tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC July 31, 2018 12:37am-1:35am PDT
>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- armie hammer, chat and music from brandon flowers, featuring the 8g band with taylor gordon. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. special counsel robert mueller and donald trump jr. were spotted on friday at the same gate at an airport in washington, d.c. look at this photo. first off, well like of course don jr. is the kind of guy who
crowds the gate. [ light laughter ] while mueller is sitting patiently like, trust me. you're not going anywhere for a while. [ laughter ] second, where are they both going? don's dressed like he's on the first flight out of cancun. [ light laughter ] and mueller is dressed like he's on the first flight period. [ laughter ] or maybe that just is his casual wear. "you probably noticed my top button's unbuttoned. that's because i'm going to the beach." [ light laughter ] according to axios, during discussions about renewable energy, president trump has more than once declared to administration officials, quote, "i hate the wind." [ light laugher ] which is bad news for his lawyer who also blows. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] former president obama and michelle obama were spotted this weekend at a beyonce and jay-z concert. take a look. ♪ [ scattered cheers ]
>> seth: oh, no. you know what that means. they are not coming to save us. [ laughter ] they're like trump who? play "crazy in love." [ laughter ] right now the obamas have one care in this world and it's, "how are these beers $12?" [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," ivanka trump, like president trump, is said to hold grudges. well you know what they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the orange. [ laughter and applause ] supreme court justice anthony kennedy is retiring tomorrow. justice ruth bader ginsburg was unreachable for comment because it's leg day. [ light laughter ] today was national cheesecake day when we celebrate our country's only remaining factories. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] mtv -- mtv has announced it's working
on a new reality show with lindsay lohan. well she's been working on it for years, mtv just decided to start filming it. [ laughter ] a new york man recently proposed to his girlfriend by carving the question into his family's corn maze. and this is exciting, she said, matt? matt? [ laughter ] launch an app that recommends clothing based on a person's spotify listening habits. should it though? [ light laughter ] according to a new study, childcare costs have increased for the fifth year in a row. yeah, they're almost $1,000 now. [ light laughter ] it's a lot to raise a kid. [ applause ] and finally, thanks to newly developed technology, we here at "late night" now have thd ump's head. and you might be surprised to know that, like everyone's inner
voice, donald trump is filled with paralyzing fear and self doubt and is easily distracted. so here is the tiny voice in the back of donald trump's head. ♪ [ applause ] >> okay, donald. it's the tiny voice in the back of your head reminding you not to lose the queen. no matter what you do. [ light laughter ] don't let her out of your -- oh, no. where is the queen? oh, where is the queen? oh, okay, there she is. [ laughter ] now just lumber along side her. don't talk to her or look at her. perfect. very presidential. look at these guys. look like nutcrackers. [ laughter ] what's on their heads? are those big furry hats or are they afros? that's their afros. that's their afros. it's hard to tell. they're probably hats. but they look a lot like afros. [ light laughter ] whenever you ask they don't answer. so i guess you're going to leave england not knowing. one of life's many mysteries,
donald. one of life's many mysteries. oh, there's a little guy at the end. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: we have a great show armie hammer is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he is the lead singer from one of my favorite bands, the killers, whose new box set "the killers career vinyl box" is available now. here to chat and perform for us, brandon flowers in here tonight, you guys. how exciting is that? [ cheers and applause ] before we get to that, president trump's defenders have moved on from insisting he didn't collude with russia to arguing that even if he did, it's not a crime. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> sh:t me point, everyoneye mi might be cooperating with prosecutors. omarosa is writing a tell-all three different people who worked for him called him stupid.
