The Killers

ASCAP Vanguard Award

the killers

Formed in Las Vegas in 2002, The Killers belong to a lineage of rock bands that have found both commercial success and critical acclaim. Comprising vocalist/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, the band quickly rose to the forefront of pop music in the mid-2000s with the release of its debut album, Hot Fuss, which spawned four singles including "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me." With its sexy new wave rock grooves, it became one of the biggest releases in 2004, selling millions of copies worldwide, and led to two years straight of touring. The Killers' second album, 2006's Sam's Town, took on more of a classic rock sound and revealed the band to be a musically ambitious act with a playful knack for reinvention. The album spent 42 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 and moved 4.4 million units abroad. In 2007, the band released Sawdust, a compilation album containing B-sides, rarities, and new material. They also found time to fit in appearances on SNL, The Tonight Show and more. Their third studio album, Day & Age, released in 2008, saw The Killers experiment with new instruments and darker lyrical themes. To date, it has sold over 3 million copies globally. Besides the sales figures, the band has received seven Grammy nods and won a variety of MTV, BRIT and NME awards. They've sold out Madison Square Garden and headlined some of the biggest festivals in Europe. ASCAP is proud to add the 2010 Vanguard Award to The Killers' growing list of accolades.