they have said about this album. [Rolling Stone Sam's Town review]
- Record companies aren't used to dealing with smart bands wanting to be successful on their own terms.
- I'm the romance and this is a kiss.
- ...which sucks because the songs are beautiful, no matter how ugly my tongue can be.
- I can't help it. I love so many different types of music I don't want to be tied down.
- Where the White Boys Dance is a real slut.
- I don't even know if I knew where Panama was before we played there.
- Sexy dancing is always encouraged.
- LETS LIFT THE ROOF OF THIS SON OF BITCH!
- You ever seen Brokeback?


- Dave said 50 more years? Huh. Well, Dave's a little bit out of it. He'll be, like, 80 years old by then. Though having said that, that might be about the time I can slip down to the Strip and start crooning in one of those hotels. As long as I'm still singing, I'd do that in a heartbeat.
- We are sky diving wizards, and the difference between wizards and magicians is that the magic is real. That's what I believe about The Killers, and eventually we're gonna hammer away at people's heads until it's just undeniable. I promise.
- I love everyone.
- I trust people, and they're assholes.
- Your receding hairline is becoming a problem. Ask Dave about hair plugs.
- Interviewer - Do you trust your fans? Brandon - Yes, they're smart!
- *beeeeeep* HEY!! I'LL KILL YOU!!!
- People need to learn that we all bleed red.
- I've got pop in my blood. If you cut me open a chorus will come out.
- Are you serious? I can't imagine never having eaten a Twinkie.
- I'm not a rocket scientist, but if it's not hard then how is it even going in?
- ...Melody is what makes the world go 'round.
- The Killers are the pie and I guess the looks are the cherry.
- Pretty soon we’ll be in Britain and when we play that song and get to ‘Higher and higher’ it won't matter what Rolling Stone wrote any more.
- And now I’ve almost been shredded down to nothing from all these reviews.
- I said it was one of the best albums in the past 20 years, not the best. There’s a big difference.
- Yeah, I'm pretty easily led! It brings a lot more drama to my life than I'd like. People around us and the record label and management, it upsets them. [journalists goading him to say controversial things]
- Off the cuff, I say ugly things sometimes, and people go off of that, instead of just letting the songs speak for themselves. That's partially my fault. I need to let the songs speak for themselves, too, maybe. At the same time, I just can't help it. I tell people what I think.
- I felt like, as a- I hate to say 'artist'- I'm not doing my job justice if I'm not representing where I'm from.
-We're from Vegas. The glitz, the glamour. You go into a diner or a 7-Eleven, and there are pictures of Sinatra and Elvis on the walls. Performing is in our blood.
- You know when your family comes to town and you go to a buffet? [Laughs] I grew up with that, but I love it.
-Not intimidating, just unbelievable. I was always confident, probably always will be about the songs and writing songs, but sometimes you feel like slapping yourself in the face. You can't believe that it's all happened so quickly. You're amazed that these people even know who you are.
-It was a holy place. I wish I could show you a picture of it. It was covered in posters. There'd be a big picture of Elvis wearing a bow tie that just said 'The Smiths' [the artwork for The Smiths 1987 single Shoplifters Of The World Unite]. You had The Cure wearing face paint [the artwork to The Cure's 1985 single In Between Days] - all that kind of stuff. I remember Morrissey being on the cover of the NME, with the halo [from 1985] - stuff like that. You just wanted to know about these people 'cause they were so cool. My brother seemed like such a cool person. But he was a teenager, so he wasn't going to be that nice to me, a kid.
-I would sneak in. I knew he'd be angry if he found out, but I would go in as soon as he left the house... [playing his music] That didn't come 'til later. I just used to go in there because I liked it. Then I got to the point where I'd actually take a tape out and put it in. It took more guts to do that. [older brother's room]
- I myself love the smell of a casino. That's kind of nostalgic, I guess, from when I was a kid.
- There are moments where we just look like amateurs between songs and I have a real tough time talking to the crowd still.
-My big story - and this is not made up - is that when I had just met Dave, our guitar player, the Elevation Tour came to Las Vegas and I had a hundred dollars and my brother had seen them in Salt Lake City. He said you have got to see this show; you have got to see it. So I used my hundred dollars on getting a ticket from a scalper and I got into the heart! I was expecting to be watching from the top, but the ticket was the real deal and it was weird when they came on because it was one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen.
- I have an unexplainable drive. I don't know exactly where it comes from, but it borders on obsession. There's something special about bringing that many people together and celebrating that way. I want that! I am greedy and selfish but I want that every night.


- I wonder if it's weird that I get manicures! My dad didn't get manicures, I don't know if I should. Why do I? Because they give you a massage at the end of it. It feels nice.
- Seriously, the last time I heard steel drums was in The Little Mermaid! I don't know if that's a good reason or not to use them.
- We were these poor kids and the whole idea of being a band was to put ourselves out there as this glamorous thing. Almost the opposite of the Strokes - these wealthy kids who are these dirty rock 'n' rollers.
- It's not really lipstick; it's more of a gloss.
- I've never tried to emulate anybody, but I've been singing along for 10 years, so I'm sure there's a little Sinatra that comes out in my singing every now and then.
- [Hunky Dory] is the most important record to me, ever. There's not one song I skip past.
- I never said we were trying to reinvent the wheel. We just want to keep it rolling. [Billboard, Sept. '06]
- I wish people would take their preconceptions about jackets I've worn or eyeliner I've applied and just listen to my words. There are some lyrics I'm proud of that haven't gotten any attention. I guess it takes time...
- People are so afraid of what I call our 'sophisticated bigness'. They think it's impossible that you can sell a lot of records and have half a brain. But we're doing it...
- My older brother was one. His room was like a temple. I wasn't allowed to go in there. I would sneak in as soon as he left. It was a whole other world in his room. That's where I fell in love with music. [nonmusical influence]
- My favorite line from Alphaville's "Forever Young" is 'Hoping for the best but expecting the worst'.
- I'm working to get over the barrier I have about really believing that people are at the shows because they like us.
-I was ten and the first song I played was Sing Your Life by Morrissey. I remember dancing about to it.
- You can't save the world with music. But I can try. I have the same job as Bruce Springsteen. I have to go as far as I can with it.
- I know I say things that other people don't. I process what I'm thinking and say it anyway. I won't wear a muzzle.
- I understand that there are people out there who want us to fail, but, I'm sorry, this is what I've been put on earth to do. [Spin, June '06]
- Oh, that's another thing Eric Roberts said to me. He said: 'Have you fucked a showgirl yet?' And I said 'No'.
- I wear Rolling Stones and David Bowie shirts from Hot Topic.
- Oh man, does this make us whores? [Killers shirts at Urban Outfitters]
- Liberace had his lover surgically altered to look like him. That's bad, when you wanna have sex with yourself.
- I guess I'm somewhat showy.
- It seems like you are always trying to prove yourself. I think it's a good way to be. I think you should always have a level you are trying to surpass. If you look at all great artists they are the same. They work hard at what they do to get where they are at. You do have to burn brightly to shine. [2004]
- Dude, we should get custard! Oh man! He's never had custard, for hell's sake! We gotta go to Luv It. It's the best frozen custard in Vegas.
-You can't say you expected it but I expected it eventually! I am a perfectionist and I knew it would happen but for it to happen so quickly, it kind of scares me as I don't want to do so much so soon. I feel like we have earned it but you know I want to play 15 hits, like U2 do! I want to go up there and earn it, so we are going to earn it.

- Listen to 'All These Things That I've Done' and what a beautiful, moving song that is - and I'm saying that from a listener's (standpoint) not from the person who wrote it. It's such a wonderful piece of music that moves people, and people just want to write about transvestites and whether I'm wearing eye makeup or not.
-We never mean any harm, but it will be very difficult for other bands to follow All These Things That I've Done. It has turned out to be a song that can blow people away. It's a live song. It thrives in that environment.
-In Europe, as soon as people heard my accent, I was treated poorly. People see us as devils, and we're getting a bad rap because of the war. I wanted to make an album that was human, that reminded people what's great about America. [USA Today, Oct. '06]
- They say Jen doesn't want to have babies and stuff, so you gotta sympathize with Brad.
- That was a high point for us. We're kind of scared 'cause we've had so many of those on this album. What are we gonna do for the second record? We have to play on Mars or something to beat Live 8. [Spin, Jan. '06]
- People come to Vegas to get rich. Most people aren't going to get it. But that thought keeps a gleam in their eyes. It's a good thing. Other people grow out of it. They lose that gleam and become cynical bastards.
-A lot of bands are getting cynical about hooks and lazier with lyrics and melodies.
- The glamorous façade was fun. I grew up very poor. You sign a record deal, you get a little money. It's exciting. But how much fun is it going to be if people only care about what color jacket I'm wearing?
- It's difficult because there's a certain level of expectation of someone in our shoes. People expect a certain level of debauchery. Sometimes we don't live up to that. A lot of times we don't. Then there are people like this Pete Doherty who gets taken dead seriously because he has a heroin problem.
- I don't think I'm here to represent every American and humanize America with Sam's Town - but I was trying.
- My parents are sweet, humble people.
- There was a lot of pressure, even if you're never in a band growing up, you hear about the sophomore slump and blah blah blah, you have your whole life to make the first album, and all these things are true. We started to realise, we had months and months and months to make the first album and there was no pressure, and then all of a sudden there are people that are hungry for more music, and people that want us to fail, and we want to prove-- we want to convert everybody and just do the best we can, but I think we're really happy with the outcome.
-I wouldn't exist without that song [The Cars' Just What I Needed]. That was the one. I remember driving around with my mom when I was 13, and we're living in Nephi - a really small town - and I felt so cool when I put that song on. Like: 'I have something that none of these kids I'm going to middle school with tomorrow have.' That excitement is what music's about, isn't it? That's why I understand the mentality of people that don't like us because we've sold so many records. I used to like it when no one else knew about a band. So I get that - I do.
- You know when they say a pregnant woman glows. That's what I felt like when I was falling in love with his music [Springsteen].
- It's not all gold and glitz.
- My son is growing up somewhere right now and he doesn't see me. That is wrong.
- I hope that someone will tell us when we're not good anymore... I hope my wife will...
- The music I hear on the radio in America is awful, so we have to do something.
- To some people, success means having a record deal and being able to pay the bills. This band wants to take things as far as we can.
- As a band, we're not very good socially.
- I think [Hunter S. Thompson] was very concerned with the direction of where we were headed in America and it's amazing how simply worded he put it, just by saying 'I'm afraid that we're raising a generation of dancers.' It says so much. So I stole it and made it into this song. One ironic thing is Hunter S. Thompson hated disco music. [Human]

- In terms of our fans, I'd like to think they're smart and open-minded and don't want us to keep reinventing the wheel. If you've been a fan for a long time, you're prepared for change.
- Hell, we're so old-school we don't even pay someone to blog for us.
- I'm not very good at talking to fans. I don't think we try to be mysterious on purpose but most of this blogging and twittering doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I grew up before everyone had a computer and a Web site. It's not that we don't care about our fans, but we don't see the need to communicate with them in that way.
-I like things that are made up just as much as my own experiences. For me it makes it more interesting. I don't treat it as therapy or anything. Every song is not my diary. [2004]
- I'm obsessive about a lot of aspects of the band — ridiculous stuff, really, like T-shirt designs and other little things.
- I think acknowledging I'm different from people in most bands is enough of a statement in itself.
- There's a big misconception that you can't be artistic or sophisticated and be big.
- We were doing this scene [Mr. Brightside]. It's like my first acting ever, and between the takes I'm talking to him [Eric Roberts] about fame. I told him we went to Graceland. And he says, 'It's almost grand, isn't it?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' And then he smiles and says, 'But it's so fucking white trash.' About Graceland! Who says that? He's evil! he's the devil.
- There’s nothing wrong with writing songs that people will like.
- We’ve grown as a band but we still want to write these big songs. I want people to know where the chorus is and love it.
-They're in their 60s. I was raised on the morals and values that seem to be eroding or dying now. We're going downhill, it seems to me. The work ethic has changed. My dad was a hard worker and still is at 64. People today are lazy. [parents]
-I'm excited about it and the plan is to make it as soon as possible. Actually, that's my plan but not everyone else's! I'm a little younger than the rest of the band, got a little more fire in me. But I want to get it out as soon as possible, the new songs sound great.
- We don't want to be 'that [synth] band' forever. We'll let someone else be that.
- We're still just playing gigs every day. The only thing different is maybe the hotel's a little nicer.
- We are the hounds of hell. And I promise you that our bite is much worse than our bark.
- I always feel like someone is staring at me. It means I won't do certain things. I wouldn't sit here naked after a shower, for example.
- Because I'm not the most secure person in the world, when we play a gig I'm very conscious if someone walks out of the room or laughs.
- Once you get political, you're in a whole new area. And we're not there yet — I don't know if we ever will be.

- I read [Kerouac's] On The Road while we were making this album [D&A]. I'm a little late there but it's been a whole new world for me.
- If you’re the loner, there are always going to be people that you want to be, even if it’s just for one day. I’m not sure I should tell you who Andy is... He was my friend in eighth grade: a football player and the popular kid.
- I know the right time to send flowers. Sometimes it's not on the calendar and it's not about Valentine's Day- it's knowing when to do it.
- When I listened to the Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ or ‘Double Life,’ it made me feel like the coolest person alive— which I wasn’t.
- Award ceremonies are... alright.
-That's how we got noticed! Our manager picked us up, when he saw us on a local website. We'd half heartedly put a demo we'd done up there. You know, today man - the internet is leaps and bounds ahead. It's everything. It's everything, it's your audio, your visual, your communication system. It's great. [2004]
-It's not like the '60s, '70s and '80s now. There are only a few bands around that are really good, that just do it. I mean, there's what, five or six of us? ["For the record, in Brandon's estimation, those bands are Franz Ferdinand, Razorlight, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, of course, The Killers."]-2006
- I've never been against making people dance. The music I grew up with made me dance even if it wasn't labeled as dance music.
- My dad is a big dreamer, so I got that from him.
- I sang about Grandma Dixie and my brother being born on the Fourth of July. Guess what? My grandma's name is fucking Dixie, and my brother was born on the fucking 4th of July. The album is very real. I was being honest on Sam's Town, and it bit me in the butt.
- All the anger I had toward what people were saying about Sam's Town made me want to prove how good the music was.
-I've just always liked the idea of it. A lot of my favorite bands have had that on their albums. Not usually on their first album, but you never know how many you're going to get to make nowadays so might as well do it. [2004- having a gospel choir on stage for ATTTID at Coachella]
- The reaction to Sam's Town took me to a bad place.
- My music lights a fire under me.
- When I hear other people, I want to be better than them. I won't apologize for it. It's nothing dirty.
- You can't compete with hip-hop. That doesn't mean I don't want to be as big as a rap star. I do- I'm always competitive.
- Every day I drive down that street and I can still see the slab from the trailer park where my mom and dad's families lived and they met. I love going to restaurants where my mom and dad took me 20 years ago.
- People have been ridiculous with the amount of attention paid to the saxophone. They've been like children about it.
- People who want to be big have haircuts and muscles. I guess that's why the Killers are so unique.
- Some of our best tracks are slow risers.
-I've bumped shoulders with Kasabian and Muse (also on the bill) but never talked to them. It will be fun to do some band-bonding because we are usually in our own little world and bands can treat each other like gangs at festivals. I am trying to get over that and go up and talk to people and find out they are not as evil as you make them.
- I think artists of my generation have too big egos to be inspired by each other. Although I’m not afraid to say that Arcade Fire and Coldplay’s new stuff makes me want to do better.
- I always feel like there's something wrong with me because I don't have some sort of awful outlook on life.
- We all just kind of said, you know, fuck it. You know, people laugh at sax solos. We just said, fuck it.
- The landscapes [on 'Human']— that would be more Stuart. We'd do the meat and potatoes, and he adds the galaxy.
- We learned that you can’t please everyone, but we’ve got faith in what we do, faith in our fans and faith in the soon-to-be-converted.
- Sam’s Town was a giant success. That’s a misunderstood truth.
- I don’t even know why people want to talk to me.
- I can't leave it [Henderson]. I take comfort in taking my son to the park where my mom took me to the park.
- The sky used to be the limit, and it's not anymore. It's about 200 feet, and beyond that people think you're being comical.
- I just want to kind of be normal for a week.
- People either say [Sam's Town] is really good or really bad. I'm happy that it's not in the middle. It's either 'I hate this with all the blood I have in me to hate,' or 'I really love it, and I think it's better than Hot Fuss, and it's going in the right direction.'
- I listen to it [Hot Fuss] as much as I listen to anything else, which is sort of pathetic.
- We don't want to get lost in the confetti, but we want to have confetti.
- It's good to be different, because you see things in a different way.
- I think I get a little weirder as I get older. It's almost like I'm allowed to.
- I'm a worrywart. My mom gave me that gift… I was paranoid when I was a kid. If I saw someone with a beard, they were gonna kidnap me, there was no doubt in my mind.
- I didn't kiss a girl 'til I was 19, so I was deathly afraid of it, and I think that still exists in my brain.
-The record company want us to keep touring, because Hot Fuss is still selling, but we are tired now and you can lose touch with reality. I want to go home and drive a car, do ordinary things.
- In high school I wouldn't say I was unlovable or untouchable – but nobody wanted to!
- I get frustrated with everything. I think people are lazy.
- Vegas goes through phases. Ten years ago they tried to make it a family thing. Now it's 'come and cheat on your wife.'
- Anybody that ever picked up a guitar and says they didn't imagine playing a song in front of thousands of screaming people is a liar. Nobody just sat down and said, 'I've gotta bare my soul and be an artist.' I'm not afraid to admit what I want.
- I love this life, it's amazing. I love to breathe in the air. I think it's a gift to have a body. I want to experience having kids.
- If I got a dollar for every time I was propositioned up to some MILF's room, I'd be a rich man.
- So far, people have been really good about it. No one's called me a faggot or booed me off the stage- yet. [on wearing make-up]
- I'm a big horror film fan. I enjoy the thrill of being scared, particularly when it affects you for days afterwards. It's invigorating.
- U2 I give more respect than even the Stones, because they write songs that they should be writing at their age. I'm not gonna try to write 'Somebody Told Me' again when I'm 40.
- I'm an optimistic person, but I would've assumed if we did win [a Grammy], it was because somebody did somebody a favor or something.
- We're an intelligent band and we have intelligent songs, and these people who interview us are used to these kids, which we're really not. We have the mentality almost of an underground band, but they're asking us mainstream questions. That's where we're colliding.
-We're happy in the direction that we're going. I've said some things that have kind of backfired. I didn't really mean for that to happen. I expected them to help what we're doing. That's kind of a shame. It's taken away from people listening to the album without sort of a prejudice, so to say. You know, in twenty years nobody's going to know what was said. When they get Sam's Town, they're not going to know about me saying that stuff. That's not going to be attached to it. That's the beauty of it. I think it's going to last. When I hear "When You Were Young" on the radio, I'm so proud. I know that that will eventually get through.
- Anyone who thinks we are a one-hit wonder will think again.
- They said that? That's funny, really funny. [on The Bravery saying he felt "threatened" by them]
- Look, I'm not supposed to be doing this any more but, well, you're poking me and so I'll say this: to me, The Bravery just aren't real.
- I've never actually said anything bad about anyone who didn't deserve it, but, occasionally, it is brought on by jealousy. When I hear a good song, it really does piss me off.
- Great music is great music but image is priceless. I'm not saying I'm in this position because I'm good-looking, but it certainly helps.
 
