Rockers The Killers are planning another hiatus just weeks after speculation about the band's future surfaced after bassist Mark Stoermer's chose to sit out the group's Asian tour. Fans feared the worst when guitarist Dave Keuning then told the NME he was sick of touring and the band pulled out of an appearance at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in California.
But the Human hitmakers have since confirmed they will be performing at the MTV European Music Awards in Holland on Sunday (10Nov13) and drummer Ronnie Vannucci has revealed there's no split - but he and his bandmates need to "take a breather".
The tells The Hollywood Reporter that The Killers' MTV EMAs gig this weekend will be their last for a while, adding it will be "a little while" before they regroup.
He says, "I don't think it will take an unnaturally long time for us to get guys together, but it's time to take a breather and ground out a little bit... I think everybody is looking forward to putting their feet up for a little while and having some normalcy."
Frontman Brandon Flowers has already revealed that he's planning to make another solo album and Vannucci is hoping to record a follow-up to his 2011 album Big Talk, adding, "I think I want to make another record. I'm already starting it. I like to keep moving. I love that notion of momentum. I think some of the guys are just going to chill out, keep writing probably, make sure to get some rest."
The Killers are split over their decision to take a hiatus as guitarist Dave Keuning wants to spend time with his family, while drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. is desperate to make more music before he becomes "fat and ugly". Keuning is eyeing an extended break from the group to be with his eight-year-old son Kyle, according to his bandmate Vannucci, Jr.
The drummer tells Britain's Daily Star, "Dave's becoming more of a father and wants more time off. We all totally respect that, because making and touring an album takes two-and-a-half-years of solid work around the world - more if it goes really well.
"Making the songs is the easy part. It's all the promotion that goes with it that takes you away from your family that's tough."
However, Vannucci, Jr., who doesn't have any kids with his photographer wife Lisa, feels the time is right to continue recording.
He insists, "Not having kids makes it hard for me to put my feet up. I just want to make music, because it's a gift and you don't get to do it for ever - you get fat and ugly soon enough."
Frontman Brandon Flowers, who released his solo debut Flamingo in 2010, recently admitted he would love to head into the studio by himself again.
He said, "I'm definitely gonna do another solo record at some point... I'm always writing songs, and I think - or I hope - that I'm always gonna have that. So what else am I supposed to do with myself?"