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Name: Brandon Flowers
DOB: 21 June 1981
Birth Place: Henderson, Nevada, USA
Claim to fame: The Killers frontman
- Brandon’s band played for Barack Obama at the White House on Independence Day 2010
- Rufus Wainwright wrote the song Tulsa for Brandon, comparing him to Marlon Brando
- Renowned for his style, Brandon’s facial hair came in 18th place in the NME's 2007 Cool List
- On tour Brandon’s band have two tour buses – one for the married band members, one for the single guys
Stadium-rocker Brandon never meant to become a rock star. Born into a Mormon family in Nevada, he was more into golf than music as a kid. Moving to Las Vegas, America’s infamous Sin City at the age of 16 changed all that. Working as a bellhop at a hotel casino, Brandon became obsessed with British pop bands and when he heard Changes by David Bowie on the radio, he knew he’d found his calling.
Answering a newspaper ad in 2001 he joined The Killers at age 20. With their unique brand of stadium rock, Brandon’s style, matinee idol looks and ability to get any crowd pumped, the band have gone on to sell over 18 million copies of their three #1 albums, picking up four NME awards, two BRITS and seven Grammy nominations along the way.
Despite the international rock superstardom, Brandon’s not throwing any TV sets out of any hotel windows. Unusually for a chart-topping, guyliner-wearing rocker, he is still a Mormon, married with three sons, and eschews drinking, drugtaking, and girls - although he does admit he’s been tempted.
After filling stadiums and arenas and playing to packed festivals for six years straight, Brandon’s band took a hiatus in 2010. He launched a successful solo career of his own with his debut album Flamingo in September 2010. It went straight to #1 in the UK. But it’s not all over for The Killers - the band is currently back in Las Vegas working on their fourth album.