Women in Music 2019

Killers Prepping Live DVD, Covers Album

Even though The Killers are deep into touring their third studio effort "Day & Age," drummer Ronnie Vannucci tells Billboard.com plans are in the works for a DVD concert release later this year.

"We're working on some ideas for what will be our first DVD," Vannucci says. "We've been kind of hounded about it for a while, and haven't really thought we were due for it yet, but I think it's time. I think we're approaching the moment of DVD mass hysteria."

That's not all the band is currently working on. In addition to tinkering around with songwriting ideas for its next Christmas single, the percussionist admits there have been internal discussions about the long-rumored Killers covers album. Songs already recorded include Bright Eyes cover "Four Winds (U.K. B-side for "Spaceman"), as well as a Cyndi Lauper tune and a version of Murray Head's "One Night in Bangkok." Regarding the latter track, Vannucci says the band "messed around" and recorded it with Louis XIV. He stressed at the very least a street date for the covers project remains far off, if not open-ended.

"Yeah, that's happening," Vannucci says. "We have a couple in the can but I don't know when the hell we'll get it off the ground to release it. But it's going to happen. I think it's a good thing for us to do. Let's say the shit hits the fan and it never gets released, it's at the very least nice to kind of study other people's music in the way songs are written or constructed.

"It's going to be one of those things that will be more fun for us than anybody else. I think it's still a while off but things move kind of fast with us and get cooking, so it could just be when we have a collection of songs for the press, we'll put it out there."

With plenty of life left in "Day & Age," The Killers, who are currently finishing up a stateside tour before heading to Europe next month, are looking forward to releasing the album's third single; however, that track varies from continent to continent.

"It depends on what country you're in," Vannucci laughs. "That's the weird phenomenon about this album. We're realizing that other counties are picking their own singles. So in America, the next single will be 'A Dustland Fairytale,' but in the U.K., Europe and Australia, it's 'The World We Live In.' But Australia is also playing 'Losing Touch.' Spain is hip to 'I Can't Stay,' which isn't really a surprise. At first when we played it over here it was a little bit like head scratching. But who knows, it could all of a sudden turn around. 'Bones' was like that.

"Hell, the whole 'Sam's Town' record was like that. Now when we play 'Sam's Town' stuff, they freak out."

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