- I still don't have much money. I don't know if money will change me.
- I don't want to reveal too much about myself - or it'll ruin my mystique!
- I was always into jackets with jeans and vintage T-shirts, but then the beloved Strokes came along... [Q: And franchised the look?] Well yes, so I had to find something else. I chose a more dandy kind of route.
- The highlight of my life is Noel [Gallagher] saying to me that he'd learned All These Things That I've Done on guitar.
- [Q:Fall Out Boy said some not-so-kind things about you] B: Yeah, but I don't know why. I never said anything. My coat-tails are getting dirty.
- [Q:Your fans seem to want to know your favorite color] B: Chrome.
- Putting on a suit, a little make-up ... It feels the right thing to do.
- I believe that we live on. Maybe the body dies, but I think you get a new one. I look at the trees and the sun, the air and the water. Everything is just too perfect, down to our digestive system. [Jane, Oct. '06]
- A rental car in Savannah, Georgia. In the middle of touring we had a week off. I have a problem with flying so instead of going home, my wife came to me and we rented a car and drove around. Just pulled off on some dirt roads... [craziest place he had sex] [Jane, Oct. '06]
- In my case she would have to be..... evil. [laughs] [How a girl can get a song written about her]
- America is last in line to believe we are what we are, and I will not stop until they understand. They will understand one day...
- I was driving home one day and it dawned on me the man who sings Human doesn't wear a mustache. So that's when I decided to shave.
- I remember kicking a boy that my mom babysat and hurting him and feeling guilty for the first time in my life. [earliest memory]
- Who are we to deny the world pleasure?
- They don't write about it when we give each other hugs and kisses.
- I'm not very good at talking about the songs. I'm better at singing the songs.
- I'll say it was a terrible experience, and I was a lot older than most people. [first time he had sex]
- I'm a romantic guy.
- Eventually I’m going to enter the salt-and-pepper stage of my life where I’ll have a “distinguished attractiveness.” But really, I could have decades more of hotness. [Blender, Sept. '06]
- [Q:gypsies: hot or not?] B: Hot! I would defend a gypsy. [Blender, Sept. '06]
-Jean Paul Gaultier started to make eyeliner for men. Once you have the beard and you put the eyeliner on, you get a whole new thing going — a gypsy thing. [Blender, Sept. '06]
-I gotta give Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow credit for Moses because it’s such a strong name... [Blender, Sept. '06]
-[Q:Hot or Not: Hot new sexual position?] B: Uh, is there a new one? [Blender, Sept. '06]
-[Q:Hot or Not: Beards?] B: Beards are hot right now. [Blender, Sept. '06]
-[Q:Hot or Not: Global warming?] B: Depends on how you look at it. Al Gore is hot. [Blender, Sept. '06]
- There really is no downside to being as hot as I am. Except maybe that my hotness has caused car accidents. [Blender, Sept. '06]
- I went through a low self-esteem phase from 10 to 18. Things changed when I started playing music. [Blender, Sept. '06]
- I love Las Vegas. But whenever we play there, you see it in people's eyes, that they're just hoping you mess up or something.
- I love Las Vegas. I don't think I'll ever leave.
- I just read an interview Morrissey did where he was talking about how excited he was when 'This Charming Man' came out in the charts at No. 59. So it hit me like a ton of bricks when 'Somebody Told Me' was No. 19.
- In England they look at you like you're an alien if you say you're from Las Vegas. We've had people ask us what hotel we live in.
- Condoms. People would call down and ask me to bring condoms to the rooms, so I'd go to the gift shop and buy their condoms.
-I hate that. Like writing a song you can hum somehow cheapens it? It makes me think of this quote by Morrissey. Everybody knows how he read Oscar Wilde, Keats and Yates when he was growing up and that he wanted to be a writer. He was talking to this journalist who asked why he hadn't become a writer, and Morrissey said: 'What I do is more powerful than what you do because I can write down these words and you get it to a melody. How can you beat that?' I'm of the same opinion. I don't understand why a good melody that's memorable is a bad thing.
-I was propositioned quite a few times, -I'd get the call at my bell desk... but I declined.
- It's difficult staying normal in Vegas. You go to school with girls who say 'Well, when I get outta high school, I may as well strip.' But there are good girls there. I got a good one. She's a manager.
- We don't hear those kinds of uplifting records that could change your life being made anymore so we decided to make one ourselves.
-hey didn't embrace us, they still don't. They write nothing but bad things about us, and that kinda.. hurts your feelings. When you go home and, you go all over the world and you're so excited and really proud of what we've done and you go home and you have all this negative energy. But we get past it.
- I'm paranoid all the time because of YouTube.


- The other bands in Las Vegas hated us. They still do. We don't get much love in Las Vegas. But their girlfriends like us.
- The great thing about Vegas is the tips. You've always got this wad in your pocket, you know it's there, you want to count it all day It's exciting. I loved it.
- I think sometimes I get my way a little bit, but I've definitely not gotten my way every time, so it's definitely not a dictatorship.
- I wouldn't say I was a rebel, but I don't think the make-up would go down so well at church.
- Do you think someone spat on my burger? [upon seeing bubbles of meat juice in his burger]
- I didn't realize the lesson I learned from Morrissey at the time but I do now. He didn't deal with me in a bad way, but his bodyguards did. I know now it's ridiculous taking a guy a pizza and telling him how much you love him. As a kid you don't know that. Now I make sure not to embarrass people who approach me. [Q March '07]
- I think we're ambitious, and people aren't used to that any more. You grow up and you're told anything's possible, to reach for the stars. But you know, when somebody's doing it they get slapped on the hands and that's strange. I guess your supposed to do it quietly. [Q March '07]
- Morrissey owns a piece of my brain.
- I like to play some roulette and blackjack, and take my wife to dinner - keep the economy going.
- I don’t sleep as much, I play a lot of keyboard and drink chocolate milk, so it has been creatively stimulating giving up drink.
- I do dream about having physical confrontations with the band quite a lot, but it’s been a long time since it really happened.
- We flew over tornadoes in Texas once. It was scary and terrible, like King Kong was punching the airplane. There were a lot of people praying and crying— I was doing a little of both. [FHM Oct '06]
- I don't have anything to say to the crowd. I feel like its boring for them to watch. So me and Dave talk about DVDs, apples, bananas..
-I see us being around as long as U2 but in the way they have done it. They can do nothing wrong, it is a weird thing, they are special, you'll have to wait and see if we are special too - I think we are. I've have always felt that way, but maybe every person in a band feels that way. You never know.
We'll see!
- Life would be miserable if we went around listening to what everyone said about us. So fuck it! Here's our Christmas song.
- I'm wearing mint, man!
-I feel like Frank Sinatra when I sing it. With maybe a little bit of Morrissey and a little bit of Elvis, too. [Bones]
-Yeah, we've had problems with other bands. You know, when you walk in the room it's like... [ whistles the theme to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.] We're like gangs.
- I’m telling you what I feel. I want to be better than you.
- I mean... it goes both ways. Sometimes I hate myself... but I love myself too.
- I'm very particular about the way I do my T-shirts. The moment I take them out of the dryer is very precise. I like them still a little damp.
- We just kinda.. stared at him. (McCartney)
- I've forgotten how beautiful the voices were of the people of this Grand Rapids, Grand...fuck!, Dallas area! And they ask me why I don't talk so much inbetween songs.
- When I get into the jacket, I feel good and strong and...triumphant! [feather jacket]
- I'm a solid eight, I think. Getting more manly, a little bit more rugged. Wisdom I'd say six-and-a-quarter but I'm growing, I think.
- I'm more confident in my handsomeness than I am in my wisdom.
- I fell and slit my pants, up the crack... Someone got me more trousers and I was behind the curtain with a person on each leg trying to take off my boots. I had black underpants on so no-one saw anything. Commando would have been a disaster. A YouTube phenomenon.
- I didn't know I could be so selfless. I would do anything for my kids. Anything.
- I'm afraid for the future. I'm gonna raise my kid good.
- I would like to be an idol to everyone. Not just teens.
- My dad isn't a talker. It's hard for him to give you much. But that song has drawn me closer to him. [Thunder Road]
- Ronnie's always talking about how deodorant gives you cancer, so I don't wear it.
- I think I was a vampire for about four Halloweens in a row. I’ve always leaned toward the dark side, I guess.
- Our main selling point really is that we are the greatest band ever to have come out of Las Vegas.
- I'm not saying I'm in this position because I'm good-looking, but it certainly helps.
- Conundrum, desert and Ammon -- it's my son's name. [favorite words]
- You know what I would change about this moment? Nothing.
- I used to wear a lot more glitter. Now everyone's wearing makeup. I mean, Green Day? Come on. At least leave us the makeup.
- For the next album, I'm gonna be a hunk of burning love.
- Neon Tiger is about a tiger.
- When I do an interview in Europe I get treated with respect, like I’m David Byrne.
- Saxophone has become the mustache of Day & Age.
- If Vegas was in heaven, that's what a Killers gig is like.
- I still take out the trash and vacuum, I change my baby's diapers. I think we're pretty solid.
- I tend to have a chip on my shoulder.
- You buy a sandwich and hope that it pleases the palette. I'm in the business of writing songs and I hope they please your ears.
- I feel more comfortable with a microphone in my face than probably walking down the street.
- A guy came up to me once, he worked at GQ, and he said "you have great GPS!" and I said "what is GPS?" and he said "great personal style."
- When I'm high, I feel lazy and it doesn't motivate me. Some people love to write, but it makes me want to watch TV.
- I have never done illegal drugs in my whole life. Not even a drag of a joint. [o rly]
- I just don't know how I feel about a million Europeans singing "I don't want to be an American Idiot."
- I wash my face with... My wife got it for me... What's it called, hon? Philosophy. It's really good stuff. [GQ, Sept. '06]
- You don't have to be a poet to say something profound, but a poet in the midst of jealousy helps.
- I don't know how their nipples don't fall out.
- The people who are sitting down - you're killing me. We are not The Fray. [in concert]

- If he didn't have the helmet on, it wouldn't have freaked me out at all!
- Basically we're just ripping off Moulin Rouge.
- They take your money, and your women. That's kinda what we are. Pirates.
- Earlier, I met with my tailor here, Joseph, for about an hour. People in Las Vegas can’t really get their heads around how tight I want something to be— it blows their minds. But Joseph, he understands me.
- No. I've always been very aware of my sexuality. I'm very comfortable with that. I do like women. From very early on. Probably too early.
- I'm on a mission to bring back the boat shoe.
- My parents took me to see Silence of the Lambs when I was 7 years old. That could explain a lot.
- They would live in huts but they would have Doritos.. so they're almost for real.
- I think we scared all the girls off with the facial hair from Sam’s Town.
- The occasional bra is tossed on stage. I usually don't touch them.
- Are you serious? I can't imagine never having eaten a Twinkie.
- I think they would probably kick the band out and I would be the next American Idol.
- I don’t know what Gossip Girl is.
- Thank you for having us and our feathers.
- I had an epiphany in the shower the other day.
- Would Elvis be the same if he dressed like the guy who mows your lawn?
- Free Martha, man.
- How am I gonna celebrate? Well I've put away at least three bottles of water, yeah its crazy times.
- We're gonna play this last song as hard we can. Are you willing to receive it as hard as you can?
- Word to the wise: Start a band, just on the off chance that one day you will get to pet Brobee.
- Well, before a show, you know, to relax, we like to kill someone.
- Our fans are very smart people!
- I really do believe the world is better with The Killers in it.
- Briefs. I think it's a very grown up thing to do.
-Yeah, in the Palms, and then we went to London to finish it because we fell behind. A lot of it was my fault, because I didn't have the lyrics done....So we took three months longer making the album than we anticipated.
- Sainsburys humus and salt and vinegar crisps, and you put it on two slices of white bread and it's.. lunch.
- I don't look so hot in cheerleading uniform.
- Pirates are alright.
- When you're prolific you should put it out. In the '60s and '70s, it was sometimes three albums a year for people. That would be ideal for us, since we love to write and play new stuff, but that's just not how it is anymore. So it'll be a good year and a half between records, but the sooner the better. We want to stick around and give people good things to listen to.
- I had a brother who was 12 years older than me, and he was into the Cars, the Beatles, Morrissey, and The Cure. He was always watching U2's Rattle and Hum and Morrissey videos. I would sneak into his room when he was at school. He had the coolest posters.
- I could get shot for this, but I don't think having a museum in your town makes you better than anyone else. I'm really sick of that attitude. Maybe that's me being ignorant. But we did fine without it. I mean, you can watch movies and read books, and there is music, you've just got to find it. We did it all on our own.
- I learned the difference between good girls and bad girls. I can tell the second I meet someone.
- I remember hearing girls behind me in english class talking about turning 18 and being old enough to strip. It wasn't weird at the time.
- The White Stripes would be on it. The strokes, Franz Fedinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon. Those are my favorites. You could throw Interpol on it. I don't like The Stills. [mixtape]
- I don't know if I see drugs or slutty girls or something it just might be me who turns away. I don't know it it's just the way I am, saying 'I'm going to bed now' or if it's from being raised Mormon.

- The androgyny means we appeal to boys and girls. That's really important to us. [Somebody Told Me]
- It's about a football player from my high school. Teachers favor the football players and wrestlers. It's made known: these guys are special. In fact, the teachers encouraged the hierarchy, as a lot of them were coaches too...it's a song for a loner. [Andy]
- Every band gives a thought to their image. Even the ones who don't appear to care, or look like they haven't bothered, have made a conscious decision specifically not to look like they've made an effort.
- The song is a cliché. But that's good because it makes it more memorable. And that's what you want songs to be. [Somebody Told Me]
-Like, two stars in Rolling Stone. But there have been a lot of great things said about it too, most of it from England and Europe. A lot of great press has been written about the record. [MTV, Oct. '06]
- People over here (UK) aren't afraid to admit that they like something. If they hear a good song they're gonna clap and scream. In the US it's much harder to get people to appreciate you.
-Fonzie was at our show... He was there for Morrissey though. He liked us. We converted the Fonz.
- Yeah, somebody's gotta do it. We love bands like the Strokes and things like that, but we want to take it - not necessarily just mainstream - but to a bigger level, even song-wise. I mean, the Strokes are great, but they don't have U2 quality, like stadium. And we're not really afraid to say, 'I wouldn't mind playing in a stadium with big songs.'
- I don't think great bands come out of great music scenes. I don't need some local person to inspire me.
-We were so worried about what was going to happen in these past few months, as you watch other bands slide into oblivion after big debut albums. It's scary.
-I watched the other [Vegas] bands worry so much about these small gigs that didn't mean anything. I mean, it meant something to play out, but they worried, you know, about other local bands... My head wasn't with the local scene, it was always above it.
- I mean, if I made chairs, I would want people to buy my chairs, you know? So I don't care if it's a cool person, I don't care if it's somebody people think is an idiot, you still want them to buy it. I want as many people to hear it as possible. ... We all like the big bands, and we're not afraid to be one.
- First of all, I was a bell-man. And it wasn't as exciting as it's made out to be. It was usually just miserable. I'd make like $2 on the graveyard shift. It was Western-themed, and sometimes, when the rodeo was in town, I used to have to cart these really heavy brass sculptures into the cowboys' rooms, like an old man smoking a pipe, or a cowboy riding a bull. I don't know what was going on with that.
- It's OK to be young at heart, but humping someone's leg is ... well, a little too young.
- Everything today sucks ... Bands like The Stills bother me because they're all style and no substance. It's totally obvious that these kids don't love the classics like we love them. They're just in it for the now.
- Yeah there's got to be some kind of continuity to our sound at the moment as people are just getting to know us. We want to do a great first album, then the second album will be a little bit different and the third will be a total change. People may think they know our sound but it changes constantly, each song is different.
- I was a bellhop. I saw people get drunk and lose all their money, so it was a good example of what not to do.
-Do you know that Rolling Stone didn't want to put us on the cover last time? They didn't think we were stars. We sold five million albums! What more do they want from a band?
- The only one who hasn't lost a step is Morrissey. He's my hero.
- That's a funny thing. What's a guilty pleasure anyway? I guess it's something you like for its quality in spite of it being uncool at the time. People used to call Duran Duran a guilty pleasure. Michael Stipe was doing an interview recently and he was saying that he used to consider them his guilty pleasure even though he would insult them publicly. He regretted it, saying that today he believes that they were a strong band. So, I don't really mind the characterization so long as people eventually come around to appreciating what we're trying to do.
- I knew she was screwing someone else. I guess I should have done something but I'm not a violent person. But it really affected me. I would physically throw up... jealousy is a terrible, terrible experience...I wouldn't be here if we hadn't written Mr Brightside. I have no regrets. And they've split up now, so I hear. She knows she fucked up.
- I grew up thinking that people were watching me. I know that makes me weird but it's who I am. I like people watching me.
- Bands want to pick fights with us. We're not New York cool, we are proud to have a pop element to us.
- I'm not gay. I can't even be bothered to start some kind of intrigue about it. Bowie could nurture that sort of mystique, but this is an age where everyone knows everything about you in 10 seconds.
- It's just too easy for people to think, Oh, they're from Vegas so they must be shallow and fake. But I would say the opposite. We formed a band and did things in the face of everything around us. There was no one like us in Vegas or even in America. We gambled and that's the only thing that comes from our hometown.
- We're definitely not afraid of pop - I love pop music. I understand a lot of the indie thing, but you ask me what my favorite bands are, and I'd say the Beatles and U2 and bands that were not indie bands. They sold records and wanted people to hear their music, and that's what we want. So I'd say we're a rock band that has pop sensibilities.
- But as for the rock… what people considered rock ‘n’ roll - it just wasn’t real. You’d see these guys in their videos and their photo shoots, and it was just obvious. They’d have on brand new clothes, and their hair just got perfectly highlighted. …the record labels would kick people out of bands if they didn’t look right… people were on diets… we’re getting away from that. I mean, I think that’s still gonna exist, but a lot of bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes and the White Stripes and us and Franz Ferdinand – we’re all real, you know what I mean? We all dress ourselves and write our songs.
- Mr. Brightside is a true story, man. It’s just a song about how dark and deep imagination can take you.

