Brandon Flowers Discusses Family, Mormonism, and Temptation

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Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

How Killers frontman Brandon Flowers balances family and faith with the professional requirements and temptations of a rock star.

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has a new solo album out, The Desired Effect, and he sat down with NPR’s David Greene about his Las Vegas roots, self-described devout Mormonism, and family.

Flowers’ father, a former alcoholic, converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, changing his family’s course. After experiencing his own bit of rock star excess and “riotous living,” Brandon Flowers professes to have “learned a lot” as his course steered him back into the Church, saying that “Because I had both of those experiences, it made it easier for me to decide which road I was going to take.”

“Because I had both of those experiences, it made it easier for me to decide which road I was going to take.”

In the interview, Flowers discusses the conflicting impulses he still experiences – whether to indulge in some Babylon or cleave unto his family. It’s an honest expression of the struggle of faith – even with a testimony – that is welcome in this day and age.

On how to balance touring the world as a prominent artist and attending to the needs of his family: “I don’t have to worry so much about my bills, but I definitely have concerns regarding my kids, and I don’t want to neglect them, either.”

Check out the full interview below. It’s a nice little listen.

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