The Killers singer Brandon Flowers revealed that he’s facing surgery to repair damage to his shoulder from an earlier mountain biking accident.
The news came while Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. were chatting with fans during an Instagram Live interview last week.
“Some of you may have seen the picture I posted and some footage when I went over the handlebars on my bike and an injury from that has manifested itself. I have a torn labrum in that shoulder so I am going under the knife in a couple of weeks to get that taken care of,” Flowers said of the crack-up. In Sept. 2017, the singer wrote, “When mtn biking down hill, don’t squeeze left brake,” alongside a snap of his scraped-up face; at press time it was not clear if an injury in that incident is the one that led to the upcoming surgery.
It’s not the first shoulder issue Flowers has had. The band’s frontman said he’d already been suffering from “bad shoulders” that required earlier decompression surgery on both shoulders in which surgeons “shaved” off some of the bone to relieve the pain. He said this latest incident will have him in an arm sling for up to six weeks, though he did not discuss when and where the accident took place.
During the Q&A, the pair took questions on everything from their favorite Dean Martin songs to how they get out of a creative rut, and whether they’ll ever play the Hot Fuss fan favorite “Everything Will Be Alright” live again. Flowers also hinted that the band is already working on the follow-up to last year’s Imploding the Mirage album.
At press time, a spokesperson for the band could not be reached for additional comment and it was unclear if the surgery could impinge on the band’s plans to tour in the UK in May and June. The outing is currently slated to kick off on May 25 at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.
In January, The Killers dropped a surprise deluxe edition of Imploding the Mirage, which includes the previously-unreleased song “C’est La Vie” and two live tracks.
Watch Flowers talk about the injury below (at 15:25 mark).