Stoermer pictured above, second from the right
The Killers are scheduled to perform festival sets at Governors Ball, Bunbury, and WayHome, among others, but it appears they’ll be doing so without one of their core members. The band has announced that longtime bassist Mark Stoermer will no longer be joining them on the road.
“Mark has decided to take a break from The Killers touring,” a statement from the group reads (via Alternative Nation). “But don’t be surprised if you see him on stage from time to time. Everyone supports Mark’s decision to take a break to pursue other educational goals and releasing a solo album.”
Stoermer joined The Killers back in 2002, during the early years of their inception, and appears on all four of their albums, including 2012’s Battle Born. Outside of the band, Stoermer released his debut solo album, Another Life, in 2011. He most recently joined The Smashing Pumpkins on tour behind the 2014 record, Monuments to an Elegy. No word yet on who will take Stoermer’s place on tour.
Despite his absence onstage, it looks as though Stoermer will still be actively involved in The Killers’ upcoming material. “The four of us continue to work on our fifth studio album together, and we’re all excited about the new songs we’re writing,” says the band.
Below, revisit a pair of songs off Battle Born.