When The Killers recently decided to take some time off, frontman Brandon Flowers had a bunch of already-written songs burning a hole in his notebook. Instead of waiting for the band to reconvene, Flowers took the opportunity to try it out alone.
The result is the glitzy debut Flamingo, where Flowers lyrically aims for Springsteen while filtering it through the bright lights and sequins of Las Vegas, Flowers' home town. Flowers appears to be going for the brass ring with Flamingo, relying more on safe-for-radio pop than his band's trademark synth-heavy guitar rock. To support his Phil Collins-like turn (see Genesis), Flowers is making multiple appearances this week, with performances of "Crossfire" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is hosting Broadway Week, featuring performances from a different current Broadway musical each night. Monday features the cast of "Memphis," which features Bon Jovi's keyboardist David Ryan (who will do the introduction). Tuesday sees the Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth starring "Promises Promises," a sort of reboot of Billy Wilder's Oscar winning film, The Apartment. Wednesday sees Green Day's American Idiot, with Billie Joe Armstrong guesting and Thursday things wrap up with a performance from the buzzworthy "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." Fallon has hosted several Broadway performances in the past, including a memorable one from the Tony award winning musical "Fela." Between that and the Glee parodies, Jimmy Fallon and crew have proven they have the musical bug.
Picks for the week
Monday, September 13
Tuesday, September 14
Wednesday, September 15
Thursday, September 16
Friday, September 17
Saturday, September 18
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