even grimace admitted that when he shot a mcdonald's commercial with trump he was wearing a wire. [ laughter ] and of course we all remember when grimace testified before congress. >> do you believe donald trump colluded with russia? [ light laughter ] >> seth: and trump, who demands loyalty but never returns it, always abandons the people closest to him. for example, when cohen's home and office were first raided by the fbi, trump, who trusted cohen with handling some of his most personal and sensitive matters, insisted that he had nothing to do with cohen. >> let me just tell you that michael is in business. he's really a businessman. a fairly big business as i understand it. i don't know his business. michael is a businessman. he's got a business. thing is his business. and they're looking at something having to do with his business. i have nothing to do with his business. he's got businesses. and from what i understand, they're looking at his businesses. and i hope he's in great shape. but he's got businesses. >> seth: trump says the word
business like hodor says hodor. [ laughter ] at his next rally, trump's gonna show up carrying vladimir putin on his back. [ laughter ] trump -- [ cheers and applause ] trump almost immediately threw cohen under the bus, so it's no surprise that cohen is now apparently turning on trump. first he released his secret tape of trump discussing a hush payment to cover up an affair. then it was reported that "federal authorities have seized more than 100 recordings made by cohen." and trump, unsurprisingly, is not happy about that. >> the daily beast reporting, quote, "two sources who have spoken to trump about cohen this week said the president was furious, hurling expletives per one confidante after cnn revealed cohen had covertly coe" >> seth: i love that they reported that trump used expletives as if that's newsworthy. i mean, michael cohen seems like a guy you use expletives with even when you're on good terms. "i love this guy! gimme a kiss ya [ bleep ] prick!" [ laughter ]
well white house staffers should get ready to hear some more because last week cohen dropped what could potentially be one of the bigger bombshells yet in the russia investigation, claiming that "trump knew in advance about the june 2016 meeting in trump tower in which russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on hillary clinton." which would explain a lot, like this mysterious promise trump made a few days after his son, don jr., got the email from the russians offering dirt on hillary clinton. >> i am going to give a major speech on probably monday of next week. and we're gonna be discussing taken place with the clintons. i think you're gonna find it very informative and very, very interesting. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that's like buying a ski mask and telling the cashier, "you're gonna wanna watch the news tonight. [ light laughter ] you got money in first national? you might wanna get it out of there." [ light laughter ] so now trump's team is trying to paint cohen as a liar desperate to cut a deal. trump's current lawyer, rudy giuliani, lurched out of a fog bank to go on cnn last week
to make that case. giuliani was asked first why trump would have hired someone so willing to lie to protect himself. >> he put his trust in this man for years. he entrusted him with his most sensitive matters and said i gave him full discretion to do things i didn't need to know. it's a fundamental aspect of the president's narrative of what happened with the women. why did he have somebody so close to him -- >> chris -- that's -- >> the guy is so incredible. human condition. right? i mean, we all make mistakes about people who turn out to be. you know, benedict arnold was disloyal to george washington. and our greatest president, right? >> seth: did you just compare donald trump to george washington? [ light laughter ] because, the only thing they have in common is wooden teeth. >> god bless the united shtates. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: giuliani then attacked cohen's credibility and insisted that no jury or prosecutor could ever believe cohen over trump. >> i expected something like this
from cohen. he's been lying all week. i mean or for two -- he's been lying for years. there's nobody that i know that knows him that hasn't warned me that if his back up is against the wall, he'll lie like crazy. because he's lied all his life. the man is a liar. a proven liar. there is no way you're going to bring down the president of the united states on the testimony uncorroborated of a proven liar. i guarantee you this guy is a proven liar. >> but i'm saying credibility is a problem for the president, too. that's not me being unfair. it's me being objective. >> the president's credibility is not at issue. >> you don't think the president has a similar credibility problem? >> he does not. >> seth: yeah, no, no, he does. he does. [ laughter ] he's a liar whose lawyer is lying about his lying lawyer's lies. [ laughter ] this whole story -- [ applause ] this whole story is like a dr. seuss book called "the lie-ax." [ laughter ] so there you go. giuliani said cohen has been a proven liar for years. and i'm sure giuliani has always been consistent on that. >> are you concerned at all that
michael cohen is going to cooperate with prosecutors? >> no. i expect that he is gonna cooperate with them. i don't think they'll be happy with it because he doesn't have any incriminating evidence about the president or himself. the man is an honest, honorable lawyer. >> seth: oh my god. you don't need to secretly tape these guys to catch them in a lie, just point a camera at them and say, "you're on tv now." [ light laughter ] so trump entrusted cohen with some of his most sensitive personal matters for a year and now he's attacking him. and of course he is. trump, his son, and their allies have denied dozens of times that trump had any knowledge of the meeting when it happened. like last year when trump defended his son to reporters and said he would never do anything wrong. >> after spending the past few days hunkered down at the white house reportedly fuming over the news that his top campaign aides including his son and son-in-law met with a russian lawyer last summer to try and collaborate on defeating hillary clinton. the president told reporters "don is, as many of you know don, is a good boy." >> seth: he's 40 and you're talking about him like he's a golden retriever. [ laughter ]
"he's a good boy. very loyal. and house trained. you never hear the fake news talk about how he's house trained, but it's been weeks since he's had an accident." [ light laughter ] although it would explain a lot if trump thinks the older you get, the more you can act like a little boy. because trump's a 72-year-old man who eats mcdonald's, wants a space force, and give people dumb nicknames. by the end of his presidency, his motorcade will just be secret service pulling him in a radio flyer. [ laughter ] so their story has already shifted from saying the meeting wasn't about getting dirt, to saying nothing came of it, to saying even if something did come of it, that's politics. and today giuliani moved the goalposts even further, arguing that even if collusion did happen, it's not a crime. >> i've been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime. >> it's not. >> collusion is not a crime. >> i don't even know if that is a crime, colluding about russians. you start -- you start analyzing the crime. the hacking is the crime. the hacking is the crime. >> that certainly is the original problem, yes. >> well the president didn't hack! >> of course not. that's the original -- >> he didn't pay them for
hacking. >> seth: nothing makes me happier than imagining donald trump personally doing the hack. [ laughter ] hunched over his keyboard with blue light on his face. just banging away with his tiny sausage fingers. "and -- we're in. [ laughter and applause ] we're in." i can't even imagine what trump using a computer would look like. guessing one of those videos of a dog playing a piano. ♪ [ light laughter ] >> seth: so after it seemed like giuliani was suddenly shifting from saying that trump didn't collude to arguing that collusion isn't a crime, he called in to fox news later in the day to clarify his stance by insisting that both things can be true. >> so what i said today that there was no collusion. and, therefore -- and that collusion also is no crime. i've been saying that from the very beginning. it's a very, very familiar lawyer's argument that the alternative, my client didn't do it. and even if he did it, it's not a crime.
>> seth: oh really? because it looks like the police are already here. [ light laughter ] seriously, this argument's insane. just because trump didn't do the hacking doesn't mean he's not complicit in a crime. and besides, trump has already been very clear about who he thinks did the hacking. >> on tuesday, he told "time" magazine that, quote, "i don't believe they interfered. it could be russia. it could be china. and it could be some guy in his home in new jersey. >> i mean it could be russia, but it could also be china. it could also be lots of other people. it also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? >> seth: there you go, it couldn't have been trump. it was a guy in new jersey who's fat. >> we start this hour with president trump who is spending the weekend at his golf resort in bedminster, new jersey. [ light laughter ] >> seth: wait, new jersey? >> at 6'3, 239 pounds, president trump is just short of obese. >> seth: oh, my god! ♪ [ laughter ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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and sitting in with us this week on drums, she's garnered millions of views and fans on her social media platforms and performed with a number of popular acts, such as beyonce, daya and fifth harmony. be sure to check out her videos and more on instagram. the pocket queen, taylor gordon is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: thank you. so happy and honored. our first guest is a golden globe-nominated actor you know from such films as "call me by your name" and "the social network." he is currently starring in "sorry to bother you" in theaters now, and on broadway in "straight white men" at the helen hayes theater. please welcome to the show armie hammer, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: welcome. >> thank you, dude. thank you for having me. >> seth: i'm so happy to you have here.
it is very nice when people on broadway use their monday off to come visit us. >> yep. >> seth: so, thank you so much. i did not realize this until today, that we were in a movie together about a decade ago. >> i like to consider us co-stars. >> seth: yes. >> really. >> seth: we co-starred in a film. >> yeah. >> seth: the film was called "spring breakdown." >> oh, yeah. >> seth: it was a film with amy poehler and rachel dratch, among others. >> right. >> seth: and you -- you had one scene? is that correct? >> i had one scene. i play -- oh, god. i play "abercrombie boy" in the movie. it was -- [ laughter ] >> seth: this is not -- that is not a description. that is the character's name. "abercrombie boy" [ laughter ] >> that is actually -- that, is me. that is me. very -- one of my very first i basically am just there for amy poehler to take body shots >> oh, it was really complex and off of. >> seth: and there you guys are working together. that is fully exactly what that is. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: "abercrombie boy." [ cheers and applause ] >> another one of my co-stars. >> seth: another one of your co-stars. >> yeah, yeah. we're super tight. >> seth: there you go. >> yeah. >> seth: and this is very exciting. this is your broadway debut. >> yeah. >> seth: terrifying to do a -- to debut on broadway? >> oh, for sure. but i mean, i guess that -- that's really the reason why i'm here. >> seth: yeah. >> anna shapiro, our director, called and said, "have you ever done a show on broadway?" and i said, "no."
