Dave Keuning has revealed to Rolling Stone that he will be on The Killers’ new album, and he joined the recording process halfway in. He said he will likely tour as well, though those plans haven’t been ironed out.
Keuning said it felt weird to see guitarist Ted Sablay replacing him at shows. He told Rolling Stone, “Yeah. I did. But I didn’t know how to feel. I still don’t know how to feel. It just is what it is. Someone was going to play my parts unless they were going to not tour at all. This was the compromise. But it feels weird. Sometimes things happen and someone will play my song and I’m like, ‘Hey, that’s cool and I’m flattered.’ But it’s kind of a mixed emotion thing. When that happens, I just try and be rational about it.”
The interviewer said, “If The Edge said he needed a year off, I think U2 would just wait until he was ready. They wouldn’t just get some other guitarist and hit the road.”
Keuning responded, “I’ve had those thoughts. I’m not going to lie. I felt like I was in a no-win situation. I couldn’t ask them to stop even though they wanted to keep going. Either way, I lose, pretty much. It’s a tough choice, and there’s always fans out there that don’t understand my personal situation. ‘Why aren’t you there?’ I’m like, ‘I know you hate me, but at least you’re still seeing Killers shows. I don’t know what to tell you.'”