Killers on the loose again

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The Killers are returning to the north east as they hit the road for their first UK tour for four years.

The US band will play at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Sunday, November 4, as part of an 11-date British tour culminating in two shows at London’s O2.

The group, founded in Las Vegas in 2001, are touring to promote their fourth studio album, Battle Born.

Out on Monday, September 17, it is the long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Day and Age, and, according to singer Brandon Flowers it will be well worth the wait.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, no question,” he said.

“It’s the longest we’ve ever taken to make a record, and the longest I’ve ever spent on the lyrics.

“We thought we had enough songs, but then we realised that we didn’t, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready.

“I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before.

“I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs.

“Pound for pound, this is our strongest record, and I’m really excited about it.

“We’re starting to feel more comfortable being what we are, and we’re proud of what we are.”

Tickets go on sale today, priced £32.50 and £42.50. To book, call 0844 493 6666 or go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk

DARIN HUTSON