Killers guitarist and Iowa native Dave Keuning to cease touring
The Killers paid tribute to Mike Tyson on their new song 'Tyson Vs Douglas' from their album 'Wonderful Wonderful', and now the Vegas band is hoping to work with the former boxer on a film for their song. Wochit
One of America’s best-known rock groups is going to feel a little less familiar on its upcoming tour.
Dave Keuning, an Iowa native and founding guitarist for acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll group The Killers, will be taking a break from touring alongside the group, according to a Monday afternoon Facebook post from the band’s official page. Originally from Pella, Keuning formed the Las Vegas group alongside frontman Brandon Flowers in 2001, rising to international success in 2004 with major label debut “Hot Fuss.”
Prior to the band’s statement, news of Keuning stepping away from the road broke in this month’s print edition of United Kingdom music publication Q Magazine. Similarly, Killers bassist Mark Stoermer announced in 2016 he would be taking a break from the road. Both members remain in the group, but frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. are set to be the two original members of the band to appear at upcoming shows.
The Killers hit the road in January 2018 for a North American arena tour.
“The Killers are the same four weirdos we’ve always been,” the statement reads. “And worry not, we will not be performing as a two-piece. As our fans have seen, the live line-up has grown over the years.”
It continues: “As Dave announced in Q Magazine, he will be taking a break from touring to spend time with his family. We respect his decision, just as we respected Mark [Stoermer] decision to go back to college.”
Along with “Hot Fuss” classics “Somebody Told Me,” “Mr. Brightside” and “All These Things That I’ve Done,” the Grammy Award-nominated Killers are known for numbers such as “Human,” “When You Were Young” and “Runaways.” The Killers plan to release the group’s fifth studio album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” which features comeback single “The Man,” on Sept. 22.
Killers shows booked regionally include St. Paul, Minn., and Chicago; no Iowa tour date has been announced in support of “Wonderful Wonderful.”