she said, "how do you feel about that?" i go, "scares the [ bleep ] out of me." and she goes, "as it should. good. you should do it." and i was like, "i don't know. that doesn't really sound like a good idea. maybe that's exactly why it's a good idea [ bleep ]." and then i was like, you know what? as an artist and as someone who wants to constantly grow, you can't be comfortable. you've gotta be outside of your comfort zone. and there is not much more of an area outside of my comfort zone than standing in front of, you know, 700 people, 8 times a week. >> seth: there you go. now, in the -- as you've, sort of, worked your way into the middle of the run, do you -- you must feel comfortable now? are the fears completely eradicated? >> yeah, it's funny. it kinda comes and goes. like, sometimes i'm nervous. sometimes i'm not. and the times that i'm not nervous, that then makes me nervous. i'm like, "why am i not nervous?" >> seth: oh, i -- >> "i should be nervous." >> seth: i know that feeling. >> yeah. when you don't have -- i always felt like when you don't have butterflies, that's a sign that something is about to go terribly wrong. [ laughter ] >> you're like, "am i a psychopath?" >> seth: yeah, exactly. >> "why am i not nervous? i should be very nervous right now." >> seth: this is a crazy thing for a human to do. >> yes. yeah. >> seth: you do -- it's a very serious play with very light moments as well, which is nice. >> yeah. >> seth: you -- there is a dance-off in the play. >> there is a dance-off. >> seth: josh charles, who is a fantastic actor --
>> yes. >> seth: -- you guys dance-off. you do a moonwalk in the show. >> i do a moonwalk. >> seth: is moonwalk in the script, or is that something that armie brings to a production? [ light laughter ] >> no, it wasn't -- it wasn't in the script but there was a moment where, i'm on one side of the stage and they need me to get to the other. and they're like, "can you do, like, this dance?" and i do this dance and i was like, "ooh, i don't really want to do that." i was like, "how about i just moonwalk across the stage?" and they go, "well, can you -- moonwalk?" and as every actor has ever done when asked, "can you do that?" the answer is, "yes." "can you ride a horse?" "yes." "can you -- steer a pirate ship?" "yes." [ light laughter ] if it gets me the job, "yes." so, then i say "yes, i can moonwalk." and -- and went home that night, and the first thing i did is get on, like, youtube and type in "how do you moonwalk?" >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> like, what do you do? and so, now i'm doing it eight times a week because i don't know when to shut my mouth. >> seth: that's great -- yeah. i would have thought that your computer when you googled that would have said, "armie, don't." [ laughter ] >> yeah, probably a better idea not to. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: you also eat a lot in the show. >> i do. yeah. >> seth: you have -- sometimes, you have to do two shows a
night. >> yes. >> seth: and you're actually eating the food, i'm assuming. >> i'm basically the only one on stage eating the whole time. i have to eat a massive bowl of cheese puffs. i eat a chines food meal. i eat an apple pie. i eat a bagel and i drink a glass of egg nog. >> seth: wow. >> and this all kinda came around in the beginning of the show when i was like, "oh, this'll be really interesting if -- if, like, one of my character choices is, he's just always eating." like, that's a really good idea. cut to now, i'm like, what was i thinking? that's was so stupid. [ laughter ] but now, the good thing is is it saves me money because when i do two shows a day, i just don't eat outside of the theater. >> seth: that's fantastic. >> yeah. >> seth: and you -- also, you helped yourself out because you put in the moonwalk to, like, burn those calories off. >> that's basically all i'm doing. yeah. i'm actually flexing the whole time trying to burn those calories off. >> seth: you -- was one of the reasons you're afraid, not just about the 700 people, but obviously, memorizing a great deal of dialogue. >> yes. yeah. >> seth: you posted this on instagram. i was -- a couple things. one, it just is very telling that obviously, when you do a show, you have to learn your lines. and this is you. you wrote your lines down, right there. >> yeah.
it's one of my, kind of, weird compulsions. i write out every line in the script, 'cause i feel like it gives you more attention to detail. >> seth: even other people's lines? >> even other people's lines. >> seth: wow. >> everyone's lines. 'cause writers are really specific. if they put a comma in one place verse another, it means something. it means, like, a shift in idea or a pause or whatever. like commas usually mean. but anyway -- [ laughter ] but, like, it -- it forces you to pay attention. so, i write out everybody's lines. my lines and their lines. then i switch to just writing out my lines. then i switch to only writing out the first letter of every word of my lines. >> seth: wow. >> until i end up with a whole page of just random letters. and if i can't point to a letter and see the letters on either side of it and know where i am, then i don't know it well enough. >> seth: that is -- very impressive. [ cheers and applause ] i also -- >> don't -- don't applaud. i mess up a line at least every night. like, it doesn't work. [ light laughter ] >> seth: but i wanna -- one thing i really want to -- your penmanship, armie -- >> oh, yeah. >> seth: -- is just outstanding. >> yeah. i think i'm just old enough to have missed -- like, my brother has messy handwriting --
>> seth: yeah. >> -- but can type faster than i can. >> seth: got it. >> i think we fall, kind of, on that line when computers were -- >> seth: yep, yep. >> -- more ubiquitous. >> seth: on the wrong side of things, yeah. >> but also, if i actually sit down and write in cursive, it makes me focus even more. >> seth: yes. this is -- but this is either -- if i saw this, i would be like, "this is either a broadway actor preparing, or a serial killer." >> yeah. [ laughter ] maybe both? >> seth: yeah, maybe both. >> maybe both. >> seth: it's just, like, there is a very hannibal lecter-y type thing about a very nice meal. >> yes. >> seth: and then crazy, tight-written script. [ laughter ] >> you don't want to know what the food is made of. >> seth: yeah, exactly. h. >>h: >> go look at the statue of liberty. time in new york. we take 'em to the park. we get to do, like, all this fun stuff. and it's -- it's great. fun, new york stuff. you know, they went on a boat to >> seth: that's very exciting. i guess at three an -- do they understand -- does the 3 1/2 year-old have an appreciation for what new york is? or is it still too young to be -- >> i think she thinks the entirety of new york is central park or, you know, fun restaurants. that's -- >> seth: well, she is in for a rude awakening. >> oh, yeah. oh, yeah. [ laughter ] oh, yeah. yeah. >> seth: take her on the subway. [ laughter ] >> oh, by the way, i have. >> seth: you have? how'd that go? >> she -- mixed emotions. she saw -- she saw what she calls a "rascal," which is a
rat. >> seth: okay. oh -- [ light laughter ] >> and has not wanted to go on the subway since. >> seth: i -- that's such a cuter way of saying rat. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: i feel like if bill de blasio just said, "hey, i want to admit, we have a rascal problem." >> yeah. yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: people would say, "that doesn't sound so bad." >> "that's cute." yeah. >> seth: this is a very, very cute picture of your children right here. >> yeah. >> seth: and that's gorgeous. [ audience awes ] ] >> that's them. that's -- that's actually my wife and i have a bakery.ouloca dallas. it's at the highland park village in dallas, texas. and they love to go and just grab everything out of the display case they can reach and eat it. set how did -- well, ho? >> seth: um, here she is. she's in this photo, here. yeah. >> yeah. that's my wife there. >> seth: okay. >> so, i literally have no idea how she does it, and she thinks i'm an idiot. and she runs it all. so, really, it's a win-win. >> seth: and is she someone that -- does it make sense to you that when you met her, did you think, "we have bakeries in our future?" was that -- [ laughter ] >> i knew it would be something 'cause she -- this is actually true. she -- she might be embarrassed i'm telling this.
she is what's called a "deca dork." >> seth: okay. i don't know what that means. >> deca is like a -- it's basically, like, a debate program for after school but instead of dat seth: oh, intere. >> and so she was -- >> seth: my wife was model un, so we're on the yeah, you get it. you get it. but my wife was the national champion, which means out of all the other, pardon me for saying this, nerds who decide to do this after school -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> -- she was smarter than all of them. >> seth: yeah. >> so, there was some sort of -- >> seth: by the way, all those nerds who have started businesses are like, "we're not writing down our lines at a restaurant, buddy. you can call us whatever you want." yeah. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> by the way -- trust me, they're do -- they're all doing better than i am. >> seth: they're doing great. right. >> like, trust me. yeah. >> seth: me too, yeah. >> no, but she -- it was gonna be something and it just happened to be a bakery. and now it's an extremely successful chain of bakeries. >> seth: how many do you have? >> we have two, but we're looking at opening a third location right now. >> seth: that's really exciting. what a good life for your kids, man. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: it's just -- bakeries everywhere they go. that's not bad at all. [ light laughter ] >> it's not bad. >> seth: hey man, thanks so much for being here. congrats on the play. >> of course, dude. >> seth: it's been such a pleasure to see you. [ cheers and applause ] >> thanks for having me back. >> seth: armie hammer, everybody. "straight white men" is playing
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>> seth: our next guest is a very talented musician and the front man of the grammy-nominated band the killers. their career vinyl box set is available now. please welcome to the show brandon flowers, everyone! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome to the show. >> thanks. thank you. >> seth: i'm so very, very happy you're here. >> taking a chance on me. >> seth: i'm taking a chance on you. i think this is going to work out really well for you. >> this is my first american couch. >> seth: oh, well, congratulations. so i want to start with this. i did not realize the origin of your band was that you guys actually found each other via a classified ad? >> yeah. it sounds -- its sounds old fashioned. >> seth: yeah. >> like where did you get your instruments? at the five-and-dime? >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> but that was in this century. it wasn't that long ago. >> seth: yeah. >> things have progressed so fast. >> seth: you know, the thought
of saying i'm going to be in a rock band and sitting down at a diner with the classifieds seems -- >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you're right, like 100 years ago. >> there were these two magazines, free weekly magazines in vegas and they had at the back of them at each one there was a classified section and i would kind of scthld put what influences you had.es, names. and there were a lot of new metal and stuff that i wasn't really affiliated with. at least i didn't affiliate myself with. and then i saw the beatles and i saw smashing pumpkins and oasis. and i thought, "that's close enough for me." >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and that was how i met our guitar player, yeah, dave keuning. >> seth: that's fantastic. and i will say, like, there's something really bold about having a classified ad for a band which is so great that he did it and saying, "i'm going to put beatles in there." >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you know? >> it's an obvious one, i guess. >> seth: so you guys -- what was your first show like? how many people did you play for? did you feel like it was working right away? >> no. [ laughter ] i mean, it wasn't. we played an open mic night at a
cafe. >> seth: uh-huh. and it was across the street from unlv, the college. and we just took -- you know, we had our slot and we played three songs and i was -- i say this and people don't -- you might think i'm just making it up. but i was looking for a spot on the floor to throw up.st dn't t to make it through. i was just totally open after that gig to having another singer. and then it just ended up, you know, by default i became the singer. yeah. >> seth: that is -- it's very funny to think of the killers as a cafe band. [ laughter ] and then -- do you remember what your three songs were? like, what did you do? >> yeah. we did a cover of -- from a band called travis that we were in to. >> seth: sure. >> it was called "side," a great song. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> and "under the gun" and "mr. brightside." >> seth: now that's crazy to me that you had "mr. brightside" for your first show. >> yeah. >> seth: that seems like really a very good song for your very first show. [ laughter ] >> i had never -- i had never heard it with a beat at that point.->> and so i still rememb
living room and i was on bass and dave was on guitar and i remember the hairs on my arm standing up. it was the first time i'd heard it, you know, with a beat. and it was an incredible moment for me. and i didn't know it was going to grow into what it's become since, but i knew that it was good. >> seth: was it -- you say you never heard it with a beat before. did you -- do you also get nervous when you meet a drummer and he hasn't heard the song yet either when you're like, "hey, i need you to play the drums for this." is that within, like, other musicians do you feel the nerves of them something? >> you know, it's exciting. you never know what you're going to get or if you're going to see eye to eye with everybody. but we've been lucky and we've had a few moments where we've tapped into the universe and it has just been exciting. >> seth: you, obviously by the art on your box set, you guys care very deeply about your vegas roots. [ laughter ] there's no doubt about where you're from. would you have said that what your sound was was a vegas sound? >> it is. you know, we take all these influences that you've had over your life. you can't help but take it in. and then we funnel it through the strip, i think.
