The Killers have announced that bassist Mark Stoermer is taking an indefinite hiatus from touring with the band, according to Alternative Nation. A statement posted online by the Las Vegas group explained, “Mark has decided to take a break from The Killers touring — but don’t be surprised if you see him on stage from time to time. Everyone supports Mark’s decision to take a break to pursue other educational goals and releasing a solo album. The four of us continue to work on our fifth studio album together, and we’re all excited about the new songs we’re writing. More to come…”

  • Stoermer did not show up for several shows near the end of the touring cycle for the Killers’ most recent album, 2012’s Battle Born, leading to tension with frontman Brandon Flowers.
  • At the time, Flowers told Gigwise about his missing bandmate, “I hear different stories all the time. tired . . . something physical, something mental. I can’t force him to come here. But it’s fine we are getting through.”
  • The band is currently in the studio working on its fifth studio album, tentatively set for a 2017 release.
  • Flowers discussed the new record in an interview with NME last year, saying, “You get a lot of bands that don’t do great things later on, and so hopefully because I’m aware of that we can really do something better and something great this time.”

DID YOU KNOW? Killers frontman Brandon Flowers released his second solo effort, The Desired Effect, last year.

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • Do you think Mark will really remain part of the band and occasionally perform with them?
  • When an artist or band gets to their fifth album or so, is that usually when cracks begin to show?
  • What would like to hear musically from the Killers this time out?

CHECK IT OUT: Watch a full set from the Killers at Lollapalooza Chile earlier this year: