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Killers admit going to counseling together


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The Killers have admitted that they went through group counseling sessions in a new interview with NME. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. revealed, “We’re four dudes that don’t want to communicate, don’t know how to communicate, how to lay it out. We needed some lessons. I think it’s healthy. If you don’t clear the air there’s a lot of separation. Cracks start to feel like wedges then canyons, and then paranoia builds up and you misconstrue everything.”

Vannucci added about the sessions, “It cut through the bulls**t. On tour you don’t wanna rock the boat too much, and it taught that, instead of letting something go an entire six week tour, if something happens f**king deal with it right there.”

  • The therapy sessions helped the band deal with bassist Mark Stoermer‘s decision to quit playing with the group. Vannucci explained, “Everybody accepted it and, you know, didn’t fire him — which he was totally open for. I think he was expecting it. We were just like, ‘Dude, we get it, you need a break, I think we can make this work.'”
  • Vannucci also addressed guitarist Dave Keuning‘s absence from the band’s upcoming world tour, saying, “He wants to raise his kid and it’s not always conducive for schooling and stuff to bring an 11-year- old out on the road for two years. Whatever keeps everybody in the car.”
  • Both Stoermer and Keuning played on the new Killers album, Wonderful Wonderful, and remain official members of the group.
  • Frontman Brandon Flowers noted, “We are four different people. We’ve grown over the years, but we didn’t all necessarily become the same man.”
  • Wonderful Wonderful arrives on Friday (September 22nd) and features the Number Two single “The Man.” It’s the Las Vegas act’s fifth studio album and first since 2012’s Battle Born.


SIDE NOTES: Metallica famously revealed that they had hired a therapist to work with the band during the turbulent period leading up to making of their 2003 album St. Anger. The results were chronicled in the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster


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