Killers Frontman Brandon Flowers' Mother Loses Cancer Battle

February 17, 2010 12:00 AM ET

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers' mother Jean passed away on February 11th following a two-year battle with brain cancer, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports (via Spinner). Jean Flowers was 64. In her obituary, she is credited with leading her children toward music.

Citing "unforeseen circumstances involving a serious illness of a close family member," the Killers canceled appearances at both the Good Vibrations Festival in Sydney and the Good Vibrations Festival in Perth in the days leading up to Jean's passing so Flowers could rejoin his family. At press time, the band is still scheduled to perform at a pair of Down Under shows this upcoming weekend.

When news of the Killers' nixed shows broke, many fans worried the band was going on a lengthy break. However, the group wrote in a statement on their official Website, "The Killers would also like to take this opportunity to assure their fans that any concerns about the future of the band are unfounded. They are all looking forward to some time off at the end of this tour as they have been on the road for a long time, but there are no plans for an indefinite hiatus."

Related Stories:
The Killers Go Mariachi For New Christmas Single, Cast a Bearded Luke Perry in Video
Killers' Flowers Joins Springsteen Onstage for "Thunder Road"
The Killers, M.I.A. and Mastodon Deliver Big Sounds on a Big Scale at Coachella

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »