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The Killers Reminisce on Earning Their First ‘Big Time’ Check 18 Years Ago

“Mr. Brightside” meets the “big time.” On Thursday (April 8), The Killers recalled winning the lottery with the “first 25 bucks” they made in the music business 18 years ago.

The Vegas rock outfit shared a picture of their first paycheck from Warner Bros. Records, which was dated April 8, 2003, when the band visited WMG in Los Angeles to perform a showcase. The check was addressed to drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., who kept it all this time and pulled it out of the archives to commemorate the band’s milestone achievement.

“18 years ago today. Our first 25 bucks in the big time. We each got one. Ronnie saved it for Instagram. Shoutout to Warner Bros for giving us a shot,” The Killers wrote on their socials.

The description of the invoice reads, “Per diem while in Los Angeles for showcase The Killers Paula Moore demo.” Moore, the current CEO of the GREATERTHAN app and former A&R executive at WMG, shared The Killers’ tweet on her LinkedIn while giving the backstory of the “big time” $25 check.

“So happy to be the first to believe in these guys, and bring them out to showcase for me and my A&R colleagues at Warner Music Group, especially the illustrious Seymour Stein, who gave me incredible support on this discovery,” she wrote in her post. “I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished. The scouting program I created that discovered them then was so special when I was an A&R executive at WMG.”

The Killers enjoyed a much greater payday in November when Eldridge acquired the band’s pre-2020 song catalog, including “Mr. Brightside,” “Human,” “When You Were Young” and more. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Killers have generated 10.8 million album consumption units worth of activity in the U.S., according to Nielsen/MRC Data, and according to the announcement of the publishing deal, have sold 28 million albums worldwide.

Their most recent album, Imploding the Mirage, earned the rock band its third No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart last fall.

Credit: Original article published here.

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