and i think that's what we sound like. >> seth: uh-huh. >> especially on our first record. i think you take a lot of these those guys weren't quite bringing from across the pond. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, and then did you -- was vegas, did they embrace you early on in your -- >> no. >> seth: no? [ laughter ] what do you think their hesitation was as far as owning you as a vegas band? >> we wore makeup and -- a lot of makeup was happening. >> seth: okay, good. [ laughter ] >> i was really into the new york dolls. >> seth: yeah, okay, there you go. >> the great new york band. and so i gave that a shot. so we would go to walgreens and pick up eyeliner and eye shadow and lip gloss and stuff like that on the way to the bars that we were playing at. >> seth: that's fantastic. i mean, they do -- walgreens, always, they do it best. >> yeah. [ laughter ] i did not look great in it. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> i wasn't good at it. >> seth: yeah. you -- i mean, i think everybody comes from vegas has, you know, more than -- if you grow up in the suburbs, there are so many interesting jobs for young people. you cleaned golf clubs? >> i scrubbed clubs.
>> seth: scrubbed clubs? >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you were a club scrubber. >> yeah. scrubbin' clubs. >> seth: that doesn't seem like a very -- one of the better jobs at a golf course. >> no, i mean, there were caddies and then there are the pros in the pro shop that were, like, selling, you know, khakis and things like. and i would -- i would wait for the guys to finish and we'd clean their clubs and then clean the golf cart when they were finished. and it was just all about -- i kinda grew to love these kind of jobs. hustle and bustle and you'd feel your pocket filling, you know, filling up with cash. and i sort of thrived on it. >> seth: yeah. and was there a moment where you realized, "okay, you know what, i'm going to try music and leave all this." >> i met a guy at the first golf course we worked at. his name was named trevor. he was eccentric and he was from olympia, washington. and he had the audacity to think that he could make short films and start a band and i had never thought of that before. and so it just opened up a whole new world to me. i mean, i owe a lot to him. >> seth: do you -- >> i can't find him. >> seth: you can't find him? [ laughter ] >> the last i heard, he was in china. >> seth: oh, wow.
and i can't -- trevor, if you're out there, man. [ laughter ] i love him. i owe so much to him. >> seth: that's great. i hope we air in china. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: you have three boys. >> yes. >> seth: well, you were saying backstage, 11, 9, and 7. right? >> yes. >> are they -- do they like that their dad's in a rock band? do they go to shows? >> they're into it. they're so used to it, you know. since they were born that's what i do. and they -- you know, they love music and they've been to gigs. but none of them have ever made it through an entire gig without falling asleep. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, really? >> because we go on at 9:00. >> seth: yeah. >> and so -- i mean, that's already, you know, that's bedtime. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> so my wife's documented a couple instances on her instagram where they're just like -- [ laughter ] dozing off. and i'm, like, on fire on stage, like, giving it. and it's pretty funny. >> seth: you did the panorama festival. >> yeah. >> seth: and -- here in new york. [ cheers and applause ] yes. >> seth: how does that happen? what happens -- >> they bring signs.
>> seth: okay, so someone was holding a sign saying -- >> yeah, we had never done it -- until november last year, this hadn't happened. a kid in dublin brought a sign he wanted to play keyboards on a song of ours called "a dustland fairytale." and we brought him up and it was -- it was amazing. because people are already, you know, coming together at this concert and they all agree on something and it's beautiful to have that sort of congregation of people cheering. but when that kid came on stage, everybody was rooting for him. and we were rooting for him. and it was beautiful. then all of a sudden, it just took on a whole life of its own. and now at every gig, there are people with signs. >> seth: so you had a -- let's take a look at the drummer you brought up here in new york. ♪ ♪ >> he's singing along. >> seth: that's fantastic! [ cheers and applause ] so, how -- be honest, how often is it good?
>> okay. [ laughter ] it is -- i think 60 -- 63% of the time. >> seth: that's a good -- [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: i will say this is a photo, you know, obviously taken. here you are getting -- i mean, look at that crowd. look at the amount of people you have to perform with. that's really incredible that you do that. i do want to say, i know i told you thins once before, we met in 2008 when you did "snl" and my mom was at the show and i introduced you to my mom and you were so polite. and this is sort of a famous story because a lot of people overheard her. and you went back to your dressing room and we were walking down the hall and my mom said, "i don't know why they call them the killers, they couldn't be nicer." [ laughter ] and it is as true today as it was then. thank you so much for being here, man. i really appreciate it. [ cheers and applause ] brandon flowers, everybody! the killers career vinyl box set is available now. we'll be right back with a performance from brandon. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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