Ronnie Vannucci is best known as the drummer of Las Vegas’ very own The Killers. Vannucci has always contributed to the songs that have made the four-piece one of the biggest bands in the world. Equally, he’s long written songs on his own, away from The Killers.
When, in 2010, he took stock of his personal inventory, he found that he had, over the years, crafted “50 or 60” ideas that merited further investigation. With the band on hiatus after completion of the world tour in support of their third album, Vannucci realized that his long-held ambition could finally have its moment in the sun.
Ronnie Vannucci is Big Talk, which is the name of his band, the name of his album, and in, a way, both what his record is about and also not what his record is about.
“The phrase ‘Big Talk’ is kind of a comment on all the bullshit that’s constantly being thrust at us from politics and the economy and the record industry,” says Vannucci as he busies himself in Assault & Battery on a glorious spring day. In the northwest London studio, longstanding Killers compadre Alan Moulder is mixing the songs Vannucci wrote and demoed in his Las Vegas basement, then recorded and produced – with help from Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes) – in the band’s Battle Born studio between November ’10 and January ’11.
“The title is sorta tongue-in-cheek,” he adds, pointing out that it feels fitting that he’s releasing the album on his own start-up label, Little Oil (“what’s the antithesis of the big machine? Little oil…”) and in collaboration with Californian punk indie Epitaph Records.
Big Talk will be released on July 19, 2011, the day before their live debut at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Wednesday, July 20
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
Ages 18 and up
Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
3771 Las Vegas Blvd S. (Across from Monte Carlo)
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 22 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Cafe Box Office or at ticketweb.com. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.