Thursday, February 25, 2010
RIP Jean Flowers
I've blogged before about The Killers and how much I enjoy their music. They've been touring for what seems like years, promoting each of their four (yes, I am counting 'Sawdust') albums with full world tours.Their recent 'Live at the Albert Hall' got voted the best live DVD of the year - in short I think they and their songs are just great and I still remember when I saw them last July at the local French festival (that night when I had my back ache* that then got worse after a wet evening watching them and Springsteen and wishing I could sit down properly).
They were due to play some concerts in Asia and Australia last month, the closing dates of their 14 month touring schedule. A few days before they were due in China the band issued a statement saying that the Asian and possibly Australian leg of the tour were now cancelled due to the illness of a close family member. The rumour mill went wild - were they splitting up? Had Brandon decided to go solo? Lots of very negative press reports were issued and I can totally understand the fans being disappointed but some of the vitriol that was out there was way out of order.
It seems that once you are famous you are just out there at the mercy of those reporters that like to think the worst of people. It happens to everyone in the public eye - we put you there and you owe us a full and frank explanation of your behaviour at all times.
Last week, when it was revealed that Brandon Flowers's (the singer and lyricist) mother, Jean, had died from brain cancer a week or so earlier, a lot of backtracking was done. From a close and loving Mormon family, Brandon had quite rightly felt unable to stand on a stage singing whilst his mother was close to death. However the band did fulfil the final two Australian concerts last weekend and he was even able to sing the song he wrote about his parents falling in love 'Dustland Fairytale'. So, breaking up - NO, but the band are taking a justified break from touring now. As and when they reappear in Europe I'll be seeing my concerts in the UK - I don't have a strong enough back for festivals these days.
*it's taken my back ages to get better - I've had 15 sessions of massage (the doc gave me a prescription for 20) and am keeping five in reserve for when (or, more optimistically, if) it
gets bad again.