Ten years ago today, on 16 September, 2003, four young men from Las Vegas left America for the first time to play their first ever London show, appearing fourth on the bill at Camden’s Dublin Castle. It was the first time the band had played a gig outside of North America. Fast forward to 2013, that band – The Killers – has gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide, headlined festivals across the globe, performed at The White House and picked up myriad awards.
In celebration of their first decade together, The Killers will release Direct Hits on 11 November 2013 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The album begins with the band’s breakthrough hit – and first song they wrote together – “Mr Brightside”. It follows the group from triple platinum-selling debut album Hot Fuss, through double platinum-selling Sam’s Town’s featuring, “When You Were Young”, to platinum-selling Day & Age’s with “Human” and “Runaways” from last year’s Battle Born album. A brace of brand new songs completes the set: “Shot At The Night” was recorded with M83’s Anthony Gonzales and will be released as a digital single today. The video for the song was directed by Robert Schober and was shot entirely in Las Vegas. “Just Another Girl”, meanwhile, was produced by long time Killers collaborator Stuart Price, who produced 2008’s Day & Age.
The Killers have also prepared a special Fan Deluxe Edition that will contain the Deluxe CD, a documentary DVD of The Killers career, as well as 5 10- inch vinyl records comprising all songs on Direct Hits. The deluxe edition of Direct Hits will additionally feature the original demo of “Mr Brightside” and a new remix of “When You Were Young” by Calvin Harris, as well as “Be Still”.
1. Mr Brightside 2. Somebody Told Me 3. Smile Like You Mean It 4. All These Things That I’ve Done 5. When You Were Young 6. Read My Mind 7. For Reasons Unknown 8. Human 9. Spaceman 10. A Dustland Fairytale 11. Runaways 12. Miss Atomic Bomb 13. The Way It Was 14. Shot At The Night 15. Just Another Girl
Deluxe Version Also Includes
16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo) 17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix) 18. Be Still
Plus a never-before-seen Killers Documentary DVD
The Killers are: Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci.