Brandon Flowers just can’t seem to shut up. This time, the Killers’ frontman has lashed out at Green Day in yet another complaint about another band.
Flowers told UK magazine The Word that he was offended by Green Day’s apparent anti-Americanism, having filmed their DVD “Bullet In A Bible” in the UK.
“You have Green Day and ‘American Idiot’. Where do they film their DVD? In England,” Flowers was quoted as saying. “A bunch of kids screaming ‘I don’t want to be an American idiot’ I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me.”
Flowers continued: “You have the right to say what you want to say and what you want to write about, and I’m sure they meant it in the same way that Bruce Springsteen meant ‘Born In The USA’ and it was taken wrongly, but I was really offended when I saw them do that.”
To take it abroad, Flowers said, allowed the meaning of the song to be misconstrued.
“I just thought it was really cheap,” he said. “To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it.”
In Flowers’ opinion, the Killers’ latest effort, “Sam’s Town” paints America in a better light.
“People need to see that, really, there are the nicest people in the world here!” he said. “I don’t know if our album makes you realise that. But I hope it’s from a more positive place.”
The Killers are on the cover of The Word’s latest issue, on newsstands now.