By Scott T. Sterling

For the Killers, the horrific mass shooting incident at this year’s Route 91 country music festival literally hit home, with the tragedy happening in the band’s city of Las Vegas.

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“My brother sent me a very weird text message,” recalled the Killers’ drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., about how he learned on the incident. “And I thought he was actually there. So I got really scared and called him. He wasn’t picking up the phone. He was somewhere else. I heard about it from him right as it was happening. It was total sadness, and a little bit of anger.”

“You hear about these stories happening all the time on the news. It’s a lot different when it happens to your town,” added singer Brandon Flowers during the interview with KROQ DJs Nicole Alvarez and Strkyer at the 2017 Almost Acoustic Christmas show. “There’s no other words for it than it hits home, and those Las Vegans are our people.”

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