"There’s kind of a generation that’s leaving now, and the service industry is suffering."

During an interview just moments before taking the stage at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert, Brandon Flowers of The Killers reflected on the enduring effect of hometown Las Vegas, Nevada, on the band’s music, rapping a line from hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur in the process.

“We been from Oakland to Sactown, Bay area, back down,” Flowers quipped, quoting Shakur’s song “California Love” while discussing the Killers’ most recent tour itinerary.

“I think it’s in there. It’s in there pretty deep,” Flowers said when asked about Las Vegas’ enduring impact on his band’s music, including naming the most recent Killers album Battle Born, which appears on the state flag of Nevada. “Once you took us out of it, it really made us reflect on it and look at it a lot more, I think. And so it finds its way into the songs. Hopefully we aren’t overdoing it.

“It can represent so many different things, Las Vegas and the desert,” Flowers continued. “I don’t know if we’ll ever run out.”

When questioned on his feelings towards the city now as compared to a decade ago, Flowers admitted that despite some unfortunate changes, his fabled hometown will always be Number One.

“I would say it may not be better than it was ten years ago, but I still love it,” he said. “It owns my heart. There’s kind of a generation that’s leaving now, and the service industry is suffering. Everything is getting sleeker and sexier. It’s not as cool, I don’t think, as it used to be.”

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The Killers will be doing their part to help boost the local nightlife economy by ending the year with a two-night stand in their hometown on December 28 and 29 at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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