- It’s like when you’re young, and you just know songs – I want to have songs like that. And indie bands aren’t going to have those kinds of songs - they’re just not.
- We’re definitely not afraid of pop – I love pop music. I mean, that’s what I’d say the Beatles were. Even at their most experimental, they were a pop band.
- It’s beautiful at night – it’s such a pretty city at night.
-I've admitted before, I can't help but want to look at the press and see what people are saying," he said. "I realized how many people didn't like us while we were making this album. I guess you can't please everybody. Anyhow, it's getting through all of that and getting past all the people that want it to be a sophomore slump so they can say that. It's getting through all that and saying, 'This is what we like.
- The market is insane. It's dog-eat-dog. So we want to write better songs than everyone so we can keep going. Because as fast as this is happening, it will go away just as quickly if the second album sucks.
- I don't sing about wanting to kill myself, and there's not all this publicity about what a cokehead I am. People think there's no way we can be this good. Maybe if I was on heroin or talked about how difficult life is, it would help. But this is what we are, and I'm glad the people who come to the shows and buy the records seem to like it.
- What's happening is people are picking the good stuff out of the '80s. It was taboo for a while, but that was just the hair metal or the stupid clothes, whatever they wanted to make fun of. But there were some awesome bands, and that's what's getting recognized again.
- Being in other places has made us all appreciate Las Vegas even more. People are a lot friendlier there, the food is great and it's cold everywhere else. We were in New York in January and it was sick. I don't know how people do it.
-I'll do stuff that some people don't want to do, 'cause I want people to hear the music. The Rolling Stone [refusing a cover story] thing made the record label think: 'What can we do to make them stars?' If I go on vacation with my wife, do they have to send somebody to be there to take pictures of me? Is that how you become a star? I don't want that. I walked down the red carpet one time and I realized I don't like it. But you don't have to walk down the red carpet for people to hear your music. We do still have some of that indie blood running through our veins.
- Bands used to make albums like U2's, huge uplifting efforts that could change your life. But we don't hear those kinds of records being made anymore, so we decided to make one ourselves.
- I was propositioned quite a few times, but I declined. And a couple of times it was with a couple of women -I'd get the call at my bell desk ... But I never did it.
-I love the desert. I always thought that I'd wanna live in England, because I had this fascination with Manchester, Oasis and New Order. But when I finally went to England on tour for a few weeks, all I kept thinking was 'I wanna go home.' I love my home.
- I've been given this great position to be in. I feel really lucky. It's almost too good to be true. That started making me feel like it's inevitable that something really bad's gonna happen.
- He watched us play, watched the whole set. And on our way back to our dressing room he asked if I wanted to [sing with him], right after we played. It was great. I was dying! I had a perma-grin. [Springsteen]
- I’ve already got the tickets, we’ve got the babysitter. I would not be in this band if Pretty in Pink didn’t exist. Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order, the Smiths and Psychedelic Furs — the music on that soundtrack is the stuff that shaped me.
-Well, we all have a little Duckie inside us.
- This could be the worst that we've ever looked. So it's bound to start looking up. America is a special place, and people have always looked to it as a place of hope, and I think that's still alive. And I believe in it, and I'm proud to be from there. Nobody wants to see their country or people looked at the way we've been looked at recently. You can just feel the itch. People are waiting for a renaissance.
- That didn't help us out either [in America]. People love Green Day. Anyone that maybe would have been on the fence with us, that was a real decider that they didn't like us. [Green Day controversy]
- I don't wake up and say, "I'm the greatest."
-When you walk around Liverpool, you think of The Beatles, or you go to Manchester and you think of The Smiths or Oasis. I want you to come to Las Vegas and think of Sam's Town. And I think we've started to capture that, which is a truer version of The Killers, 'cause that's where we're from.... I used to live across the street from Sam's Town. Maybe it'll be like our Abbey Road where people go to take pictures.... I wouldn't mind it.
- I can see the Strokes play or Franz Ferdinand play and it's real, and I haven't gotten that from the Bravery. I think people will see through them.
- Emo is dangerous. There's a creature inside me that wants to beat all those bands to death.
-He should feel grateful that he's [been] given the gift to write pop songs - which he needs to write again! [Thom Yorke, '06]
-You have fucking Green Day and 'American Idiot'. Where do they film their DVD? In England. A bunch of kids screaming 'I don't want to be an American idiot.'  [The Word, Nov. '06]
-You have the right to say what you want to say and what you want to write about, and I'm sure they meant it in the same way that Bruce Springsteen meant 'Born In The USA' and it was taken wrongly, but I was really offended when I saw them do that. I just thought it was really cheap. To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song - those kids aren't taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it. [The Word, Nov. '06]
-People need to see that, really, there are the nicest people in the world here! I don't know if our album makes you realize that. But I hope it's from a more positive place. [The Word, Oct. '06]
- I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me. [Green Day filming American Idiot DVD in UK] [The Word, Nov. '06]
-I think the facial hair looks good. It will be around for a while.
- I think people are lazy, and that goes for making music too.
- It's brutal. Yeah, it's brutal... The great thing that came from it is it put- I always had a chip on my shoulder, but the chip really got bigger. We started to play live and I really sang my guts out, I wanted to show them how good this album is - 'look at these people's reactions to it.' We became a really powerful live band by the end of Sam's Town. And I really think it's because of the bad reviews.
- My mom actually cleaned hotels at one time so I'm very cautious of leaving messes at hotels. So I guess I'm a walking contradiction.


