If you are a fan of The Killers and you are waiting for their new album, then you may well be in for a long wait. As it appears, even successful rock bands sometimes need a little breather. According to drummer Ronnie Vannucci, his band The Killers will likely be taking an extended break before releasing their next album, with as reason that bandmate Dave Keuning would like to spend some more time with his family. The guitarist has an eight year old son named Kyler, and is reluctant to spend another two or three years touring and promoting their music while being away from home.
Vanucci told the Daily Star that “Dave’s becoming more of a father and wants more time off. We all totally respect that, because making and touring an album takes two-and-a-half-years of solid work around the world - more if it goes really well.”
The main problem the band has is that they don’t all share the same personal situation. Vanucci himself, for example, doesn’t have children with his wife, and thus has no reason to take some time off. “Not having kids makes it hard for me to put my feet up,” he said. “I just want to make music, because it’s a gift and you don’t get to do it for ever - you get fat and ugly soon enough.” However, Vannucci is not planning to rest on his laurels in this enforced break; he says he intends to possibly make a solo album, or help out by drumming with Queens of the Stone Age—after all, not being a father makes it difficult to step away from making music.
The drummer went on to state that “If we do take a long break, I might make another solo album, or if Queens Of The Stone Age’s drummer ever falls ill, I’ll fight for a spot with those guys.”
In the same interview, it was also mentioned that the band had refused offers to play both at Glastonbury and at Wembley Stadium in earlier years before finally taking their chance last Saturday night (June 22nd). “We’ve seen other bands make the mistake of doing these things too soon,” Vanucci revealed. “Five thousand fans and 200.000 who wouldn’t have known who we were? No way.”
Finally, he added that “Now we’re ready. Wembley is still a massive challenge. I’m trying to tell myself it’s just another big stage, but we need to make it memorable enough to be worthy of all those famous past Wembley names.”
During the show last Saturday, the band performed a special “Wembley Song” as a tribute to the stadium. Watch the video below: