Brandon Flowers

Las Vegas band the Killers have a new album that turns out to channel a nation's shock

Las Vegas band the Killers have a new album that turns out to channel a nation's shock

A lot of people shed tears after boxer Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson in 1990 (mostly, those who had bet on the much-favored Tyson). But Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, cried for a different reason. It was the first time in his young life — he was born in 1981 — that the usual rules of the world seemed to fail, that things did not turn out like he expected them to.

“I think about that fight all the time, “ Flowers said, mulling over the childhood shock of that match, which inspired the single “Tyson vs. Douglas” on his band’s new album, “Wonderful Wonderful.” “My view of the world changed. I have three sons around that same age, and so many people have experiences...

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