Archive for December 15, 2012


Watch The Killers’ “Here With Me” video, directed by Tim Burton and starring Winona Ryder

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The Killers follow their animated love story of “Miss Atomic Bomb” with the slightly creepier fare of “Here With Me”. The video re-teams legendary director Tim Burton and Winona Ryder with a tale of obsession and, naturally, insanity. Fans of old school Burton, who  ave grown tired of his more Disney flair, will no doubt revel over the throwback trademarks of wax mannequins and startling dark deco themes. Catch the clip and don’t let this chummy holiday season stop you from getting spooked. That clearly hasn’t thwarted this director.

This week, The Killers released a new video for “Miss Atomic Bomb“. Apparently this video wasn’t ready until this week so that’s why the band released previously a tour version with this single.

This is the 2nd music video directed by Burton. “Here with me” was written by Brandon Flowers and Fran Healy from Travis. Tim Burton took inspiration to make this video from the 1935 film ‘Mad Love‘ starring actor Peter Lorre.

“When I heard “Here with me” I remembered seeing a wax figure of Winona (Ryder) in the workshop of Louis Tussaud’s in Blackpool. The concept of the video is inspired by the movie Mad Love, 1935, starring Peter Lorre as well as in the work of Mario Bava “, – Tim Burton

The Killers had to cancel a couple of their shows in New Jersey, Toronto, and NYC due to Brandon’s laryngitis. The band posted the following message at their official website:

We regret to inform you that in addition to cancelling tonight’s show at Camden, NJ’s Susquehanna Bank Center, we have been forced to cancel our shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 14th and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on December 15th, due to Brandon coming down with laryngitis. We hope to have a new NYC date very soon and ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for this future date. Refunds are also available at point of purchase. All tickets from the Toronto show will be honored for a future date, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Here With Me” appears on The Killers’ latest album Battle Born, which you can order here.

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If you missed it earlier, here’s Us Against The World, in full, from the new #Live2012 film.

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Seven songs into the Rolling Stones’ set at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, last night, a roadie handed Mick Jagger a printout. “We’re going to do a request,” Jagger said, adding that fans voted for a song of their choice on the bands’ new mobile app. The winner? 1964’s “Around and Around.”

“That’s an old one isn’t it?” Jagger said. “We haven’t done that one in a long time!” (According to fan site It’s Only Rock and Roll, they last played the song at Toronto’s El Mocambo Club in March 1977). They tore through the Chuck Berry classic, Jagger clapping upward and dancing furiously as if channeling his old T.A.M.I. Show performance, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood weaving double-string licks as the song swung in a way it never really has before. “Yes!” Jagger said with a grin afterward. “That’s right!”

The Rolling Stones 1963-1969: Behind-the-Scenes Snapshots

The Stones got loose last night, their fourth of five 50th-anniversary shows this year. Without the high-profile guests of the other recent shows (Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton), the band seemed to revel in playing with each other. Charlie Watts grinned ear to ear as he pounded the brooding intro to “Paint it Black,” Wood nearly bounced out of his chair while nailing the pedal steel lines to “Happy” while Keith belted the song with such glee he appeared emotional. Jagger was chatty and personable between possessed performances, at one point reflecting on playing Newark in the summer of 1965. “Thank you for 50 years of coming to our shows,” he told the crowd. “Thank you very much.”

Like the other recent shows, the set began with largely early- to mid-Sixties cuts; they played “Get Off of My Cloud” with machine-gun attack, and were triumphant on “The Last Time.” It’s a marvel to see them play these songs, all sounding fresh again after years of dormancy.

The night’s first truly bone-chilling moment came during “Gimme Shelter,” where the band conjured a dark musical storm while backup singer Lisa Fischer howled lead vocals alongside Mick for the first time since the Bigger Bang tour, reminding us no one does the job better. (Mary J. Blige sang with Jagger at one of two London shows and inBrooklyn, and Florence Welch handled the other London show). “I love you!” Jagger told Fischer afterward.

Jagger soon welcomed John Mayer for “Respectable,” a welcome surprise song choice. Mayer delivered with a manic, wicked solo; Ronnie Wood matched him with his own, grinning as he effortlessly pointed his guitar neck toward the crowd. Richards went next, firing away rhythmic blasts with intent focus. But Mayer took the last word with a frenzy of flashy notes. It felt like bad form, but Keith didn’t seem to care, flashing a giant grin – this was a party. They soon flashed forward, nailing the new time-shifting apocalyptic workout “Doom & Gloom,” a new live highlight.

“New Jersey is the only place you don’t have to be working out to wear a track suit!” Jagger joked. He also made reference to the “12-12-12” benefit at Madison Square Garden the night before. “We had an amazing time,” Jagger said. “We even had Bruce open up for us!” (Springsteen joins the band on Saturday in Newark). The night’s only weak moment was “One More Shot” where everybody seemed so lost it nearly fell apart, the band looking at each other for cues. Afterward, Keith shrugged at the crowd and laughed.

But there was nothing quite like seeing Mick Taylor play with the Stones again. For his first time playing with the band on U.S. soil since 1981 (he played with them in London late last month), he emerged unassumingly and unannounced, but as soon as Richards launched into an 11-minute “Midnight Rambler,” Taylor unleashed flourishes of virtuosic greatness that were unmistakably him. As Jagger howled furious harp lines, Taylor rocked back and forth, grooving harder than he did on the entire 1972 tour while the band gave him plenty of room to stretch out. “Mick Taylor!” Jagger said afterward. “He’s great! Really good!”

It was a marathon from there, the band nailing the slinky air-tight groove of “Tumbling Dice” – Keith played the riff eyes-closed, as if meditating in it and a raucous “Brown Sugar.” The guitars blared full force in “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Richards grinning with each riff stab as Jagger punched the air as he sprinted the catwalk tirelessly; after a heavy “Satisfaction.” Taylor returned to take a bow with his old bandmates.

Earlier in the night during his solo set, Keith Richards referenced Hurricane Sandy while talking to crowd. “I know you guys had a rough time. We admire the way you stuck with it. Keep on trucking, you know?” We felt the same way about them.

(by patrick doyle for rollingstone.com)

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