The Killers have released their 10th annual Christmas single to benefit (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to advance the global fight against AIDS. Every year since 2006, the Las Vegas rock band has put out a new song whose entire proceeds go to (RED)’s cause.
This year’s single, “Dirt Sledding,” finishes what the band is calling their “Santa Trilogy” and features musician Ryan Pardey reprising his role as Santa and actor Richard Dreyfuss (yes, Mr. Holland himself) performing a spoken word cameo. Rolling Stone premiered the video on their site Tuesday; it boasts The Killers performing by a bonfire in front of teepees and a grimy Santa passing out and then being revived by dancing stuffed animals.
The tongue-in-cheek track, in which we hear Dreyfuss reciting semi-creepy lyrics like, “It’s nice to see you wrapped up, see how far you’ve come. There’s something to be said for being the present – not just getting one,” is available for download on iTunes and Apple Music.
In case you missed it, The Killers will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to perform their Christmas single from last year, “Joel the Lump of Coal.”