Brandon Flowers Reveals Origin of The Killers’ First Christmas Single

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsSince 2006, The Killers have released a new Christmas charity single every year, even when the band was on hiatus. In the new issue of NME, frontman Brandon Flowers reveals that the very first Killers Christmas single originated after U2 frontman Bono offered the band an advertisement for The Gap.

"It really started from being asked to do the (RED) campaign," remembers Flowers, referring to Bono's AIDS charity. "Bono asked if I wanted to do a Gap ad. And at the time I was feeling too cool to do a Gap ad, I guess. I'd probably do the ad now. December 1 was [World] AIDS Day, so I said, 'Instead of doing the Gap ad, why don't we give you a Christmas song?' And it's become a tradition now."

Every one of The Killers' nine Christmas singles has been sold to benefit (RED).

2014's Christmas Killers single was "Joel, the Lump of Coal," featuring Jimmy Kimmel. The band premiered "Joel" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this month.

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