It's not only male rock stars who watch porn on tour buses and make out with fans. The Donnas are four women who date their groupies and sing about their sexual conquests with as much unapologetic abandon as the guys do. We asked the band, who've just released their appropriately raucous new album, Gold Medal, to share their rules for survival as an all-girl rock gang. 1: DO keep your cool around the cops."We were driving across the French border into Italy in this little tiny van and we got pulled over," says bassist Maya Ford (a.k.a., Donna F). "They were yelling, 'Everyone out of the van!' I had a piece of hash in my pocket, so I pulled it out real fast and just threw it. They pushed me against the van and yelled 'heroin!' at me. Eventually they took some money and let us go, but I was really scared.
The Killers are the latest in a series of bands determined to rescue synths and faux British accents from the dustbins of 1984. The Las Vegas quartet's excellent debut, Hot Fuss, which features the hit single "Somebody Told Me," sounds as if Joy Division borrowed Duran Duran's Wayfarers and recorded an album beneath pulsating neon lights on the roof of the Palms Casino Hotel. We caught up with lead singer/songwriter/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, 23, to discuss his childhood dalliance with rayon, his past as a chubby bellboy, and why Vegas isn't a cultural wasteland. You grew up in Utah and then moved to Las Vegas. Why did your family relocate?Actually, I was born in Las Vegas. My parents moved to Utah when I was eight because after 40 years in Vegas, they were tired of it.