The Killers Confirm They Won't Be Touring With Longtime Guitarist, Bassist

Erik Weiss
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The Killers, whose upcoming album Wonderful Wonderful is set for release in September, will be heading out on the road with only two of the band's founding members. 

"Despite conjecture, The Killers are the same four weirdos we’ve always been," the band wrote in a note shared on Twitter. "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. Both Ted and Jake have been in the mix for a very long time (since Sam’s Town and Battle Born). Hell, we even have 3 background singers now!" (The note referenced touring members Ted Sablay and Jake Blanton.)

The update continued: "As Dave announced to 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’s decision to go back to college."

Dave Keuning is the band's longtime guitarist. Bassist Mark Stoermer, who is working towards a bachelor's degree in art history and also records solo music, previously explained to Billboard why he opted out of the group's rigorous touring schedule: “I get joy out of making music with The Killers, but being on the road and in the studio was too much."

On the band's upcoming tour, scheduled to begin in January, Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. will be the only original Killers to take the stage.

Read the band's note in full below.