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Killers' Christmas Single Tradition Came After They Turned Down Bono's Gap Ad

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The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed that the band's tradition of releasing an annual Christmas single first began after the band turned down an offer from Bono to do a Gap advertisement.

"It really started from being asked to do the RED campaign," Flowers tells NME, referencing the Aids charity that the tracks raise money for each year.

"Bono asked if I wanted to do a Gap ad. And at the time I was feeling too cool to do a Gap ad, I guess. I'd probably do the ad now. December 1 was Aids Day, so I said, 'Instead of doing the Gap ad, why don't we give you a Christmas song?' And it's become a tradition now."

The band's first Christmas song for RED was "A Great Big Sled" back in 2006, while this year saw the band release "Joel The Lump Of Coal," written with Jimmy Kimmel.

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