The Killers is ready for battle

The Killers is ready for battle
(From left) The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr with band mates Brandon Flowers (vocals), Dave Keuning (guitars) and Mark Stoermer (bass). The band will be performing at Helipad, Sepang International Circuit in Selangor on Sept 22.

MALAYSIA - Multi-platinum American rock band The Killers are set to play its first Malaysian concert at the Sepang International Circuit in Selangor on Sunday. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr hopes to bring the band's best to the highly-anticipated gig.

"You know, it's hard to not sound like a car salesman. We're going to pour sweat (and blood) to hopefully end up with a show where everybody is enjoying themselves," said Vannucci, 37, in a phone interview from Los Angeles, California.

The quartet is completed by frontman Brandon Flowers, 32, guitarist Dave Keuning, 37, and bassist Mark Stoermer, 36. Formed in 2001 in Las Vegas, the group quickly established its mainstream rock credentials through its first two albums - Hot Fuss (2004) and Sam's Town (2006). Hit singles like Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young and Read My Mind have earned the band a massive global following.

Kuala Lumpur is the second stop in the band's Asian leg of its current tour to promote the release of its fourth studio album Battle Born.

Vanucci said the song he's most excited to play live is When You Were Young, a single from its second album Sam's Town.

"The song always makes me feel like I'm not even playing! I really enjoy performing that song live."

The band has also announced plans to release Direct Hits on Nov 11. The greatest hits compilation album will feature 18 of The Killers' best tracks.

"It's part of our contractual obligation to come up with a greatest hits album after a certain period of time. It's fun to be able to look back at what we've done for the past 10 years."

He added: "It also gives us the opportunity to explore previously unreleased tracks and demos."

The upcoming album will feature new single Shot At The Night. Since the release of its debut album Hot Fuss in 2004, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

Local rock outfit Kyoto Protocol will be the opening act for The Killers' concert at Sepang.

Presented by Future Sound Asia, tickets are priced RM238 (S$93) and RM358. They are available at selected Rock Corner outlets in the Klang Valley or online at

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>> Look out for our full interview with The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr on Saturday where he talks about his likeness to My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee, and side project, Big Talk.

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