Every year for the past nine years, the Killers have released a Christmas single, and this year’s no different. The band’s readying a new one called “Dirt Sledding,” as mentioned in this Las Vegas Weekly profile of former tour manager and current Killers music video Santa Ryan Pardey:
A deranged Santa walks up to the camera in the middle of the desert, pulls a tomahawk out of his bag and lights it on fire. The crazed man in red throws the ax at his target, a stuffed teddy bear with a picture of Killers frontman Brandon Flowers taped to its head. It’s a bull’s-eye.
That’s the opening scene of “Dirt Sledding,” The Killers’ upcoming Christmas music video and annual charitable contribution to the (RED) Campaign.
Pardey’s appeared in-character in two of their previous singles — 2007’s “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” and 2012’s “I Feel It In My Bones” — and he’ll reprise his role in their upcoming video for the track, which the band is expected to debut on Jimmy Kimmel’s (RED) World AIDS Day show next Tuesday night (12/1). (They debuted last year’s single on the show as well.)
The band and various associates have been teasing the video, which was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, for the past month. Here are some stills and behind-the-scenes shots they’ve shared:
— Mark Stoermer (@MarkStoermer) October 27, 2015
— matthew gray gobbler (@GUBLERNATION) October 29, 2015
There also may or may not be a Richard Dreyfuss cameo:
"I had this crazy dream that involved candy canes and Richard Dreyfuss. Is that weird?" #premonitiontuesday
— The Killers (@thekillers) November 17, 2015