- If The Killers would've come up from New York, we would have either not existed or we would've just been a very small maybe indie band- because there's just so much pressure to be cool everywhere else. I had no idea these words- 'indie' and 'hipster' and all this stuff just did not exist in Nephi, Utah. And I liked it because I liked it. And we make songs that we like. It doesn't matter... we don't understand the idea of discriminating people from your music and not wanting this group to like you or that group to like you. It's always just been about shooting for the stars
- I mean we're going for it. When I sit down at a piano or when the band gets together and we're jamming- we are trying to write something better than Where the Streets Have No Name, you know. Why... wouldn't you want to?
- The weirdest thing about it was my mom had gone through with my brother 12 years before me liking this particular type of music that I ended up liking. and the last thing you want is your mom to know... y'know kids in my school, cause I lived in this weird town in Utah, these kids had never heard of New Order or Morrissey... but my mom knew it, and so sometimes I struggled with that. [laughs]
- I think people are afraid of their idols. We hold them up so high that we don't think its possible to achieve what they've achieved. There's been so much rock'n'roll history and so many people that we hold up here that it's really difficult to overcome and put yourself in their shoes.
- Led Zepplin and Nirvana are two of the most talented groups of men that have ever played instruments. They were very gifted individuals. All I was saying was that we hold them up so high that we don't allow young bands to reach their full potential and we don't believe that they can reach their full potential. We don't believe that they can be there. And I believe that as gifted as they were they were just humans, and that it's possible to get there. It's a very optimistic positive thing actually. I believe there are young bands that can do it, and I believe that I can do it. I want to.
- To the haters, I have faith in you.
- I think it's good to keep 'em guessing, throw them a curve ball.
- This has been the first time in my life I've been able to grow a mustache, so I'm kind of excited about that.
-On 'Sam's Town' I talked about my Grandma Dixie and I was embarrassed to show it to anyone but I've obviously overcome it now. I don't know why because it seems like such an easy thing. I don't know why but on the first album it seemed so much easier for me to make up things. I really love that song, I just took my time on it.
- I mean who's the U2 of the 90s? U2.
- I've never heard of Shed Seven. But I guarantee we're better than Shed seven. So I really don't care to talk about Shed Seven anymore.
- I understand you should take advantage and make a DVD and sell 200,000 copies and put money in our pocket. But you can't top the excitement I had buying that first DVD of Morrissey after 20 years. I'd like to make our fans have that excitement.
- Maybe cool bands never got big enough to play in stadiums. Bands like Matchbox 20 and Creed did. If the Beatles were around they'd play in stadiums. If you just want to play at small shows, what are you going to do? Stay in the one town for 15 nights? I still love playing in dirty, sweaty small places, but I'd love to have 15 hits and go and play in a stadium.
- We're going to up the ante. The world wants it. They want a big show, a big tour, something exciting. We're going to try to be that band.
- Now, rock bands are actually starting to make people dance instead of elbow each other.
- People compare The Bravery to The Killers and The Bravery are offended. I took offense to that. I mean, we sold them our van, they use our press people... When we moved up to a bus, yeah. I mean, we've done nothing but open doors for them. That's all we're saying - they could have been more gracious about that.
- I've never really had a taste for tea. I've probably only had about 5 cups of tea in my whole life.
- If we have one or two songs on every record that remind people of something in their lives, it'll help our music last forever. And that's what I really want.
- I don't think I will be staying in a tent at any festivals this year. These days I prefer the Four Seasons.
- I came out with a big mouth. And I feel bad for my band, because they've got nothing to do with it.
- There's something to be said about a song that's so catchy that the first time you hear it, you love it. But there's something more long-lasting about about these new songs. And there's not a day that goes by that I don't see, looking into the audience, the songs growing on them more and more.
- I said it a long time ago; I don't know how it crept up. It wasn't taken out of context, really. The point was, if they're so punk rock, why don't they make their DVD in Washington, D.C., instead of in England with a bunch of English kids singing "I don't want to be an American idiot"? Do it in front of the White House or something. [Green Day]
- In New York we're usually scared to death. And I don't have anything to say to the crowd. The whole "entertain us" Nirvana line is true - people want that. It's like you have to be a great songwriter and a comedian. Which sucks for me, because I'm not good. I feel like it's real boring for them to watch.
-I just wasn't ready for it. I remember being in a bathroom at our gig in New York and I heard two guys speaking outside saying, 'Oh, Bowie's coming tonight and make sure he gets in and gets this table.' There was a pause and the guy goes, 'David Bowie?' That was just shocking to me. And we play and I can just see him and I'm sure it was the worst show we've ever played. I wasn't ready for that. Maybe in a couple of years I will be.
-I was worried about a sophomore slump when I was twelve years old. I didn't even have any plans of releasing an album. It's just something that you know about. It's just something that's there. So yeah, we were nervous.
- I saw The Flaming Lips in New York. A real treat. They take you to another place, and Wayne Coyne has a gift. He has charisma like Jack Nicholson.
- When I go past Strawberry Fields, or see a sign for Vauxhall and you think of Morrissey, that's what I want you to feel when you see the sign for Sam's town. [Q Dec '06]
- On Hot Fuss I was trying to write hits. We wanted success. Sam's Town is more a natural statement of who I am without trying to second guess what people might think. I am Brandon from Las Vegas, I love my town and I love America. I want to stand up for my country when so many bad things are being said about it.[Q Dec '06]
- When we came out with Hot Fuss I was very young and a bit dumb and I wanted to be like all the guys in bands I read about in the British music press. They all seemed so smart and witty. I came out trying to be cool and saying stupid things about bands I'd never met. I really did think it mattered whether Morrissey liked me or not. Now... I don't.
- I felt like there was maybe some match-making going on. I was taken to this girl and I couldn't tell if she was 10 or 20. They were like, have a picture taken together, you two look great together. [Donatella Versace and her daughter; Q Dec '06]
- You met my father, right? Sam's Town is about his America. I was born late, a surprise. None of my contemporaries are raised by people like him and my mom anymore. They met on a trailer park aged seven. He left school at 15 and they started dating when they were 16. He raced cars. They had Elvis and the Beatles and cars made of metal, and people were nice. Classic America. Now we've got Paris Hilton and designer this and that. Nothing I see about 2006 will be remembered as classic.
- We just have to make the best album that we can. And we're doing it. This album is one of the best albums in the past 20 years. There's nothing that touches this album. And that sounds like I'm being cocky, but I'm just so excited. I hope that helps people. I hope people hear this album and realize that you don't need to worry about the second album. [MTV, May '06]
- It's one of the best albums of the past 20 years. I'm serious. Nothing touches this album.
- It used to be if you threw a TV out of a window, there had to be some cosmic reason behind it, some mythology. In the Sixties, it was probably exciting and new. But now, when I hear about people doing that, I just think they're asses.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - None of us have a live-fast, die-young thing. I love the earth, I think it's beautiful and I want to stick around. It's the same with our career. We could leave now, and there's gonna be people that will remember us in 30 years. But we want to stick around.
-It is difficult for us because we do shoot somewhere down the middle, which is a good thing I guess. We have our ambitions but we also have our reluctances. There are some bands that are too reluctant and discriminate against people and there are people who do everything and are just whores but we are real.
- Well, I still have those tugs of wanting to do things that I think I'm supposed to do because I'm in a rock'n'roll band. And it sounds fun when you read about it - people hanging out in hotel rooms for three days together. But David Gilmour said he wished he hadn't done any of that stuff. And that's David Gilmour.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - Well, bands are businesses. The Killers is a business. And we have to be happy with what our company's producing. We approve every picture, every article, if there's ever going to be anything in movies or... A lot of bands leave it up to their manager or their label but we don't. We want to look back on our career and be proud.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - I don't know. I feel pretty cool, sometimes.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - Right now, we are the best band. We raised the bar with this album.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - The Strokes are good. The Kooks are good. But they don't have this album. We're waiting for it to explode.
[GQ UK Nov '06] - Yeah, it's like prayer. Doctors say people who have religion are more likely to outlast diseases. Like if a Catholic and an atheist have cancer, then the Catholic's got a better chance. it's the optimism, the faith. Music is like that - it gives elation and a belief in something that's good. When you pay your $25 to go see a band, and it's like a religious experience, you can beat cancer.
[whether music can save lives; GQ UK Nov '06] - There's so many. Like when I was 15, seeing Morrissey for the first time in Salt Lake City. It was for Maladjusted - totally underrated album. Every bit as good as You Are The Quarry. The anticipation for something that is better than you are. And it absolutely was. That was the best moment in my life. [religious music experience; GQ UK Nov '06]
- We grew up with the billboards of Sinatra and Engelbert Humperdinck. So we definitely got some of the showmanship. And we got the optimism. Vegas is an optimistic place - everyone wants to win a fortune and have a sweet life.[GQ UK Nov '06]
- I love Sam's Town. I don't regret saying that. I'd put it up against OK Computer. I'd put it up against Achtung Baby. It's what I'm here for: Thom Yorke's not gonna make another Ok Computer; he's making a bunch of noise. I was reading an old interview with Springsteen about how he went into Born to Run wanting to make the best rock & roll album that'd ever been made. People think it's pretentious, but I looked at that album and I looked at Hunky Dory, and Springsteen and Bowie were 24 when they made them. I was like, 'I've got to up the ante.' [Blender, Nov. '06]
- I'd rather be known for writing good songs than be the next Axl Rose.
- My dad always wanted old phones around, old cars to work on. You're not going to want my wife's Prius to work on in 50 years. You're not going to want my Blackberry. And with that there are human things we are losing too. Little kids with these things [cellphones]. That sucks.
- We're also the toughest rock act. Which is pretty sad! [VMAs]
- I feel kind of bad that his name has been attached to us, because what if he doesn't like it? All I did was tell a journalist that's what I was listening to. The album doesn't sound like "Born to Run." People get brainwashed into thinking that's what it sounds like because of what they've read. [Newsweek, Oct. '06]
-We're going to be [touring] up until the 21st. So we'll make it home just in time for Christmas. I just want to kind of be normal for a week. It's difficult when you first come home and you're living out of your suitcase on buses all year. It's hard to come home sometimes. But it's going to be fun. I'll probably go to the mountains and hang around and ski, and do all that stuff.
- They said I'd put a curse on the record. I still feel that way about the album, though. I don't take it back.
- I get along with people. I love people. I want to help people. I was upset that people thought of me as this bitchy, pompous person who wears expensive jackets. That's all they were seeing. It's not how I was raised. It's not how I want to be perceived, it's not how I am.
- I'm honest. I get it from my dad. I was raised on the phrase, 'Tell it like it is' and that's a good thing. People asked me what I thought about a band and I told them. Now I'm seeing that may not be the best thing. I appreciate what other bands are doing. We're lucky to be as successful as we are. Everyone's out there doing what they're doing and there's nothing wrong with it. I kinda have a different view now.
- Bands these days are like gangs - pirates and cowboys. I'd love to bridge that gap. Heaven forbid we'd do a duet with somebody like they used to, but we'd like to bring that back.
- I still love the mystery of Morrissey. We've already done far more than he would have done. We're somewhere in the middle, which is where I see our band. I understand indie. I understand that mentality, but I can't deny the excitement of being humongous, of bringing tons of people together to celebrate. We walk the line.
- Morrissey put a DVD out and I was so excited after waiting so long for it. I'd have been less excited if on every single there's been all this extra footage.
- You have these new types of bands, emo bands, who are on their website every day talking to their fans. They want to put everything out... I'm going to dig a hole for myself here again, but they're setting themselves up to be short-lived. They have to milk it while they can. I like to have some wonder about bands. I want the Killers to have that wonder. You have these emo bands, as soon as they start getting hair on their chests, their careers are going to be over.
-It's ridiculous. If you had an imagination of what Babylon is like, it's this place. It's so bad. The world is strange... [The Palms]
- I just love the smell of casinos. It was nice to go in there and have that smell, that noise. They pump a lot of oxygen into those places, so there's the combination of fresh air with cigarette smoke, the slot machines... I don't know what it is, but it's a great smell.
- It's very alive in there, even though it's completely depressing, people losing their money.
- I think When You Were Young shreds Mr Brightside. I'm happy I'm in the band I'm in because I think we're really good, but when I think about music in general, it feels as if there's a drought. That's why we have to prove we can do it again.
- I'd play songs over and over, hit the rewind button, hear it again. It was real exciting for me. [Springsteen]
- I'm lucky because she was my girlfriend before we ever played a gig, and if I wouldn't have had her, well, every girl you meet, you just don't know what their agenda is. [wife Tana Mundkowsky; Paste Oct '06]
- Me and a singer for another one of the opening bands are watching U2 play, and right before they came out he turned to me and said 'Wow! this is it!' 'Well what is 'it?'' and he said, 'Well, it's not gonna get any better than this.' I'm not telling you who it was. But that's when I realized that we're different. And it doesn't mean that we're cocky, or that guy is inferior or anything. It's just that we're different than other people, because that isn't it for me. Opening for U2 is not my pinnacle. I wanna have opening bands myself at that Cardiff stadium in 10 years. So I guess we're still looking up, still shooting for the stars. [probably about Starsailor member; Paste Oct '06]
-Everybody has the vision emblazoned in their brain of the bandanna and his ass in front of the flag, and everybody knows the fucking seven singles from Born in the U.S.A. But I never realized that there was a 21-year-old Bruce Springsteen out there that I could go buy, and just how ahead of his time he was, and how smart he was. I mean, I had no idea.[Paste Oct '06] -'Lost in the Flood', 'Sandy' and 'Brilliant Disguise?' What a great way to describe everyone - 'Is that you, baby, or just a brilliant disguise?' I never thought, 'Is my wife like that?' I looked at my wife differently after that song, I'll tell ya. I'm still with her, I still love her. But I'm just saying, Bruce has got that... that ability. [Paste Oct '06] - In 20 years, I want it to be us. You'll start to heat the Killers on classic rock radio. That's what we're here for. We wanna be around. And I think we're just beginning to make our mark.
[Paste Oct '06] - I was about 12-years-old and I had just bought my first cassette, the Cars, and I was very proud of myself because I was, you know, developing. I was becoming this musical man, it felt like. I was into this rock 'n' roll band, the Cars, and it felt like my world was getting bigger.
- I thought when it came out that it was bulletproof — even against critics. [Sam's Town] [Dose.ca, Oct. '06]
- People focus so much on our English influences. I think it was talked about a lot. It almost made me feel bad about myself. Not that we’re not proud of those influences, because that’s where a lot of the great music in the world has come from, but I wanted to represent where I was from, and this is just kind of an overblown version of that — the bow-tie and boots.
- I had a chip on my shoulder because people didn’t like the band — that lit my fire. That put me on the stage and got me in people’s faces, because I knew how good ‘Mr. Brightside’ was and I knew how good ‘Jenny was a Friend of Mine’ was. It was fun playing in those bars and thinking, ‘I know how good these songs are and eventually everyone’s going to know.’
- You are instantly considered a professional at something [after that success] and now there are business decisions that we have to make. When you’re thrown into that, you’re forced to grow up. We’ve all grown up quite a bit in the past few years.
- I just say what comes to me, and that's what came to me [when asked]. [20 year quote] [Detroit News, Oct. '06]
-I don't feel bad about it. We're excited about (the album). I'm not going to put my tail in between my legs. [20 year quote] [Detroit News, Oct. '06]
-I'm in a rock and roll band, and we're here to take it as far as we can go. And if we're not trying to make the best album in the last 20 years, then, you know, I don't know what the hell I should be doing, but it ain't this. [Detroit News, Oct. '06]
- I was just driving down the road one day, and I heard 'Born to Run' for the hundred thousandth time, but that day it sounded different. I don't know, I felt like I was hearing it through a man's ears, or through a different person's ears, and I just wanted to buy more of it. It's just such a surprise to fall in love with something again. [Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. '06]
- If you look at music, it's like climbing a tree, and so many people get caught on one branch. We want to swing from branch to branch, and there's so many different songs and different genres, why [would] you want to get stuck on [one]?
- I think the best bands are able to throw away things that aren’t up to snuff. We’re able to do that. You’ve got to be able to say: “This isn’t good enough and I can do better” and push on. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- We don’t worry too much about chart positions or anything about that but no matter what this album does in the first and second week, in 20 years when you look back I think Sam’s Town is going to be one of the greats. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- Sam’s Town is a casino hotel which I grew up near in Las Vegas. It was always a part of my life, a monument for me. I wanted to make my mark on Las Vegas in a similar way to things I see in Manchester which are associated with Smiths songs. Like Abbey Road will always be part of The Beatles. I love those types of things. They’re marking their territory and feeling proud of it and that’s how I feel about Las Vegas. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- I was taught to be like that. My dad always said: “You tell it like it is.” It’s stuck with me, I guess, and now some people hate it. But from now on I’m just going to focus on things that I like rather than dislike and tell that like it is — to keep the guys happy! [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- It just came out of thin air. Songs are out there and it’s just about being lucky enough to be in that moment to grab it. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- Both of our Glastonburys have been wonderful and memorable. Maybe we’ll headline Glastonbury next year. Who knows? No one’s asked us yet. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- Those disputes ended up being in bad taste in so many ways. It wasn't a good look for us. It also associated us with bands we didn't want to be associated with. We've moved on.
- Yeah, I recently wore this gold suit, and the pants took it over the edge. They were gold and they didn’t have any pockets in my butt. I looked like a figure skater. I didn’t plan it that way. I had the specifically made for last summer’s festivals, but I’ve since swapped the pants for a black pair. In fact, the guy who made the suit actually made Elvis’s gold suits. We went to Graceland and I saw a picture of Elvis in the entire gold outfit. Then I walked down the hall and saw a picture of Elvis with just the Gold jacked and the black pants. I think he had the same revelation. It was a very expensive suit. I’m not telling you how much.
- We’re not ashamed of covering Romeo and Juliet. It's one of the finest songs ever. Brilliant melodies.
- I’m part of each of them. My torso is probably more Morrisey and my forearm is Neil Tennants. Oh, and my other arm is Robert Smith. It’s a terminator amalgamation of different people.
- We used to get pimps going to the hotels a lot. They would promise a good tip as you loaded the car. They never would. Pimps and gypsies, terrible tippers.
- Has to be Coca-Cola, really. Bin the rest: keep the Coke. As long as I have Coke, I don't need to eat. I think my mother used to put it in my bottle when I was a baby.
- My one tip is: keep it on. You know it actually looks better the next day. After it's smudged a bit. [eyeliner]
- Absolutely, I remember if we saw someone famous in the hotel we'd get a buzz because it meant our earnings would go up that night. I try and do just that. I even make sure a bellhop carried my bag up to my room when staying at hotels just so I can tip them. I mean, I don't want a cookie or anything but I know how much it means. I got a massage from a 50 year old woman a few days ago. Yeah you thing you're going to get some hot blonde 20 year old, right? Anyway, I did try to persuade her to not do the massage but she  insisted. It was mothers day. so I gave her a good hefty tip.
- When I was living in Las Vegas with a few friends, we smoked weed laced with PCP one night. around the rougher neighborhoods they have those police search copters, the ones you always see on TV following gangsters in cars. We call them ghetto birds, and after we'd smoked that stuff, we jumped into a car and were convinced we were being followed. we got to the house, closed the blinds and just sat on the floor in the dark, practically crying. That was the last time I smoked that stuff.
- I'm struggling a little bit with Truman Capote's fist novel at the moment, Other Voices, Other Rooms. I liked his short stories but I need to work on my attention span.
- It's kind of a shame. We'll sell out the Vegas show but it'll be a lot of people from LA. The people who filled Sasha's aren't going to be in the front as they were before we sold any records.They're going to be bitching about it on blogs.
-No, it was a personal experience. It's a very long story, but really... err... I'm a very jealous guy, I'm very old fashioned and I don't like my women to have male friends. [Mr. Brightside]
-The line of pop is dumbed down now, we like to take it back to the day when it wasn't, when you had The Cars or The Beatles. When there was big mainstream bands making real pop songs. We don't mind being big but we want to do it our way. We wanna be for the people by the people.
- I don't even remember that much of the performance. We'd been touring in America and hadn't really been in England much, but we came over in the summer to play some festivals. Something had happened while we were gone- the love of the Killers had seriously elevated or something because the place was going crazy. And when we walked out onstage, I don't remember ever having felt like that before. We were totally embraced by everyone there- it sort of caught us off guard. And I felt like a rock star for the first time. [Glasto '04]
- Well it's just like Christmas really, isn't it? In America we believe in God and have Christmas, in England everything is more secular. It's like you guys believe in Glastonbury and that's beautiful. I've never seen such an exciting scene. It's completely magical, like there's something in the air, I guess. That's not to bring down the other festivals, at all. Bringing people together for music is always a positive thing. But Glastonbury is just special.
- All of the bands that have really done well have wanted it just as much as we want it. Things don't fall into your lap, it's about a hunger and a desire and, of course, we do have that.
- If Green Day are so punk rock, why don't they play in front of the White House? I was personally offended by The Green Day DVD (Bullet in a Bible live at Milton Keynes). Why record it in England? Why not in Washington DC? I'm not trying to pick a bone with anybody. But I was offended by seeing a bunch of English kids screaming "I don't want to be an American idiot." I don't really want to get involved in politics: it's not really my place. I feel like I don't know enough about what's going on. I don't think a lot of people know enough. It's our human right to be upset with war- nobody wants war, but there is a lot of the other side that we really don't know. But it's exciting to think that we could have a Black president. It's exciting to think we could have a woman president. It's a step in a great direction.
-Yeh, things have changed. But the song is about a girlfriend I had many years ago. I trust my instincts and feelings a lot and one night I was lying in bed and I couldn't sleep. I simply had to go by her house, and so I did, but she wasn't there. So I went by her favourite bar. And there she was - with another guy. So sometimes it pays to be superstitious. The relationship ended immediately and I'm now happily married. [Mr. Brightside]
-I still think Americans are the best people in the world. Europeans are supposed to be so open minded and liberal. but I flew over here and listened to these British people complain about Americans for two hours, I guess they assumed I was English as I was sitting right next to them. But I didn't say anything. People should realize that we all bleed red if you cut us open. In my experience Americans are the most welcoming and warm people in the world. Regardless of how many books they read or whatever specific qualities it is that people put on a pedastal. I love them, they're my people. I started to fall back in love with America as soon as I left and it had nothing to do with Bruce Springsteen. There's a Tom Waits lyric,'I never saw my hometown until I stayed away too long'- that goes for anybody.

-We'd always talked about doing a Christmas song. There have been some great ones. John Lennon, Tom Petty... those are amazing Christmas songs, and we figured it was about time people had another good one, you know?
-I probably should've called it "A Great Big Sleigh," because that's what Santa rides, but it doesn't sound very Christmassy at all. It sounds like you're going on a killing spree! Besides, sleigh' doesn't rhyme with 'red'- the next line!
-No matter what we do, it doesn't even matter how much of ourselves or our guys we put into something, people still try and take it as a laugh, you know? Saying that we're cheesy or whatever.
-Life would be miserable if we went around listening to what everyone said about us and taking ourselves too seriously. So fuck it- here's our Christmas song.
-We played our new [Sam's Town] songs in Vegas first and we got a really lukewarm reaction. We had to come over here, to Blackpool, to get the boost of confidence we needed. The love we get here in Britain is like nowhere else. 
-I'm already having to dye mine black. I keep finding little white hairs in there. I'm only 25 and I'm getting old, man! If I just let it go, I'll be white pretty soon. [his moustache]
-To be honest with you, the change in what we wear came from seeing The Horrors on the cover of NME. We're just trying to jump on their bandwagon. We figured, 'Hey, those guys dress in black all the time and they seem to be getting a lot of press, so...' We felt that we weren't getting quite enough press! [joking to NME]
-All of a sudden it just clicked, bones, brass, Tim Burton! He'd never done a music video, so we didn't think he'd ever say yes, but it all worked out. It was really exciting. At first we were afraid of him, but he instantly crushed that. My favorite film of his is probably Sleepy Hollow, but The Nightmare Before Christmas is amazing too, I just love the music on that film.
-We would love to take Sam's Town to Glastonbury, to the Pyramid, next year. Michael Eavis hasn't asked us yet, but I think they generally start asking people in the next couple of months, so I'm hoping we get the call real soon. It would be amazing to go back there.
-We are tight-rope walking, skydiving wizards. And the difference between the wizard and the magician is that the wizard's magic is real; it's not an illusion. Merry Christmas.
-I get these little shots of things in the night and I got this one when I had some time off touring. I just woke up in the middle of the night and started jotting down the lyrics. It's really exciting. [A Great Big Sled].
-It was wonderful for me because I haven't met many people that aren't fans of his. I've never really met someone that doesn't like what Tim Burton does. It's a pretty amazing thing. It's astonishing really. We were afraid of him at first. He breaks the ice really quickly. You just want to hug him. Not like he's a clown or anything, but there's something really lovable about him. We quickly got over being afraid of him, and we all warmed up to each other. It was kind of surreal. You don't think he's going to say yes to doing your music video. I still remember observing the video from behind the scenes and watching him. You see him directing people and things. I was right in front of the camera at one point and he just walked on [the set], said something to me, and walked off. I just looked over at my friend and mouthed, 'This is unreal.' 

                               

-I'm so tired. Your time off goes by so quickly. They think they're being so gracious by giving you two weeks off, but you really spend it all catching up on bills and keeping up on trying to sort out your car or whatever. You turn around and it's time to go again. [2005]
 -We didn't use too many vocal effects. On the first album, we used auto-tune, and I didn't even realize what was going on with these machines and the computer. I was adamant about not using it this time [Sam's Town]. You really hear what my voice sounds like, for the first time.
 -I have an addictive personality, so I worry about getting into poker too much. And being from Vegas, most of us have a family member with a gambling problem. But I like the occasional turn of the roulette wheel, or a little blackjack. I think I lost a couple hundred bucks during the making of Sam's Town.
-We never really considered them rivalries, we were just asked what we thought about something, it wasn't like we were upset about these bands. We answered with honesty. I should have just said 'emo was dangerous' and not named any bands. I don't want to put negativity in the world, we get it a lot from other people, why should I do that back? We are just normal people so it was strange for something that we said to be used, so we might as well use it for positive things instead of negative. We just wanna put on a great big show.
-We had a song called "Little Angela." But one cool thing about Alan and Flood is that, even though it was intended to be a B side, it was taken very seriously. So we're playing the song and, looking through the glass into the control room, I could tell Alan was upset. When Alan and Flood argued, they'd go out into the hall, and it really felt like Mom and Dad were fighting. I heard Alan say, "We're trying to make ' Peggy Sue' [into] ' With or Without You,' "which came as a blow because he was basically saying my lyrics weren't good enough. So I started singing melodies, and in two hours it was a whole different song. I think it's the best song we've ever written. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-It has caused alot of unnecessary drama. I said it a long time ago; I don't know how it crept up. It wasn't taken out of context, really. The point was, if they're so punk rock, why don't they make their DVD in Washington, D.C., instead of in England with a bunch of English kids singing "I don't want to be an American idiot"? Do it in front of the White House or something.
-The trumpets reminded me of Oingo Boingo - growing up, I was a big fan, still am - Danny Elfman was in Oingo Boingo, and he does the music for Burton films. A light turned on. We couldn't believe he said yes. It's so great. It makes you feel like a kid when you watch it. [Bones]
-It was an honor. A few days before it happened, we met him at a party in L.A. after our gig at the Troubadour. And he wasn't sure if he'd make it to New York. The reason, he said, was that he'd "just come back from London, where they had all these black cabs, and I just can't rap my head around it.... He's a strange man, but he's cool. [Axl Rose introducing TK in the VMA's].
-I like new Razorlight album - bombastic glam. And the Strokes album [First Impressions of Earth]. ' You Only Live Once' is as good as it gets.
- 'Read My Mind.' I love playing it and watching the crowd react, then playing ' Somebody Told Me' and knowing that it stands up. 
-it's my tribute to Jim Croce. [his mustache]
-it's joyous. Our songs are going to do the world good. [ST]
-I'll tell you right now. you think you'll write some shit about us, and then you won't see us again... you can't judge it by hearing it in somebody's office, one time, and waiting for the next person to run in and listen to it after you. We've been living with it for months and months, so we know what it is. [before beginning of cover interview, Spin, Dec '06]
- This time around, we've got to prove to all of you that it's for real, that it wasn't a flash in the pan, that we can do it again. It's a scary thought, that you've got to prove what you do is viable. [Spin, Dec '06
- It's gone from wanting them to hear it and like it, to wanting them to hear it and make them think, 'shit,we gotta do better.' [their musical heroes]
-I saw him working at a kiosk in the Aladdin, and I just thought 'It worked out all right.' [ an early prospective TK guitarist. Before he left Brandon's house he sneered, 'good luck with your Duran Duran thing.'- Spin, Dec '06]
- We have control that other bands don't... but the record label has a faith in us, because they know that we want to do what we're doing. We want to be big, and they're not sitting there, biting their nails and thinking, 'Are they gonna make some freak show?'
-on the album, you have the sense of hope sometimes, that it could be that good again. And then there are the other times where it feels like you're just saying, 'so long, bon voyage.' [depiction of classic America in ST]




- There was something about his songs, that it seemed no matter how bad it got, there was nothing that a cigarette and a saturday night couldn't fix. We're trying to hold on to that idea and rip it back. [Tom Petty]
-They don't know what to do with us. [pretending to be a critic] 'It reminds us of things that happened in the 70's when there were real bands that could play music, so they must be ripping them off. There's no way in hell they could really be doing that.' It's unbelievable to them because it hasn't happened in a long time, and we're here to say, 'It's happening. We're cut from the same cloth. God forgive us. It's not our fault.'
-He suggested Jacknife Lee from Dublin, whom I believe to be Bono's secret brother. [who Bono suggested to produce Sam's Town]
-The guy that builds your house, you don't want him to build it almost perfect- almost as good as he could. You want it done right. [on wanting to be the best]
-I want boys. Maybe a girl. Normal stuff. [children]
-I have been watching a lot of westerns. The Outlaw Josey Whales and Tombstone especially. [ST look]
- I'm not going to deny my faith. I don't go into it blindly. That's the misconception; poor, stupid people are religious. My parents are those poor, stupid people in other people's eyes. That offends me because they are happy. They've been married 43 years and my mom whistles she's so happy. And whether there's an afterlife or not, which i believe there is, I'm a better person morally for having had a faith.
-We believe in the literal gathering of israel and in the restoration of the 10 tribes that zion will be built upon the american continent that christ will reign personally upon the earth:and,that the earth will be renewed and recieve its paradisiacal glory.
-yeah, that is weird [believeing in a new jerusalem and living in sin city]. but there are some mormons who believe confronting that temptation every day is a test. it makes you stronger..... I believe he is coming, yes [Jesus]. But i'm not going to sit here and tell you where or when.
-does bono believe that? [that God made Bono a rock star] Man..he has a gift, that's for sure. I guess you can argue all night where that gift came from..but no, I don't feel like that. and i'm not trying to convert anyone. There are three other guys in the killers. I don't think they'd buy that for one second.
-I adapted some of John Lennon's lines from strawberry fields for the final track exitlude: It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out. Wow. those lines. right there,man. That's my story. 
-No one listened to the record. At the one in New York people sat and listened, but this one we were background music. [at the listening party in LA where everyone jumped in the pool]. [GQ UK Nov '06]
-That's not... We're not really... Don't get the wrong idea. Last night isn't typical. We don't get in trouble every time we go out. That's just Dave. Seriously, if he has a fuse at all, it's about that big. [at the listening party in LA where everyone jumped in the pool]. [GQ UK Nov '06]
-That was probably the best one, last night. Touring gets pretty repetitive. We did 300 shows in a year once and you become like robots. I would be doing shows and not missing a word, but I'd be thinking about conversations I had and what I did that day. 
[good tour stories; GQ UK Nov '06] - I feel I've been preparing for this all my life. [to be a rock star]
-We liked all the same bands - everything from Sinatra to New Order. You know, all the major English bands of the Eighties like the Smiths, the Cure, Duran Duran. That's a pretty rare find in Vegas. [on Dave]
- I hit him pretty fast. I was going about 50. He was drunk. He just walked out into my lane on the freeway and I was honking and hitting the brakes but I couldn't stop in time. I hit him. It was terrible. Pretty traumatic. He hit my windshield, smashed it up. They never told me what happened to him. His shoes fell off. Their shoes fall off, did you know that? I don't know why. 
- There's so many. Like when I was 15, seeing Morrissey for the first time in Salt Lake City. It was for Maladjusted - totally underrated album. Every bit as good as You Are The Quarry... The anticipation for something that is better than you are. And it absolutely was. That was the best moment in my life. [gig that was a religious experience].
-Oh, I was also Morrissey's busboy at one point. When I was 18. I was at Spago at Caesars Palace. He ordered the mushroom pizza.  [GQ UK Nov '06]
- It felt really powerful. [sort of religious experience listening to Jenny Was a Friend of Mine in the studio].
- I heard it [Born to Run on the radio], drove right to a record store and bought a Springsteen greatest-hits CD. I want to put a Springsteen poster up on my wall. I've never believed anybody -anybody- like I believe him. He's a prophet. [Blender, Nov. '06]
-The Boss gave me this feeling back that I thought I'd lost. It got to the point where I'd go see Morrissey and I just wasn't shocked, or we'd see the Cure, and the mist went away and you saw Robert Smith's hair and it just wasn't the same. You want to see a god onstage. You want to see something larger than life and unattainable. I was like, 'I could do that.' [Blender, Nov. '06]
-[It has] one of the greatest guitar lines ever written. [WYWY] [Blender, Nov. '06]
-It was ambition; it was my own selfishness. [ridiculing other bands]. [Blender, Nov. '06]
- It's sad. It's 'cause hip hop is so big, and I don't know if there's ever going to be a turnaround. It just pisses me off. Nothing against hip hop, 'cause it's entertaining, but every song is just 'how I got out' -it's never we. Some good stuff comes out every now and then, but most of it's pushing that selfish motivation that's tearing the world apart: 'I've gotta get my Louis Vuitton bag and my Mercedes.' If you listen to U2 singing 'One,' they're singing about everybody. That's so much more beautiful than that crap.  [Blender, Nov. '06]
-I used to be a busboy. I'm gonna help 'em out. [about putting all the scraps and utensils on plate during interview] [Blender, Nov. '06]
- Backstage, it's lawless. But it makes you stronger when you beat it. [rockstar temptations] [Blender, Nov. '06]
- We've embraced our Western roots! That's what the album is about and we thought we might as well go with it. Maybe I'm going to be reincarnated as [the outlaw] Josey Wales. [Newsweek, Oct. '06]
- "The Sound of Music." Maybe I can be the Captain. The salt and pepper is coming.[which musical he would do].
-Oh, I have hundreds. [white hairs].
-No, I'm just going to let it happen. I'm a natural man. [on whether he will dye his white hairs]. [Newsweek, Oct. '06]
-Just kind of no-holds barred, just throw it all away and do what comes naturally for us-to make a big(sound). It's fun and exciting: that's what rock' n' roll music should be. Ever since grunge, it kind of took things against that in a way, even though it's seen as such a positive movement. The Rolling stones were having fun-you know what i mean? It wasn't about limiting things, it was about encompassing things. And I think we're trying to do that and bring that back and have some fun along the way. [what trying to do with ST; Gray Matter Oct '06].
-people want what they wanted from the first album. But if you do it too much like the first album, they'll complain that it's exactly like the first album. And if you change too much..[laughs]. You've got to find a middle ground. I think we pushed it a little bit: I thing we took a little bit of a step over the middle ground, towards the new direction. But we didn't lose the pop sensibility that we had, so I think that will keep us in people's hearts. [Gray Matter Oct '06]
-We're big fans of what they've done and their careers and the choices they've made. I was a little afraid of them at first:you think of Flood and Alan and the things that they've done and your kind of expecting black magic or something to be involved. But they're actually really lovable, and all six of us in a room is wonderful. Everyone gets along great.





-I remember how my dad,when he would have a few days off or the weekend or whatever,he would say "I don't have to shave" cause he didn't have to go to work.so I'm taking advantage of not having to work a normal job [laughs] [Gray Matter Oct '06]
-I think we're always going to dress up;I think that's the Las Vegas in our blood.But the [look] is a little bit more of where we're from: it's the wild west,y'know,and I feel a lot more comfortable and like my self now a lot more than I did on the first album.
-We had a real confidence because of the success of Hot Fuss, so we thought we'd take advantage of it. We didn't want to make a shy album. We wanted to keep going and keep building on this. [NME, Oct. '06]
- We wanted to come back unashamedly and this was the perfect way of sounding confident and strong. Everybody puts their tails between their legs when they make their second album, but we wanted to come out all guns blazing and that's what [the song] Sam's Town sounds like. [NME, Oct. '06]
-We were recording in a hotel casino and I was messing around on a piano. Next to me was a room key-card that said 'we hope you enjoy your stay' on it, and it all just took off from there.[Enterlude] [NME, Oct. '06]
- The melody came from a dream. I have musical dreams, but I rarely remember them. This is the only time I've been able to remember one. It sounds ridiculous but it was Kurt Cobain on a ship, in the clouds! He was singing this melody and I remember thinking he sounded like Bob Dylan, so that made it even weirder! (the dream that inspired Enterlude) [NME, Oct. '06]
-We knew right away this would be a single. We had the record label breathing down our necks. They were worried that we wouldn't write another Somebody Told Me - and we didn't want to, so they were really worried. [WYWY] [NME, Oct. '06]
-It will be tougher, especially due to downloads. 10 years ago 'Hot Fuss' would have sold 14 million copies instead the 5, it did sell. I don't entirely know if we still want to be the biggest band in the world, but it seems as though there's a place for us in the Top 5. When we opened for U2 last year, we experienced life on the top. [NME, Oct. '06]
-I remember driving home after we made a rough recording and I slept a little easier ever since that night. [WYWY] [NME, Oct. '06]
-The song's about the idea that saviours can come in different forms, that's a lot of it. [WYWY] [NME, Oct. '06]
-This was kicking around for a long time and then at the last minute we added some acoustic guitars and it really made it feel like the desert, which all ties right into the album. It's like Talking Heads and Johnny Cash. [Bling] [NME, Oct. '06]
-I guess it's like a medal for my father. It's glorifying the person who does a great job raising his kids, just going to work everyday. A lot of people in bands write about the working stiffs. I wanted to make something that was the opposite, because that's what my family is and I'm proud of it. My dad is 64 years old, he raised 6 kids and now he's got 20 grandkids and I guess that's what the ending of the song is about. When you see him playing with his grandkids he's a happy man. [Bling] [NME, Oct. '06]
-I feel this is a good bridge to Hot Fuss. [For Reasons Unknown] [NME, Oct. '06]
-Uncle Jonny is my mother's brother. He's the black sheep of the family. Every couple of years something would happen. He's done everything from shoot himself to drug addictions yet somehow he's ended up alright. He's really a nice guy. He's heard the song and he's happy to be immortalised because he's a rocker, he's always got a Zeppelin shirt on. Jonny deserves the song's riff (laughs). You don't usually use the word riff with us, but this is one of the greatest riffs of all time. I guess it's a little bit inspired by being on the road with U2. We learnt a lot from watching them. [Uncle Johnny] [NME, Oct. '06]
-It's a romance, it's sweet but it's twisted in some ways. [Bones] [NME, Oct. '06]
-It's our attempt at a ballad. It's a unique song, with the way it goes at the middle 'don't give the ghost up'. It's for my wife. I wanted people to believe it like I believe when I hear something I love. I want that on every song, but this one has a moment that you never know if it's going to happen again - we just got lucky. This is me. We didn't have many vocal tracks so this is the closest to what I sound like in the shower (laughs). [My List] [NME, Oct. '06]
-It's a strange one. Some people already hate it; some people like it, but the ones who love it are diehard. I love it! [This River is Wild] [NME, Oct. '06]
-If ever there's been a musical journey this is it. When I listen to it I don't want it to end. Each chorus is different, that's untypical of us, so it's our shot at doing something different. This is also the most literal song here. I was born in Las Vegas but I grew up in a small town in Utah called Nephi, and the whole idea of escaping it and the excitement of that prospect is all captured on this. [This River is Wild] [NME, Oct. '06]
-Basically it's a bargain with God. I have a big problem with flying and the first thing I do if there's something wrong is I pray. Just bargaining, 'I'll be good if you let me live!' [Why Do I Keep Counting?] [NME, Oct. '06]
-I grew up on Cheers! I was with Woody Harrelson the other night and I told him what an effect Cheers had on my life! (laughs) I felt so ridiculous! [NME, Oct. '06]
-We're not artists, there's only a couple in the world and Anton Corbijn is one of them.
-What does it all mean? The bighorn sheep is the Nevada State animal, that's all I'll give you! [the cover artwork of ST]
-I hope that people didn't come out just so they can go home and say the new album isn't as good as the first one. [first show with ST material]
-people don't realize how unique this city is, because it's all about the strip. But there's such a small town feel all the out of the way restaurants and bars and people playing bingo. The sunset is wonderful, the people are nice and it doesn't get cold. I love the lighting too. It's the most beautiful city at night. I love it here.*
-Vegas is my hometown,and it's turned into a place that's really sentimental to me,"he says."i think a lot of people can identify with that.
-he quit school when he was sixteen. he just worked hard,raised six kids on twenty five grand a year.growing up,I had the values of a dad born in1944,and i still do,in some ways. [on his dad]
 -The same type of ideal i had for manchester because the smiths,I had for las vegas because of elvis and frank sinatra.
-when i was a kid,we'd drive down the freeway and you'd see sams town from miles away.you'd get closer and closer and it'd get bigger and bigger.it was a beacon,our center.I still feel that way.we're in a good place.
-I've had time to digest the album, sit with it and live with it, and I know it's that good. It's just a matter of time before everyone else gets to love it like I do. [ST] - We've sold five million records and we can't get on the cover of Rolling Stone, but they'll put Lindsay Lohan on the cover.
-He's saying that from experience. They made October. He's looking out for us. But we are set in our ways so much that we're not going to try to make Kid A on our second album. I don't think we'll ever make an album like that anyway. I think Hot Fuss is a great first album. There should be room to improve. It'd be sad if you could only go backwards. [On Bono advising TK, "spare us the interesting second album"]
-[They are messages] that you don't really know if the world's gonna recieve or not. I remember singing the chorus of all these things that ive done into dave's cell phone,and thats how we would write songs.But now it's just universal thought. people in Italy get it: people all over the world get it. And to actually get to this point has just been great. - that was the highlight of my life. because a year and a half before that,i was sitting on my bed at home,learning osasis dont look back in anger,so to come full circle,where he's learning one of our songs,I'm done. I could be done right now. I could tell my kids that story some day,and i'd be happy. [Noel Gallagher telling Brandon he learned ATTTID on guitar; Paste Oct '06]
- He does this show in Vegas, so whenever were home and hes doing his show, he gets bored because he's cooped up in a hotel and he wants to do something. So we'll go off to his show we've done it a few times and go eat dinner with him afterwards. And it's a nice change of pace for him, and he's the coolest fan he knows everything about every new band, what he likes, what he doesn't like, and why he likes us. He likes that we have soul, he says. [Elton John; Paste Oct '06]
-Rock 'n' roll guilt? I live with it every day. It's hard, having a wife and doing this, being gone all the time and around what we're around . But I was brought up religious, and I think that's been a nice balancing for me. Some people would say it's a terrible way to live, because I live with guilt. But I think it keeps me in a good middle ground.
[Paste Oct '06] -It's part of that constant temptation. I mean, we went from Las Vegas, which is already bad enough, where you've got flyers for girls, it's open 24-7, and you can get a bottle of vodka at 5:30 A.M. We went from that, to that with no rules, if that's possible. And that's how rock 'n' roll is - you go on your bus, you live in your own little world, and there's no police there. So 'When You Were Young' is about that struggle, and I think a lot of people can relate to it.
[Paste Oct '06] -It's difficult, I admit it . This city has gotten so much worse, even since I was a kid. Now the new thing on the strip is, not only are people throwing those books in your face, they have these trucks with billboards on the back of them, just driving around. And it's just pictures of women, and the phone number to call to get these women. It's just a gigantic moving sex billboard, and it's crazy. But it all goes back to how I was raised, I guess. I hadn't gone to church in a long time until I got married, and I've recently been going again with my wife. And I feel like I've missed out - I really missed it.
[sexual temptations in LV; Paste Oct '06] -'If all our days are numbered, why do I keep counting?' is the line, because I just wanna live, and it's no way to live to always be thinking about dying - I'm trying to get over that" ['Why Do I Keep Counting?'; Paste Oct '06]
- And that was what was so wonderful about it I havnt felt like this in so long,and i was worried that i never would again.and whats cool is that it wasnt just bruce springsteen that led straight to tom petty.I didnt knwo about the damn the torpedoes and now i do,and i love it.so it was just great to find these new things and to want to got to a record store again an flip through things.and now i just feel really excited.
- There's just been a lot of stuff like that happening to us lately. Meeting Springsteen? I dunno if I'm prepared for that one yet. But being around New Order and things like that are what we're here for. As classic rock moves into its new phase, you're starting to hear Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots on classic-rock radio. Metallica, even. But in 20 years, I want it to be us. You'll start to hear the Killers on classic-rock. That's what we're here for. We wanna be around. And I think we're just beginning to make our mark.
[Paste Oct '06] -Dave put out and ad in a las vegas paper.Every week,i would scope out the classifieds and look at who the bands would list as their influences.It was always "Staind!Tool!Korn!Staind1Tool!Korn! "Dave's ad said something about the beatles,and that was enough for me.I went to his house,and it was love at first sight.
-We're not afraid of having big hits(big songs)are just what come out of us.A lot of people say it's because we're from vegas and its so over the top with the glitz and glamour.I don't know what is i've always been a fan of the big songs on the radio.my favorite arena-rock song?with or without you by U2.The way it builds its one of the best pieces of work that's ever been written.by the end if youre not singing along,if you're not screaming along,you're not living. [Giant, Oct. '06]
-I've always been attracted to performers. I think everybody is.who doesn't have a favorite singer?mine changes all the time Morrissey,bono,mick jagger,bowie. is it weird to meet my idols?yeah,but i always wished i had the gift of the gab and would be able hold on to them.one night bowie came to watch us play we met him,but he left after a minute.I wished i was somebody else,that i couldve kept him intrigued enough to maybe go out and have a drink.I just kinda stared at him. [Giant, Oct. '06]
-We've never been in the situation where people are anticipating something that we're doing.its frustrating because apparently alreadyupset a bunch of people by saying how good i think the album is.I cant help it if im not making what i feel is the best album out there,then i'm in the wrong job.when i talk about how great this album is its not because i want to shove it down peoples throats.but if somebody asks me what i think about it,i'll say i think its the best album in twenty years. [Giant, Oct. '06]



-so many bands are afraid that a common person will like their music,heven forbid Kimmy,who goes to mcdonalds and doesnt wear black converse, likes our music!were fans of pop as much as rock.Tony visconti said to me "you dont have to be a poet to say something profound."that gives me a lot of strength because i'm not surewhat i am.i'm not sure if im a songwriter or an artist or a musician.I dont like any of those words i feel like a normal dude. [Giant, Oct. '06]
-sometimes you get so caught up in making sure the performance is right that you allmost dont get to enjoy being onstage.this time were gonna do it right and enjoy it.its easy to take suceess for granted because you get cought up in the negativity of touring and doing photoshoots i was about to complain about doing an interivew the other day,and this kid goes,thats awesome!i hope i get to do that one day!and it hit me I felt like as ass. Three years ago, I was that kid. [Giant, Oct. '06]
- Sam's Town is it. It's gonna be the one that keeps rock & roll afloat. And I can say that 'til the cows come home, and it can sound as cocky as you want. -People make fun of Born in the U.S.A. and [his] look, but I love all of it. There's a song from his first album called 'Lost in the Flood' that's just...I mean, it should be essential listening for people. I'm 25 years old, I had no idea that existed, and I'm just really grateful now that I got to get into it.
- So many people cower down and put their tail between their legs, because of all the negativity that surrounds a band for their second album,'' he says. ''But we're just back swinging. Because, I mean, why not? It's our job.
- I know most people put on a t-shirt and shorts and feel comfortable – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for some reason, I like being pinned-up and confined in a suit. It makes me happy. [GQ, Sept. '06]
-When we did our first video, for “Somebody Told Me,” they had clothes for us at the shoot. At first, you take offense. But there was a jacket that was one of Hedi’s (Slimane, creative director of Dior Homme) and I ended up wearing it and taking it from the shoot. I’ve kind of been a Dior fanatic ever since. For some reason, it just makes me feel regal – a rock ‘n’ roll prince, I guess. [GQ, Sept. '06]
-My dad never used shaving cream so just Bic it, straight on the face with a cheap razor that comes 12 in a pack. [GQ, Sept. '06]
-The first time I put on eyeliner, I was 13 or 14. The Cure had Wild Mood Swings out, and my brother took me to Salt Lake City to see them. We stopped to pick up one of my sister’s friends on the way, and she was a huge fan, so she took me in the bathroom and slapped it on me. I mean, I don’t feel uncomfortable without it. [GQ, Sept. '06]
– it’s just fun to wear every now and then. It kind of becomes a Gypsy thing, though, when you do it with facial hair. [GQ, Sept. '06]
- I used to work as a busboy at Spago. I still get a real big kick out of going to the Mirage and seeing the tigers. Plus, we now have a Dior Homme at the Wynn. [GQ, Sept. '06]
-I love golf, but I only get to play every now and then. My cousin, Craig Barlow, is on the PGA Tour and it’s fun to turn the TV on and see how he’s doing. My other favorite golfer is Jesper Parnevik. He’s a Swede, and he wears J. Lindeberg who designed my tux for my wedding. [GQ, Sept. '06]
-I’m into patent leather. Burberry Prorsum is making these…They actually call them golf shoes, I think, they’ve got the big flap over the laces, and they come in brown and black. And I have these white and gray Louis Vuitton western wingtips. And cowboy boots. A man needs a good pair of cowboy boots. [GQ, Sept. '06]
 -We've gotten away from what The Beatles did and what started it all, and what Elvis songs were like, and it needs to be brought back. The experimentation has gone far enough. We lost the song. [Associated Press, Oct '06]
-It's just a real pleasant surprise that I was going to fall in love with something. I'm 25 years old and I thought that was over. ... You kind of lose the innocence of someone showing you something special, something being god-like. [about the Boss- to the AP, Oct '06]
-I think bands are lazy. It's so much easier to do anything, even down to recording. The whole world is lazier, so it's also showing its face now in rock music and pop music and it's just crap. I'm excited when I hear my own songs, and we would like to be the messengers of good songs. [the AP, Oct '06]
-We were all wasted and I'm at the urinal - because men go to the urinal, we have to do it... [hears Somebody Told Me] I look...and it's Bernard Sumner from New Order, going 'Brandon, I just love that single!' I thought, 'I don't know what else I can do now. We've reached a point where it's like I don't know where we can go from here.'[New Order singer singing Somebody Told Me at the urinals, at NME awards- Paste, Oct '06]
-Messages that you don't really know if the world's gonna receive or not. I remember singing the chorus of 'All These Things That I've Done' into Dave's cell phone, and that's how we would write songs. But now it's just universal thought - people in Italy get it; people all over the world get it. And to actually get to this point has just been great. [voicemail messages he used to leave Dave; Paste Oct '06]
-I wanted to humanize us with this one, and it's a great introduction to the album. [the song Sam's Town; Paste Oct '06]
-In England and in Europe, it's exactly what we wanted, it's been great. In America, they've been a lot more cynical about it. It's really discouraging, you know. I mean, we didn't get great reviews on the first album and we still sold five million records and so I understand that it doesn't have that big of an effect. But it's just discouraging. We really feel like we made a great album. [on reaction to Sam's Town; the rockradio, Sept '06]
-People talk a lot about the '80s, but a guy that gets overlooked a lot is Peter Gabriel. It's got such a dreamy quality. It takes you to a new place every time. ["Solbury Hill"; Urge Sept '06]
-This one is just scary! [The Cure's "One Hundred Years"; Urge Sept '06]
-I know the band kind of writes off Pop, but it's got some really great songs, like "Staring at the Sun." [U2; Urge Sept '06]
-It just has such an amazingly loose feel. [Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"; Urge Sept '06]
-[Holds out one hand] Han Solo. [holds out other hand] Josie Wales. [clasps hands together] It's the Killers of 2006. [Describing the new tour; T-Minus Rock Sept '06]
-What's funny is we're from the desert so when we play these little shows we've been going out and gathering some tumbleweeds. But you don't have it out here as much on the East coast. So we were phoning up some Hollywood places for sets and nobody's invented fake tumbleweed yet... So I think we're going to patent that. [T-Minus Rock Sept '06]
-We don't see him very much because we live so far away. But when we go to the office we might see him. [Asked about the game Guts Jay-Z plays with guests]... We don't know about Guts. Maybe he doesn't like us very much. (laughs). [Hist: 'Maybe he thinks you have LOTS of guts and doesn't want to'].. Yeah, he knows we're from Vegas. So we might have an advantage. [T-Minus Rock Sept '06]
-Do you think music can save lives? [questions the interviewer; GQ UK Nov '06]
-It's a lot more fun for us if we're able to experiment. We're not going to turn around and become a country band, but we should be allowed to play a few country songs! [Complex Sept '06]
-We've had five decades of rock music. There's so much to learn from. You're a fool if you're not pushing yourself to evolve. [Complex Sept '06]
-Sometimes you forget. You get so caught up in business and being an adult that you forget to have fun and enjoy things and be nice to people. I think that's what's great about being a kid, you don't have those worries. We've had such a hectic schedule over the last few months that it's nice to do something like this. [AGBS]
-When I was a bellboy at the Gold Coast, I was on break and I heard someone freaking out on my walkie-talkie. They sounded scared and there was screaming for security, but I didn't pay much attention
-I was eating. When I came up later, the situation was still happening. A hooker was fighting a john, hitting him with her heels. The weird thing was, that night my mom had to go to the ER. When I visited her, I saw that guy getting treated. He was bleeding from his face - the hooker got him pretty good. [craziest thing he saw in LV; FHM Oct '06]
-I'm just being honest. It does make people want us to fail. But Sam's Town is right up there with OK Computer, Achtung Baby and Nevermind. [FHM Oct '06]
-I've apologized for my comments. I don't mean any ill will toward anyone. I'm still getting used to being in the position I'm in. If I worked at McDonald's and somebody asked me my opinion about Fall Out Boy, nobody would care. [FHM Oct '06]
- Yeah, weekly. When I fly now, I listen to a tape of a session I had with the good doctor. I hear him talking and let my body become a blob. I'd never flown before I was in the Killers. One thing that set me over the edge was the time a woman died on one of my flights. I still don't know what happened, but I'd been asleep for probably 10 minutes when I woke up to screaming and saw the steward pumping on this lady's chest. It was traumatic. I tried not to watch. [Whether sees a therapist for flying fear; FHM Oct '06]
-It's hard. I smell the crew smoking. It smells so good. [quitting smoking; Q March '07]
-I think it causes my wife a lot of pain. Her family, too. And she hears stories. And my mom went through it with my dad. [why he quit drinking; Q March '07]
-And my dad's dad was an alcoholic. It's a strange thing to think that it's in my genes, but I believe it is. I think I use that as an enabler, which is not really the best thing to do. I mean, it's a great excuse. [Q March '07]
-[Laughs uproariously] It's harder to sleep at night. [whether misses drinking; Q March '07]
-Salvador Dali would hold coins in his hand before he went to sleep so he would wake up just when he started to go to sleep or something. I've had dreams of entire songs. Parts. Solo. Chorus. Enterlude is the only one I really remembered. It's strange. It's fun. [Q March '07]
-"American album" is ridiculous because the music is so English to me. I wish I knew what people would have thought if I hadn't mentioned I'd been listening to Bruce Springsteen when we started this album. [Q March '07]
-Ha ha! Yeah. I regret the backlash it's created, but it is one of the best albums in the last 20 years. That's not a ridiculous comment. [Q March '07]
-I'd never had a passport before I came here. None of us had ever left. And leaving made us realise how American we were. But then I started to notice the way that I was treated. I refuse to say "fuck" onstage and I definitely refuse to say, "Fuck George Bush." [Q March '07]
-If there's a herd of people, you say "fuck" and you are the greatest thing. You could be the opening band and you'll get a bigger reaction than The Killers if you say "fuck". It's easy. So I refuse to say it. [Q March '07]
-I notice bands saying, literally, "I'm sorry we're from America..." [Q March '07]
-I can't really explain it. I got that it might be overcast a lot. I don't know. It was just magical to me. That was it. I realise now it was because it was so far away and so unreachable. [Britain; [Q March '07]





- Nephi has only recently got its first stoplight. There just wasn't anybody there for me. I had friends, but then the music thing happened and that made me feel separate. I wasn't an outcast. No one was mean to me. I just didn't want to go and see Korn after school. I hated The Offspring. I'll never forget my mom cooking [for me] my last night in the house. It was difficult. [Q March '07]
-It wasn't much better in Las Vegas, though [laughs]. I went from a school that had 350 kids to one that had 3000, one that had been built as a penitentiary. I was in a school with a lot of gangs in Vegas. We had Bloods and the whole bit. The Mexican kids were the Morrissey fans. They'd come at me with pompadours, see me in a Morrissey shirt and they'd wave to me, but they were also violent, so I kept my distance. That was funny. [Q March '07]
-I know exactly where it's from. "I love the romance of crime" [from Morrissey's Sister I'm A Poet]. From that line... Just growing up and hearing that all the time. I can't escape it. Morrissey owns a piece of my brain. [lyrical interest in violence; Q March '07]
-The biggest thing in Nephi was that one car was stolen. In seven years I was there. One car. [Q March '07]
-I didn't know what I expected. Our first trip to England was great. It was September of 2003 and you had a heatwave and it was in the 90s, and we stayed at The Columbia Hotel, so I was in heaven. It was, "Oasis wrote a song [Columbia] about this place and we're staying in London!" Nothing's let me down, it's just that I've come to realise that it's just a place with people... [disappointments with Britain; Q March '07]
-You people write those catchy songs. Why do British people do that? [Q March '07]
-I don't think I know enough. That's a big weight to put on my shoulders. It's getting heavy for me now just to succeed still. We've got to prove ourselves. I want to sell more records than Hot Fuss with Sam's Town, even if it's just to prove Rolling Stone wrong [laughs]. [getting involved in politics like the Boss; Q March '07]
-No. Not really. No. I wouldn't say that. I'm getting onstage every night singing, "Somebody told me that you had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend", so... [whether he doesn't share political views because they're unfashionable; Q March '07]
-Maybe it will come later. I'm just able to grow facial hair for the first time in my life so maybe... [political involvement; Q March '07]
-We had a lot of things happen. There were a lot of hookers and escort services. Pimps. Weird people. I mean, the whole bit. Canes and Cadillacs; purple trenchcoats. One time a guy tried to kill himself and he didn't succeed. He shot one of his eyes out; he was crawling through the hallways, screaming. I wasn't the one who stumbled across him in the hallway so I didn't see him. [things he saw as a Vegas bellboy; Q March '07]

 -One time I got a call from someone saying, "Could you buy me some condoms?" Going up there into the room... people on beds... I'd never seen anything like it. [the life of a Vegas bellboy; Q March '07]
-Yeah. I got a 20. [whether got a good tip as bellboy; Q March '07]
-I tried. I didn't succeed. I just went around with my cousin, going to concerts or swimming pools. For some reason that was a lot more fun and a lot less exhausting than chasing girls. [Q March '07]
-I tried things, but it was never a big thing. I never became an addict. You're 14 years old, you start listening to Bob Marley, you've got to try marijuana. It's a rule. Now I know it makes me lazy and I don't like that feeling. [Pause] I was 15. I kind of embellished there...[Q March '07]
-It's something you're supposed to do. If you're 19 and you're worthy, there's not even a question about it. My brother went to Chile. But at 19 I'd just bought Hunky Dory. I meet people all the time who say, "I was raised Mormon", like, "I was raised Mormon and I'm cool now." They don't know I'm still into it. I think it's a great thing to question at that point, and now I'm back it means a lot more than if I just did what I was told. I think it's OK to question it a little bit. [skipping Mormon mission; Q March '07]
-I'm learning what makes me happy and makes my wife happy, because I obviously have something that makes me want to do this. You know I'd give it up if she asked - which she never would. [Q March '07]
-I want to be a navigator. We've found all the land on earth already, there's no more to look for, so I'm just looking for songs, I guess. [Q March '07]
-I don't really think about it. I don't judge anybody. I mean, for some reason I think I've always been a fan of gay pop stars. The happiest time of my life was driving to San Francisco one time with my dad in our Geo Metro, playing Elton John, Otis Redding and Buddy Holly. We just listened to them over and over. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Daniel. It's about the happiest time in my life. I didn't care if Elton was gay... or I didn't know. [when asked about Mormon church being anti-gay; Q March '07]
-I felt like I was doing my job! I'm a huge David Bowie and Morrissey fan. I'm doing something right here! And then... I don't know. It wore off. I realise how much work it must be to keep up something like that. People have done it. I don't want to do it. I just know that I tried it for an album and I'm done! [Laughs] So forgive me. I love my wife. If I want to have kids, it's not something I wanted to play around. [Pause] I wasn't even trying to do it. It was just something that happened. [fans suspecting he was gay; Q March '07]
-The whole religion and gay thing. I have a lot of gay friends. I want to stay away from the religion thing, I don't want to offend anyone. [worrying about last part of interview that took place few days earlier; Q March '07]
-We have four really different personalities. You know that Ronnie is more boisterous and funny, and Mark is so silent - there's a lot of truth in him being kind of grumpy. And Dave is kind of a future astronaut. His head's already there. He's just waiting waiting to take his body there. He's on a list to go to space. [Q March '07]
-Man, I was just on a roller coaster. We had just sold all these records, I was in the studio with [Achtung Baby co-producer] Flood and if U2's coming to town we just call someone and we get to go. Last time I saw U2 I paid $100 for a ticket from a scalper! Four years later I'm at a bar with Bono and these guys. "Why don't you come to souncheck tomorrow/ We'll figure the song out." I can't explain how... [pause] you get so immune to it. [Q March '07]
-U2 are just great. They're so loveable. And they knew what my favourite U2 song was. You can't beat it. When I come home, that's the song my wife plays - In A Little While by U2, as well as Home And Dry by the Pet Shop Boys. She gets it on right away and that's my song. And I'm singing it with Bono and my wife gets to sit in the front row watching me do it. [Q March '07]
-I did Celine Dion, Mike Tyson, the Reverend Al Sharpton. [famous customers other than Morrissey when he worked at Spago; Q March '07]
-Afterwards he was sat in his private dining room and he could see directly in to the kitchen where I'd be making an iced tea or cutting bread. And he'd look at me and we'd lock eyes and both look away. He was probably watching what I was doing with that knife. I understand that now. [Morrissey, when superfan Brandon was his busboy at 17; Q March '07]
-On the first album, I think we adopted a look that wasn't necessarily ours. I wanted to be like all the guys in bands I read about in the British music press. It mattered whether Morrissey liked me or not. [BRITs Feb '07]
-I was always proud of where I was from. But you always think the grass is greener somewhere else. [BRITs Feb '07]
-The goal now is to keep progressing and growing and collecting an army. [BRITs Feb '07]
-Not our best day's work [after performing to reticent Vegas crowd; Q Dec '06]
-The songs we dropped all sounded like an extension of Hot Fuss. As soon as I was back in America they didn't seem relevant. [Q Dec '06]
-Well it's supposed to be finished in about eleven days from now. What's annoying about it is that we didn't set the deadline; the record label shouldn't have picked a date to put it out. I mean, it was wishful thinking.. but we still might finish. [Faster Louder, late '06]
-It's slower than we hoped for. I just think we're taking too much time basically. We're talking about other things too much - it's a weird thing to bring up, but if you took the time of conversations that had nothing to do with making this album, to make this album - whether it's what's going on in the world, or what we think about something, or a joke, or what happened last night, or whatever it is - we'd probably be a lot closer to finished. Ya gotta talk I guess.. but I don't know.. [Faster Louder,late '06]
-I think we're all changing, but not necessarily in the same way - it's not a bad thing. For me - people don't understand how important mixes are, and I didn't really realise how important mixes are because I'm still new to all this. I'm realising I've changed the way I want my voice to be heard. I don't want so many effects on it, and I don't want this and that, and it's changing the way the band sounds, so we're kinda conflicting there, but I think we're starting to find a good place. [Faster Louder,late '06]
-I guess that we're apparently these synth-loving Anglophiles.. that's what's getting on the nerves. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just that they don't understand how much it really is just about the songs for us. I don't go around looking for vintage keyboards - I used a $350 keyboard on 'Hot Fuss' that anybody can buy. I'm not some techno-geek.. and there's nothing wrong with techno-geeks, but I just don't think that people understand that I'm really not as.. proficient as maybe they would think. [misconceptions; Faster Louder, late '06]
-Sam's Town' is a name of a hotel. When I was younger I grew up in a place called Henderson and there were no freeways to get to Las Vegas from Henderson. You basically had to come down this highway called Boulder Highway - that was how you got to Arizona; that was how you progressed away from Las Vegas. So to get to Las Vegas, that was also the same Boulder Highway. Now it's grown so much and there are freeways all over the place connecting you. Whenever we would go to Las Vegas it was very exciting, even though we were almost in Las Vegas - you could see it if you're high enough in Henderson. It was still an exciting thing because you'd have family in town and you would probably be going to the Mirage (hotel), or if your mom was going shopping, the movies - anything like that; that all existed in Las Vegas. So the only way to get there was down Boulder Highway, and you could see Sam's Town on the right - that always solidified it for me that we were actually getting somewhere because you were then in Las Vegas when you got to Sam's Town. It's this local place that's western-themed. So anyway, for me, that's what this album feels like; we're getting somewhere exciting now. We've started something with "Hot Fuss" but now we're moving on down the road. [Faster Louder,late '06]
-We'd shoot over to catch his show every now and then, and one day he dropped in to see us in the studio-it was quite an honour... Elton said we should really hone in on what we're doing and not lose sight of what's important, which is songwriting, and that it's our duty to write the very best songs we can. [laugh:] It's easy for him to say-he's so brilliantly prolific. [Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
-I'm comfortable with where I am right now. I feel that I'm the man I'm going to be for the rest of my life and that this new album is telling the story of me getting there. [Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
-There's definitely a moment there that captures that. The way that it rolls on and you don't get bored and it just explodes and you feel young. [similarity between This River is Wild and Thunder Road; Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
 
