The Killers Nix Bridge School Benefit Appearance

The Killers have backed out of its performance at this month’s concert. The band is blaming the cancellation on the absence of bassist Mark Stoermer, who is sitting out the current tour.

Brandon Flowers and the gang were scheduled to play the annual acoustic concert Oct. 26. The two-day event, which is organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi, takes place Oct. 26-27 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif.

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We’ll let Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci tell you about it in his own words.

“We are so disappointed we won’t be able to participate in this year’s Bridge School Benefit. The fact of the matter is, without Mark on tour with us right now, we simply aren’t able to prepare an acoustic set for one of the year’s most important music charity events properly. We never want to give less than 100%, and in this particular instance, we simply won’t be able to. We know this is a disappointment for our fans in the Bay Area, for which we’re very sorry, but hopefully we will be able to team up with Bridge School again in the future. It’s an amazing charity, and we encourage our fans to show them a lot of love and support.”

In September the band announced that the bassist was taking time off the road by tweeting, “Mark is taking a breather during the Asia/UAE tour. He will be back soon.”

Stoermer tweeted Sept. 21 via his personal Twitter account, “Everything is alright, just need to spend this time at home. Looking forward to returning.”

With The Killers off the lineup, the Bridge School Benefit still includes performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as Tom Waits, fun., Elvis Costello, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Diana Krall, Heart and Jenny Lewis.

All proceeds from the concert go to The Bridge School, a nonprofit that was founded to help individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities and pursue their goals and dreams.

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