The Killers reveal a bit more about their collaboration with Lou Reed on the blog of their restricted-access fan web site. The group has been recording some material with the rock legend for their upcoming compilation disc of collected B-sides.
"(. . .) And was it mentioned we were in the studio with Mr. Lou Reed? Well, indeed, this was the case last week in New York City," the group writes. "We made a pit stop there to record a tune tentatively titled 'Tranquilize.' Also, while in the studio we laid down part of what is to be a new Christmas song called 'Don't Shoot Me Santa.' It was so much fun last year to do something in the spirit of the season that we have decided to make it a Killers tradition. Again, all the bread will be going to the RED Campaign. A video may also be creeping up in the near future."
In the meantime, the group is still touring and playing "Sam's Town" across the world. They have been traveling for over a year now, and their tour schedule looks downright ferocious to me. I wonder if they ever get tired of playing crowd-favorite "Mr. Brightside" again and again (or if they mind being known mostly for their new wave-ish, rhinestone-studded beginnings.) I just bought tickets to see the group perform in Athens later this month in the tiny 40Watts Club. Very excited to see them play again in a small venue like that.
On a related note, I heard The Doors "People Are Strange" play on the radio here in Amsterdam yesterday. I found it such a fitting song for The Killers to cover. I can totally hear Brandon singing those Jim Morisson lines, "People are strange when you're a stranger. Faces look ugly when you're alone."