-People get stuck on one thing, but there's so much music out there to learn from. [Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
-I saw him at dinner at my mom's birthday about a month ago and he said, 'I hear that I'm being immortalized.' Uncle Johny's a rocker, so he's excited. [Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
-The canvas is huge for us right now. Nobody's looking over our shoulders telling us what to do. We're getting to make the kind of music we want and connect with people through our songs- that's what rock and roll is all about. [Inside Entertainment Oct '06]
-I was flipping through, Bullet Bible came on, and you'd think that's punk rock and you're doing your American Idiot DVD in the UK. That's not punk rock. It means something different to those people, to the English and German people. Totally different meaning to the kid from Oakland. [explaining Green Day critique; The Hour transcript, Oct '06]
-We're big hopefuls, because we're not part of anything, there's no grunge with The Killers. You have Franz, Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Kings of Leon. They belong on the radio. The problem is that it's difficult for the record labels. They need groups of things, they need emo. They need to sell to people. We're lucky because we're outside of all that. [The Hour transcript, Oct '06]
-Love her... ["Cool"] is about the bass player again; you can totally tell. [ Gwen Stefani] [Spin, Jan. '06]
-I didn't figure him for much of a drinker. I figured he's a pothead. [Eminem] [Spin, Jan. '06]
-Have you heard the Hilary Duff version of "My Generation"? She sings, "I hope I don't die before I get old." [Spin, Jan. '06]
-Jack seems like a romantic guy. [Jack White] [Spin, Jan. '06]
-There's this ELO song that I had no idea about. The Thrills have been trying to get me into ELO ever since I first hung out with them. And then I'm with my friend driving to LA and he put this song on from his iPod, 'Livin' Thing.' It blew my mind. I put it on repeat the whole night for that drive. It's this song that somehow captures a feeling of sheer elation. [MOJO, Jan. '06]
-The record company was paying for us to stay at this place in Beverly Hills, nicer than any place we've ever seen. We arrive there, the valet opens the door, and...I couldn't help it, I jumped out and I started dancing, singing (sings) 'It's a livin' thing!', right there in the lobby of this swanky place. I just couldn't help it. It just does that to you. ['Livin' Thing' by ELO] [MOJO, Jan. '06]
- Now we need to stay up here. That's the true challenge. But you should see the view. [success] [BYU, Jan. '06]
 
-His aura is huge, and I'd like to be inside that bubble with him. [U2's The Edge - the coolest person he'd want to sit next to at the Grammy's] [Rolling Stone, Feb '06]
-He makes me ill. I wanted to love him so much when he first came out. He has this sweet voice, and there's a cuteness to it, and then you see him in interviews and he's like a lion. It just ruined the whole package for me. [Rolling Stone, Feb. '06]
-Gold Digger, how about that? I'll give Kanye a little love now. I wish we'd written Gold Digger. But without the actor. [After saying Kanye's personality sucked; and adding another jab at Jamie Foxx when asked- 'I think he's confused about who he is.'] [Rolling Stone, Feb. '06]
-I'm from Henderson. I still live in Henderson. I love Henderson. [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
-We had the fire. It wasn't just a spark, it was a fire. [early ambition] [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
-We auditioned and we met people and nobody was into what we were playing. At the time, imagine five years ago if you said you were playing music and you were into David Bowie, Duran Duran and Oasis. There was nobody. They thought we were crazy.[Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- You go to any of your hip coffee shops or bars and you're gonna hear kids bitching about living in Vegas, and how there's no culture, and I realized I was different right away. I love it. [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- He [WB rep] took us to the label and they kept asking to hear more. Record labels are really afraid to pull the trigger. [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- Warner Brothers turned us down. They said I didn't have enough sex appeal. [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
-Once you get in NME and they say thta they like it, it's like gold. Then every label in America wanted us, so we signed with Island. [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- I had people all over MY walls. I just took my posters down. It was a sad day. I just bought a house and I had to take down my Depeche Mode and Morrissey posters. I felt strange doing that. [why it's not weird teenagers have his posters on their walls] [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- I knew this one before we even played a gig, so she's been around. We just made our first demo when I met her. She's not in it for the money. [Tana] [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
-A lot of people would've just spit one out right way and tried to ride on it, but I think we're the working men of music right now. [working on second album] [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
-I don't know. Yes! We feel it's going to shut the mouths and open the ears of all and be our imperial album. [Sam's Town] [Vegas Rocks!, Feb '06]
- Springsteen touches on the American dream, and that's everybody's dream. And it's such a great idea — whether or not it's still happening today. Most of the songs are about getting to that place, of making it to the promised land. I don't think it's about getting rich; it's the idea of working hard and having your castle in the sky. [MTV, May '06]
- We're all from working-class families, and that's why our songs are good, because we don't do it half-assed. Nothing was handed to us, and so we don't settle. [MTV, May '06]
-We're not afraid to throw a song away because it's not good enough. A lot of people won't do that. [MTV, May '06]
-We're still influenced by English rock and pop music, but we're all kind of transforming or getting older... I mean, I don't really know anything about Manchester, England. I've been there a couple of times, and I realized, 'This feels like the Smiths, but it's not me.' [MTV, May '06]
- Yeah, I heard about that. Our lawyer sent us something about it. I never said anything bad about him, I just said I didn't want to share our A&R guy, and I still don't. He's a busy guy, but he should just be busy with us. I don't know if I'd go to dinner with him. I mean, I go to Nobu all the time. [Pete Wentz offering to go out to dinner to end 'feud'] [MTV, May '06]
-I can't walk around with a chip on my shoulder all the time. I have to realize that people aren't going to like us. [MTV, May '06]
- Franz Ferdinand's second album went away quickly in America. And watching that, for us, is scary. [Spin, June '06]
-It'll be bigger than Hot Fuss, because we've still so much to prove. So far, we've made a scratch on the door. Now we want to make a dent. [pause] We want to take the whole door off." [Sam's Town] [Spin, June '06]
- We're proud to be from Las Vegas. And ours will be the first album made in a casino! [Blender, June '06]
                                     
-Springsteen made me understand my dad, so it's like I got re-raised listening to him. [Blender, June '06]
- Before, our music was an imagination I had about England and Manchester bands I love. Now I think, 'Why am I writing this song? Does this really come out of me...or New Order and the Smiths?' [Blender, June '06]
-Not to get hippie, but we've gotten in touch with ourselves and how much we love America and Las Vegas. [Blender, June '06]
-We write hits and have never been shy about that, but this album is connected to life. I hope that doesn't scare our fans - they seemed so happy with our songs about killing girls. [Blender, June '06]
-We still sound like the Killers. Just more heartfelt. [Blender, June '06]
-Our plan is simple: to make every song bigger and better than Hot Fuss. [Q, Sept. '06]
- It's shaping up to be a lot more serious than the last album - I guess that's because the band is growing up. We're not singing about teenage girls anymore. [Q, Sept. '06]
-It's really like two cities here. There's a really normal side and then there's the Strip. Most people just see the Strip when they hear Las Vegas, and we really are from the normal side of the stage.
- We all have our own bands that we like, but U2 is the main one for us as a whole. We want to be the next U2! [Campus Circle, '04]
- People want pop punk over and over - it's got to end eventually. But hopefully they'll be wanting something new, and we're definitely willing. [Campus Circle, '04]
-I think this debut album is so solid. I'm not really worried about it at all. Nobody is writing classic, amazing songs anymore, but we're going to do our best. If you put us up against most of the other bands, we are killers. [Campus Circle, '04]
- There are people who want us to write ‘Somebody Told Me' again and we just don't want that.
[Rolling Stone, June '06]
- You kind of become a robot playing the same 11 songs every night, especially the amount that we did it- we probably played 500 shows on the first album. So it was just like a new breath of life I guess, to write some new songs and now to to use the studio. [BBC Radio 1, July '06]
-I would say that the album is like a glamorous fairground. It sounds like a band in 2006 who has had 50 years of amazing music to learn from, and I think that's what's been missing with a lot of people lately. [BBC Radio 1, July '06]
-We're not stealing. And y'know, you're not gonna see us have a little smile on stage because oh isn't this cute, we stole from Tom Petty, y'know what I mean? I'm sick of seeing that stuff. I'd rather have said, okay I've learned from it and I've internalised it, and this is what the Killers sound like because of it. [BBC Radio 1, July '06]
- There's always gonna be a place for fun songs, but then there are the songs that give people chills. I like those more. [Rolling Stone, July '06]
-I have trouble getting my thoughts down. I want to be able to get a message across simply. [Rolling Stone, July '06]
- You get so many bands whose lyrics sound like a retard writing poetry. The kind of stuff you write for English class when you're eight. [Rolling Stone, July '06]
- We were on our tour for two years. And all of our fantasies about Europe and Japan and those places became reality. And at the end of it all, when we went home, it made me realize how in love I was with America, how much I missed Nevada. Absence made the heart grow fonder. [NME, June '06]
-There's a line in onen of the songs on the record, 'When You Were Young', that talks about 'Burning down the highway skyline' that's all about Vegas. In the UK, the sky always seems so small because everything's built on this small island. Where we live, there's this wide open desert with this skyline that's just... inspiring. [NME, June '06]
-For me, this is the album. I feel totally empowered by singing it. Even my voice itself, it's not as affected any more, it's not quite so... created. There's a spiritual element to the music that wasn't there before, there's something a little more... real about it. [NME, June '06]
- It's something that's become a real problem for me since we got successful. But I feel as though if I talk about it in interviews, it lessens the chances of my fears actually happening. Like, I've talked about it, so it would have to be a huge coincidence for it to actually happen to me. Does that make sense? It seems way more improbable than if I didn't talk about my fears of what might happen. That's why I've been seeing a psychiatrist, once a week for the last few months. To talk about my fear. [fear of flying] [NME, June '06]
-You wouldn't believe where we recorded the album. We were in a place called the Fantasy Tower in the Palms Hotel, and Las Vegas right now should have a big sign over it saying 'WELCOME TO SEXTOWN'. It's only interested in attracting sex tourism. You know what the city's motto is? 'What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas'. It's terrible. It's basically a haven for infidelity and corruption. For me, I wanted to run from the car to the studio and block everything else out. It's fine for us because we live there, but I don't think it would be wise for a band to go out to Vegas to record an album. [NME, June '06]
- He is just the nicest man, and people forget how important he is, how many lives he's soundtracked. And when it comes to new music, he's more on the ball than anyone I know. [Elton John] [NME, June '06]
- We were all sitting around at an aftershow, and we were all pretty drunk, and Bono leant over and said, 'Come along to our soundcheck tomorrow', and I was like, 'Yeah, he was drunk, he'll forget about it.' But sure enough, the next day, I got a phone call saying, 'Soundcheck's at five, don't be late.' So I got to this empty arena and Bono said to me, 'We were thinking of playing 'In A Little While' tonight, I know it's your favourite song, do you wanna sing it with us?' I mean, it was amazing. I'm still not used to hanging out with U2, and I still learn so much from watching them play. Did Bono slip me any answers? No, I'm still waiting on the Bono talk. I don't think we're getting it. He's scared to give it to us! Could you imagine how good we'd be if we had it? It wouldn't be fair! [NME, June '06] 
- You don't realize what you could be getting yourselves into, with Fall Out Boy, and what kind of impact it could have in a way that you don't really want. Culturally, if it gets as big as it is in America, it could change an entire generation of people growing up here. Emo, whatever you want to call it, is dangerous. We don't wanna dislike anyone, and we've never met Fall Out Boy, but there's a creature inside me that wants to beat all those bands to death. They just all go into the happy emofunnel and everyone loves 'em without thinking. 'Oh, Fall Out Boy likes you? Fuck! I'm gonna go buy your CD!' [NME, June '06]
-This album will be a springboard for us to do whatever the hell we wanna do. We want every album to be more exciting than the one that came before. We want every album to be a new debut. [NME, June '06]
- I really appreciated Lennon for how strong his solo work was. A lot of people lose it - whatever "it" is - and he didn't. [Newsweek, Nov., '05]
-"God" ends with this beautiful thing where he says, "I was the Dreamweaver but now I'm reborn/I was the Walrus, but now I'm John." It just melts my heart every time. It shows that he kind of came full circle. He went through the drugs and everything, but came back to being John and being proud of it and telling the whole world. [John Lennon] [Newsweek, Nov., '05]
- I'd like to take it all back. These people are just doing what they want to do, just like I am. I'm actually a nice person and I love people. I just am opinionated, and sometimes jealous. It's not something I'm proud of. [emo controversy] [Spin, June '06]
-I don't even know what their music's like, or if I would even like it. That made me feel even worse, to think they could have been fans of ours and I hurt their feelings. That's just stupid. [Panic at the Disco] [Spin, June '06]
- It was basically started by a man named Sam Boyd. He was one of the founding fathers of our wonderful sin city, and I don't know..  it's kind of a rags to riches story, and it's a nice story. He was a nice man. [Sam's Town] [KROQ, July '06]
 - They didn't embrace us. They still don't. They write nothing but bad things about us, and that kind of.. hurts your feelings. When you go all over the world, and you're so excited and really proud of what we've done. And you go home and have all this negative energy. But we get past it. [MTV, Aug. '06]
- I wasn't able to grow a mustache before, so I'm kind of embracing this manliness. I think I've been watching a lot of westerns. I'm very inspired by Clint Eastwood. [AOL, Aug. '06]
-I grew up in a town right outside of Las Vegas called Henderson. It was exciting when family would come to town [and] we would get to go to Las Vegas. The real landmark was when you got to Sam's Town. You knew that the best was yet to come, but you were almost there. I feel like that's where we are right now. It's exciting. I feel like we're writing great songs and I'm happy to be alive. Hopefully, the best is yet to come for us. [AOL, Aug. '06]
-When I first saw "Crazy," I thought, 'I love this song, I love the video, maybe we can take them on the road!' Then, at the end, it said, "Gnarls Barkley," and I said, 'Fuck!' I just knew they weren't small enough to open up for us. [RS, Aug. '06]
 -I would pick Madonna, for "Hung Up." I just love the song, and I'm not ashamed of it. [VMA's video of the year] [RS, Aug. '06]
 -We get a lot of attention for negative things, so we're really happy to be here on a positive night where we can focus on the music. [San Fransisco gig, MP3 Live.com, Aug. '06]
-We're not cocky. And I don't mean to sound cocky. We're just proud of this record. At the end of the day, it's all in the ear of the beholders. We don't believe the hype. We believe it's a good piece of work. [Billboard, Sept. '06]
- We ended up in a dungeon. This guy we know has an incredible house with a room underneath it that was built hundreds of years ago. He made it into a wine cellar and a theater. We were hanging on the chandeliers. [Jane, Oct. '06]
-Tom Cruise? I love him but he's getting so strange and no one knows what the Scientology thing is all about. So I would be the one to deliver the news. [if he could spy on a famous person] [Jane, Oct. '06]
-I think you could pick a fantastic outfit and be happy for the rest of your life. You'd want to be comfortable, but kind of classic, something James Dean-y. Some good jeans, good shoes and a good belt. [Jane, Oct. '06]
- That's what's so cool about England, that there are so many venues for music which hold such history. You go into a little bar and see pictures of Oasis playing there when they were first starting out. We still get excited about it. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-I think people should be excited about Sam's Town because it's an exciting album. I really like that Achtung Baby sound by U2 and maybe we're going that way. But for anyone trying to find a reason not to like it, it's still us and we're really proud of it. The change came about because we were listening to different music like Bruce Springsteen and U2. I feel more comfortable with this sound now. I am so excited about it. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-We've been so blessed to have the love that we have in the UK. It's a country that's so excited about music. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-Basically, the goal now is to keep progressing and growing and collecting an army. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-Hot Fuss sold six million copies and if this album sells six million and one then I think we've done a good job. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- I am an American and so it sounds more American but I think it still can be loved by everyone. I hope so - I hope the British aren't offended! [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- I've never played the guitar in front of people in the past because it was a confidence thing. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-Flood did Depeche Mode's Songs Of Faith And Devotion, which is an album I've loved since I was very young. When it came out it was the heaviest and darkest thing I'd ever purchased and it took me a long time to get used to it. I was only 14 then but now I think those songs are just beautiful. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
-I have had a lot of pressure on me because of my religion. I don't want to make a big deal out of being a Mormon because of my family. A lot of attention is put on me because of it. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- Singing with New Order at T In The Park was exciting. I was so nervous and Pete Hook was making fun of me about half an hour before I went on. [The Sun, Sept. '06]
- I believed for some reason that these people were going to change my life. And they did. [The Smiths, The Cure] [Fashion Rocks, fall '06]
- You can have fun and be out there and be smart, and you don't have to be standing onstage looking at your shoes. Your black Converse. [Fashion Rocks, fall '06]
-I still remember being in the control room and listening to 'Somebody Told Me,' and I knew at that moment. It was undeniable. [Fashion Rocks, fall '06]
-If you say you're the best band in the world, half the people you tell are going to believe you. [Fashion Rocks, fall '06]
-Our sound hasn't changed that much, but the sentiment or where the song is coming from has changed. It's from a much more real place. [Fashion Rocks, fall '06]
- I think it's actually hot in here. I'm in London where their tends to be a lack of air conditioning. [whether he's causing the heat] [Blender, Sept. '06]
- I've watched the show - I'll admit it. But, I lean towards David Copperfield. [Criss Angel, mind freak] [Blender, Sept. '06]
-My ex-girlfriend, two girlfriends back, really liked to listen to Suede a lot. And they're a good band, but I can't listen to Suede without thinking of her, and I really don't want to think of her. That kind of has ruined Suede for me. [MTV, Nov. '06]
-I can honestly say that there's nowhere in the world I'd rather be right now. [Vegoose Festival in LV, Oct. '06]
-I don't know what it was like for Morrissey to grow up in Manchester -- I loved to fantasize about it when I was 15 -- but I do know what it was like to be raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, by Americans, and I did the best that I could to recollect that. [LV Review Journal, Oct. '06]
-We didn't want to make an Americana record, and I don't think we did. We just made a good album.  [LV Review Journal, Oct. '06]
-It's got nothing on the Belaggio, but I used to work across from Sam's Town and live across from Sam's Town, and you just have to see this place. [Spin, Oct. '06]
- I saw Noel a few months before we started the album. He had the same mentality about our band as he had for his own - just go and make the album... He likes our band... We've hung out after one of our shows and he was a real regular dude. He's funny, real funny. He's a happy guy. [MTV UK, Sept. '06]
- Every week, I would scope out the classifieds and look at who the bands would list as their influences. It was always, "Staind! Tool! Korn! Staind! Tool! Korn!" Giant, Oct. '06]
-We tried it on him once and all the guys were just like, hmm. (shakes head.) [makeup on Ronnie] [MuchOnDemand, Oct. '06]
-I have to tell someone about this. I sleep like this (puts his fingers pointing to his chest and wrists up.) I just have to. [MuchOnDemand, Oct. '06]
 -People who are actually friends with Jason Lee have stopped and talked to Ronnie and did not know it wasn't Jason. [Newsweek, Oct. '06]
-It's strange, all the fuss about the beard. The thing is, I've never been able to grow a beard before. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-Rock music is pop music. If you have a hook in a rock song, it's a pop song. The Beatles are pop. The Stones are pop. I think the words rock and pop can go together just fine. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-Yeah, it's difficult to hold true to the values you believe in. But my faith is there for me. It's not as if I stay in every night. Sometimes I go out with the band. But I try to avoid the temptations and that's the difference I think - the fact that I try. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-It kind of shows its face. It's nothing that I set out to do, but it's something about myself which I can't deny. It's a scary torch to be carrying, but y'know, we're not all about Jesus. We still have the ruckus running through us. I think it's possible to be spiritual without sacrificing your credibility. Look at U2 - they touched on those issued in a way that was tasteful and positive. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
- It shows you how sweet they are that the track I did with them was 'In A Little While', which they know is my favourite song. [U2] [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-The first time I met them I was totally star-struck. People over here don't realise it, but in America bands like U2 and The Beatles seem so exotic because they're so far away. That's why we react so strongly to the music. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-He told me that if a journalist doesn't like you and writes a bad interview, go back and have that person interview you for the next album. And if he doesn't like that record either, then make sure he interviews you again. You got to keep letting them know that you're doing your thing, that it just doesn't matter what they say, because you know where you are going with this. [U2's Bono] [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
- Elton's advice to me was just to always work hard, to never get complacent and take things for granted. Of course, that's easy for him to say, considering that at his peak he was capable of writing two or three albums every year. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
- That was a real awkward experience, for us and for him. What do you do? It's David Bowie. I just stared at him, I was like, 'Ashes To Ashes' - love that song. He's not going to realise what an effect his music had on me. You want to tell him, but he hears that all the time. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-I'm from Las Vegas. Showbiz is in the town's blood. Everywhere you go, ever the 7/11, there are pictures of Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. As a kid I moved to Utah and I identified with Sinatra. Living where we did, he represented the big city to me. When I was 16, my folks let me go back to the city, to Vegas. 'My Way' stood for the things that drew me there, that sense of glamour. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
- It was great to have a different inspiration. It made the new album exciting for us. I don't know what we would have done if we'd been influenced by the same people as on the first album. You don't want it to be the same old same old. [discovering Springsteen] [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-When I was 15 years old music changed the way I thought. I took a lot of time with the lyrics on this record because I don't want to be responsible for making anyone stupid or hurting them or taking them around the wrong path. I'm very proud of the lyrics. I think they're positive. It's hard to be positive. I wanted to represent what we were really about on the album. On the first album we were just representing a fantasy of the kind of music I had grown up with but which I didn't know anything about. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-I think we have a command over the crowd in a good way. It's good for us and it's good for them. I guess before I go on stage there's a trigger I pull inside of myself. It's an excitement that gushes over me. It wasn't always like that. It's come with touring so much. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-If I had to go back to one of my old jobs it would be working at Stallion Mountain golf course in Nevada. You do pretty well out of the tips and, also, you get to play golf for free. [Hotpress, Oct. '06]
-We feel like these songs deserve to be seen and heard. So it's gonna be really fun, hopefully, to come see a Killers show, and it's, you know, we want it to be an adventure, and we're working on that. It's almost gonna be like futuristic fairgrounds. I've been saying it's like Josey Wales meets Han Solo. [Sam's Town tour] [The Rock Radio, Oct. '06]
-It feels great that it's out. There just seems, like, such an excitement about it. The world's hungry. [Sam's Town] [LV Review Journal, Oct. '06]
-Those poor guys came from England, and they would go sometimes two weeks without leaving the Palms. They needed to get out. There were big talks about going to Red Rock and going to Hoover Dam, but it never happened. We just didn't realize what we were getting into making this album, I don't think. [Flood & Moulder] [LV Review Journal, Oct. '06]
-I'm so proud that people want to hear what we're doing. We just couldn't ask for anything more. [LV Review Journal, Oct. '06]
- It's getting a little better. People are starting to accept that we aren't responsible for all the wrongs in the world. We'd go round and as soon as I opened my mouth and they heard my accent, I would get treated poorly. That was getting really frustrating for me. [Americans in Europe during Irag war][The Word, Nov. '06]
-If you're walking down the street and there's only enough room for one person, I'll be the person that goes in the dirt. Little things like that I try to be conscious of. [The Word, Nov. '06]
-The next line is, 'It'll all work out'. That's a continuing theme on the album. [Enterlude] [The Word, Nov. '06]
-I'm just a fan, and if I'm not a fan of something and you ask me my opinion..." He shrugs. "But I'm learning. There's a lot of people that are hating what we do and sick of us, and I go on the internet and read about that. And that negativity has affected me. It's made me start to realise that I'm putting that out into the world too, and I feel bad about it. So I'm trying to focus on things that I like. I like The Kooks! [The Word, Nov. '06]
-It's such a positive force. And to get all these people together - I just really feel excited by that. I feel like a lightning rod when we're singing some of those songs. [The Word, Nov. '06]
-We've always talked about U2. When you're standing out in the crowd and they do Where The Streets Have No name. Or One... That's something to strive for. You feel a spirit in the room. I just want there to be classic songs like their used to be. One day U2's gonna get too old! Then what are we gonna do? Shit! We need some people to rise up. [The Word, Nov. '06]
-No! We are! There's no doubt. [when asked whether Franz Ferdinand might be the next U2] [The Word, Nov. '06]
-We saw bands getting ripped for making their album twice, Franz Ferdinand and other bands like that. We don't want to rewrite 'Mr. Brightside' and some of these songs. We already wrote them, and we're proud of them, but you know, you want to move on. [Detroit News, Oct. '06]
- There's that feeling you get when you're in a stadium and U2 plays 'One,' what that means to everyone there. And it doesn't have to be to that many people. You go from U2 size where they sell 35,000 every night to where Morrissey always sells 2,000 a night, but when you're there, there are moments that are just - people say it's a substitute for religion for some people. We're believers. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-For me, the things that were deliberate were to sing like an American, because I'm an American, and to sing about what I know about instead of fantasies. Fantasies are OK too, but I just felt like I wanted to make an album that people could relate to right now. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-I guess the American thing came from people who were talking about how English we sounded, and me actually singing with a fake accent.... Americans are getting a bad rap right now, and we felt that everywhere that we went, whether it was Germany or France or wherever, there's a look that you get when they hear you open your mouth.... It's because of the war and everything that's going on. It's understandable, but to an extent it's not fair because we're just people that were born here, and we're not ashamed of it, and I wanted to sing about growing up here and things that I know about and humanize us in a way. People don't see that, they see us like monsters. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-Some indie kid on a blog, we expect that. But those are ones that we expected to be smarter. Like Mark was saying, they're so used to people not being good that they don't want to believe it. They just want to believe it's a rip-off. [disparaging reviews from top journalists] [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
 -You can't find a moment on this record that's stolen from anything. I mean, this is real music that we're writing; I think it's been so long that they're not used to it. Everybody just waits for U2 to make another album to go see a stadium show or to have something be exciting and big and smart. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-A lot of the album is about things that are dying - values. The way that I was raised, it seems like kids aren't getting raised like that anymore. Sometimes it feels like we are trying to hold on to those values on the album, and then there are other times when it sounds like we're kind of sending them off in style, kissing them goodbye. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-I'm not rigorous, but I'm not moderate either. I'm medium well [laughs]. I think it gives it a push and a pull.... It keeps my life interesting I guess.... [how religious he is] [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-You're almost expected to be a certain way if you're in a rock 'n' roll band. And it's tempting sometimes. You know, you read stories, mythical almost stories of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Depeche Mode and everybody, and it sounds like so much fun. So that's there, you know, just the things around us that we can't control - I guess we could control it a little more, but we want to have a little fun too. [L.A. Times, Oct. '06]
-At first it was hard to tell. Everyone sort of stares at you during the new songs; they're just taking them in. But now that the album's been out for a couple of weeks, we're starting to see something happening. People are singing along. 
-They flow with the other songs really well. We'd been playing those songs for so long, and so many times. It's a big breath of fresh air. So many people are making such a big deal about the new songs being so different, but we don't feel they're that much different. Especially when we play "When You Were Young" and then "Somebody Told Me" almost every night, and it's not that strange.
-I think we're gonna play bigger places, but we're not gonna play gigantic arenas. I'm not ready as a frontman. I wish I could say I was. 


18 comments:

Brightside said...

Thanks so much for this! I swear, I must visit this List every Day.

Your essay on Brandon got you into a top University? Congratulations! You'll have to tell me houw this was done!

Dani said...

It's my pleasure, and thank you! I'm not sure the essay was the only thing that got me in because it was supplemental, but it probably helped a lot because I think it was more heart-felt than my main essay. And I'm guessing the admissions people were impressed that I chose a risky topic about, basically, my teeny bopper crush. It was about the reasons I admire him. I don't think I'll be posting it here though, way too embarrassing haha.

Brightside said...

I actually have to do an essay similar to what you wrote about and I need tips. I have to write about an Inspiratiounal person (guess who) and I've nowhere to start. Any tips?

Dani said...

Ha, well, I depends on whether it's to get into a college or just for a class... But either way, I'd suggest brainstorming all the things you've admired about him and narrowing down to the ones that you feel are most special to you and that make him the most unique compared to just any other famous person. Find specific examples in his behavior/actions/quotes(!) that illustrate your opinions so it's not just vague generalizations (which can easily make someone raise an eyebrow when all they know about the guy is that he is a singer in a scary-sounding band named the Killers and his last name is Flowers). Just focus on making the reader really understand why you admire this guy, it's almost like you have to win them over to your side despite their initial hesitations. Like, inspire them to find out more about who he is because of how much he inspired you. But be careful of sounding too fawning and obsessive over him because then it won't seem serious. It's like a balancing act, pretty complicated. You can never convince someone of something when you sound like a fanatic ;). Anyway hope that helps at least a tiny bit. The truth is I fucking hate essays with a passion so I'm not the best to turn to for help, but they're at least bearable when I write about something I really do care about.

Tayra said...

I came across this list while browsing pictures of The Killers in Google and ever since I discovered it, I haven't been able to stop rereading it XD. I know it borders obssesion, reading celeberty quotes, but it's just Brandon is different form most celeberties, he's wierd and says the most blunt but true things

Raven said...

This is amazing. I'm so glad you put them all together! I recently did a collage of quotes from my favorite musicians, and I found a couple from Brandon that I really liked so I wanted to find more and then I stumbled upon this and it was everything I was looking for. I really love his personality that he shows through these quotes. I admit that through some of them he sounds a bit full of himself, but he even admitted that he tells things like it is and there's nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements so I can appreciate what he's saying. I only wish he wouldn't of said negative things about Green Day. Not that it really bothered me that much. It just kind of disappoints you when one of your favorite bands talks negatively about another one of your favorite bands. But I know not everyone can like each other. But anyways thanks again for posting all these. I really got a good laugh out of some of his jokes. Like him being a "pop tart" for liking pop so much haha. Great stuff. Thanks again. :)

mrsevans said...

FABULOUS. Only serves to further my admiration of him.

T.D :) said...

Great job! Thanks a lot for this. Can't quite remember how I stumbled across this. Funnily some of these quotes remind me of myself! He inspires me through his lyrics and his general style. He seems a truly great man. I've so much respect for him and The Killers. They have their own thing and their own way of doing things. Can't wait for the new album! :)

Adriann Muh L.G. said...

OMG! I can't believe you actually posted all this quotes.

Thank you :)

Brandon is my idol. I love him so much and The Killers too.

I wanted to know when did he say this: "You know, people always ask us if our songs are factual or not.....and, don't kill me, but.......Jenny really WASN'T a friend of mine.
But Andy was."

It's just for personal interest :) Thanks.

Anonymous said...

loved this blog! love brandon! what a guy, the killers really are great, i had the pleasure of seeing them live in Nobember 2012 on their Battle Born tour, loved it and will be seeing them on their next tour!Im 16 from the UK and im preety obbsesed with them! good on them , i love their "do it your self" aproah their differnt and i like that. The songs really are so powerful,cant belive hot fuss is about 9 years old! i still play it all the time!

Anonymous said...

thank you for taking the time to write all this! I'm a guy and I find Flowers a very unique man, I admire this dude haha. I hope The Killers don't stop making music, ever.

dying atheist said...

Thank you for this awesome post. I've always been into Brandon and The Killers but it wasn't till I saw them live in Dubai last week that I started to really appreciate them. I gotta say that's a rare thing for me I'm a regular concert goer and I'm usually disappointed with the singers and bands when I see them live, but the energy and love these guys put into performing just made me love them more.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting, interesting read. Appreciate all the effort you must've gone through.

Unknown said...

"Music makes my blood flow. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a favorite song. I just want to be the messenger."

Where is this from? Where did he say it?

Julissa Miranda said...

"Music makes my blood flow. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a favorite song. I just want to be the messenger."

Where is this from? Where did he say it?

Marisa Montoya said...

Hello, I would really like to read your essay, since you mentioned it, it got me wondering how did you do it and personally I really have no idea how to write and I would really like to get some ideas out of yours.

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