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Grammy-winning producer proud of work with Killers' Brandon Flowers

of the Oakland Press

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Daniel Lanois has made some noise by producing fellow Canadian native Neil Young’s latest album, “Le Noise.” But Lanois is equally proud of the year’s other major job, helming Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ debut solo album, “Flamingo.”

“I like Brandon a lot,” Lanois says. “He’s a sweet guy and very, very bright and loves music.” The producer “spent very little time” on Flowers’ album — he estimates about two weeks — but Lanois says his primary contribution was helping Flowers find things to write about.

“I wanted to know about him,” Lanois explains. “He’s three generations in Las Vegas ... and all of the folks before him are grocers, in the produce business. I thought that was pretty cool ... a good story, and I encouraged him to write that story.

“So good, spontaneous compositions came into play due to my stirring the pot a little bit.”

Lanois adds that he also had some sonic input into “Flamingo,” which came out in early September and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart and at No. 2 in the U.K.

“(Flowers) doesn’t have any trouble making electro-based music,” Lanois notes. “I think I managed to get some hand-played music on that record for him, which I think helped make it different from what he does with his band.”

Brandon Flowers and Fran Healy perform Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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