The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers reacted to fan backlash over guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer quitting touring for the time being as the band kick off the Wonderful Wonderful tour. Stoermer’s touring exit was announced in 2017, but Keuning’s wasn’t announced until after The Killers starting selling tickets for their 2017/2018 tour. Below is an excerpt from Flowers’ new Music Feeds interview.
MF: There’s been a bit of a blow up online regarding who you’re touring with, you’ve just made a big post on Instagram addressing the topic. Were you expecting such a strong reaction to guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer not coming on tour?
BF: I mean we were kind of prepared for it. Obviously, we’ve been dealing with it internally and personally over the past little while and trying to figure out what’s what, how we’re going to handle it and keep everyone happy. There was no real perfect way to handle it, there’s definitely not a handbook for how to handle these things. I can’t think of another band that’s done what we’re doing and we did the best that we could. We’re trying to navigate these waters! But you know, it would just – I hope that people come to the gigs and aren’t let down because a lot of heart is still going into these shows and a lot of blood sweat and tears went into this album. It would be a shame for it not to be brought to the world.
Flowers also announced he had a bike accident on Twitter.
When mtn biking down hill, don't squeeze left brake. pic.twitter.com/XKLmBKjTZU
— The Killers (@thekillers) September 6, 2017