The Killers help hype the upcoming superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in their second video for “The Man,” a cut off the band’s new LP Wonderful Wonderful.
Brandon Flowers and company perform the track in a boxing ring in the middle of the desert in the video, which features plenty of footage of the boxing legend and UFC star prepping for their August 26th super welterweight fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. The much-anticipated battle will air live on Showtime PPV.
In addition to promoting the Mayweather-McGregor fight, “The Man” video serves as an ode to the Killers’ native Las Vegas, with casinos, lounges and luxury pools on display. Sin City and the Las Vegas Strip played a similar role in the Killers’ original “The Man” video.
“I think there’s a symbiotic relationship between using a song like ours and Las Vegas and a boxing arena. Business of boxing. It seemed to make sense,” Flowers said in a statement. “Oh, you want to use our song? We want to be in a ring too. You know what I mean… and I just wanted an excuse to wear this suit again. Really the main reason.”
As for Mayweather vs. McGregor, Flowers said, “It sounds like an exciting movie in the 80s. It sounds like some movie, good premise. It’s exciting. It is surreal.”
Wonderful Wonderful is due out September 22nd. Boxing plays a small role on the Killers’ new album in the form of “Tyson vs. Douglas,” a song Flowers penned about his own experience watching Buster Douglas knock out Mike Tyson in the 1990 fight.
“It was a monumental fight and it was the paradigm shift at my idea of the world and someone being perfect and someone that I idolized coming down,” Flowers said of the fight.
“I realized everything was different after that fight. It sounds like a big statement to make. It really had a profound effect on me. I think a lot of people have these experiences and I’m not speaking for them, but I’m assuming it can happen with your dad or other types of heroes that you put up there. And so, we explored that with that song and it just kind of comes full circle by the third verse. It’s me talking about how I don’t want to let my kids down. I have a 10-year-old an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old now. And they haven’t gotten to that point yet where they have seen anything. To them I am still sort of flawless and I’m trying my best to keep it that way.”
Flowers added about his love of boxing, “I think we’re nostalgic about it you know. And it’s again going back to the roots of it in Las Vegas. My grandma used to work at the Golden Nugget and she met Muhammad Ali. She met all these characters throughout the years. My dad used to work on the west side of Vegas and he worked at this grocery store and Sonny Liston came in and shook his hand. My dad still talks about how big Sonny Liston hands were. I think that we defiantly have that romance… to me, there’s something romantic about boxing. No offense UFC people.”
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have detailed their score for the upcoming Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War.
The score, featuring 17 tracks spread across two discs or three LPs, will be released on September 15th, two days before the 10-part series debuts on PBS. The Oscar-winning duo recorded 90 minutes worth of new music for the documentary.
“The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels,” Reznor and Ross previously said in a statement.
In addition to the original score, Burns and his co-director Lynn Novick curated two discs worth of music from the Vietnam War era on an accompanying two-disc collection titled The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack. The compilation features music by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Cream and dozens more.
“The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded. We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack,” Burns and co-director Lynn Novick said in a statement on the Nine Inch Nails site (via Stereogum).
“We were equally fortunate to have had the tremendous honor to work with Trent and Atticus. Their original score beautifully complements the music from the time. And we are absolutely thrilled that our audiences will now have the chance to own the original score along with some of the best music from the film.”
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ The Vietnam War Track List
1. “Less Likely”
2. “Four Enclosed Walls”
3. “The Forever Rain”
5. “Other Ways to Get to the Same Place”
6. “Torn Polaroid”
7. “Before Dawn”
8. “What Comes Back”
9. “Justified Response”
10. “Counting Ticks”
1. “A World Away”
2. “The Right Things”
3. “Passing the Point”
4. “Strangers in Lockstep”
5. “Before and After Faith”
6. “The Same Dream”
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Donald and Melania Trump announced Saturday that they would not attend this year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, which will honor LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, TV producer Norman Lear and dancer-choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.
“Each year, the Kennedy Center honors the careers and achievements of artists who have helped shape cultural life in the United States with a weekend that includes celebrations and events,” the White House said Saturday in a statement.
“The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction. First lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”
The event is scheduled for December 3rd at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, with a broadcast date of December 26th. At the event, celebrating its 40th anniversary, honorees are usually seated with the current President and First Lady of the United States.
Skipping D.C. traditions has become a tradition in itself for Trump, who in April opted not to attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
Trump’s decision comes just days after both Lear and de Lavallade said in separate statements that, while they would attend the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, they were skipping the pre-ceremony reception for honorees at the White House, the New York Times reports.
“In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House,” de Lavallade said in a statement.
Lear said he would forego the ceremony because of Trump “has chosen to neglect totally the arts and humanities – deliberately defund them – and that doesn’t rest pleasantly with me.”
When the Kennedy Center honorees were announced in early August, both LL Cool J and Estefan expressed apprehension about attending the ceremony with Trump.
“I don’t have any stunts planned. I’m not saying I need to be there backslapping and all of that, but this time, this one ain’t about him,” the rapper said in a statement, alluding to Trump. “I’m not going to block my blessings or let the political divide stop me from embracing my art. I’m banking on the goodness and the optimism of people to say: ‘You know what? I get it. Let this guy have this honor.’”
Estefan, “a proud immigrant,” said in a statement that she would “make clear and express” her views on immigration to Trump. The Cuban-born singer added, “To get this kind of award is so American.”