The Killers are shrinking in number by the day - not great timing for a band on the verge of releasing a new album.
With just weeks to go until 'Wonderful Wonderful' is unleashed upon the world, the Brandon Flowers-led rockers have announced that guitarist Dave Keunig is temporarily leaving the band because he wants a break from touring.
It follows on from bassist Mark Stoermer's decision last year to also quit touring, although like Keunig, he has and will continue to contribute to the recording process.
They revealed Keunig's departure via a message posted to social media last night that said 'Worry not, we will not be performing as a two-piece.... As Dave announced to Q magazine, he will be taking a break from touring to spend time with his family. We respect his decision, just as we respected Mark's decision to go back to college'.
Touring members Ted Sablay and Jake Blanton will continue to tour with the band in the departed members' place, although not all fans are happy about that fact:
— The Killers (@thekillers) August 28, 2017
So why don't we just rename it The Brandon flowers wonderful wonderful tour.. ðŸ¤·ðŸ?»â™€ï¸?
— Molly Van Dale (@MollyVanDale) August 28, 2017
We will always respect Dave, Mark and the band. We only wish we knew before buying tickets/reading it in a leaked magazine ðŸ'” #Victimsforever
— Big Talkers (@BigTalkersRVJ) August 28, 2017
we're fine pic.twitter.com/0T6MbiGixx
— wonderful bruna (@justanothrgirI) August 28, 2017
man I love you guys but why you gotta let us find out from a magazine article wish this tweet came out days ago. See you soon â?¤ï¸?
— cindy miller (@cindy_louwho) August 28, 2017
This should have been announced before the tour went on sale guys. Many of us feel it's tainted the usual excitement of a new record/tour. ðŸ˜'
— Amanda (@amandab_UK) August 28, 2017
This is pretty disappointing and I'm a massive fan!! Two original members aren't the killers & shouldn't tour unless all four are there
— ThatVladGuy (@ThatVladGuy) August 28, 2017
Should have considered cancelling. Fans didn't pay for a Killers cover band. 2 less Killers is not the Killers. #Disappointed
— M. Meyer (@AngryFedupVtr) August 28, 2017
— Dustland Ink ðŸŒµ (@dustlandink) August 28, 2017
Even though I understand and respect their decisions. It's heartbreaking when the fab four aren't together onstage ðŸ'˜
— The K became ÏŸ (@TheKillersK) August 29, 2017