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The Killers Say Only Reason for Releasing "Direct Hits" Was Contract Obligation

Image courtesy of Island Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Island Records (via ABC News Radio)

The Killers ’ Direct Hits arrived in stores on Tuesday, but if the band had its way, the guys would have waited a lot longer before releasing a greatest hits compilation.  Drummer Ronnie Vannucci says the only reason the band issued the album was because of a contract obligation to their record label.

“We’d wait another ten years if it was up to us, but it’s a contractual thing,” he tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Star . “We can fill a CD so it makes good business sense at this time of year.  However, it’s not like we’re so pleased with ourselves we want to put it out.  It feels like a douchie move.”

While the band is currently on hiatus, Vannucci adds he expects the guys will reunite once everyone has had a chance to rest and pursue other projects. “I’m looking forward to coming back when we’re ready,” he explains. “It’s a very strange existence, a huge juggling act to navigate this rock and roll life. Bands don’t usually make it this long -- if you get past ten years, you’re bionic.”

Direct Hits boasts 15 tracks and features a number of the band's biggest singles, including "Mr. Brightside," "Somebody Told Me,” “All These Things I’ve Done" and “Human.” The release also includes brand-new tracks “Just Another Girl” and “Shot at the Night,” the latter of which was recorded with M83 ’s Anthony Gonzales .

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