Dave Keuning

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Dave Keuning
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Keuning in 2004
Background information
Birth name David Brent Keuning
Born (1976-03-28) March 28, 1976 (age 41)
Origin Pella, Iowa, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk revival
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts The Killers
Website www.thekillersmusic.com

David Brent "Dave" Keuning (born March 28, 1976) is an American guitarist. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band The Killers, with whom he has recorded five studio albums.

Personal life[edit]

David Brent Keuning was born and brought up in Pella, Iowa. He started to play guitar just before entering Pella Community High School where he played in the jazz band. In 2000 Keuning moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2] He found work at the Banana Republic store in The Venetian Hotel and Casino on The Strip.

Keuning has one son and lives in San Diego, CA.


The Killers (2001-present)[edit]

The band began when Keuning placed an ad in the Las Vegas Weekly which read: "Seeking musicians for all original band. Influences: Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, Bowie, Radiohead."[3] Shortly, Brandon Flowers answered the ad and the two began practicing and writing together later to be joined by Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. The Killers' first demos included the future hit "Mr. Brightside" which Keuning wrote the guitar riff to before meeting Brandon Flowers.[4] The Killers have sold more than 25 million records worldwide including four consecutive No. 1 studio albums in the UK. Keuning announced in August of 2017 that he won't be joining the band to tour supporting their newest album, although he will remain a member of the group.[5]

Other appearances[edit]

Keuning has mentioned in interviews that he has some songs he has worked on that he has considered releasing solo or as a side project.[6] He joined Imagine Dragons alongside Wayne Sermon (of Imagine Dragons) during closing track "Nothing Left To Say" on the Into The Night Tour.[7]


Guitars [8]

Guitars are tuned down 1/2 step from standard. Drop-Db tuning for both versions of the song Sam's Town and the recorded version of Tranquilize.

Sound Equipment

  • Furman AR15 Voltage Regulator
  • Axess Electronics FX1+ expansion board, midi foot controllers w/ axess CFX4 control function switchers and custom made Axess Electronics Deville footswitch interfaces
  • Lectrosonics Wireless Units
  • Zaolla Artist and Zaolla Silverline series cables as cables and cable snakes
  • (2) duplicate FX racks are wired up w/Mogami Cable
  • Pedals, in Voodoo Lab GCX Audio Switcher Loops: Keeley Mod Ibanez TS9 (phat mod and baked mod)(x2), Boss DD6 Digital Delay, MXR Phase 100 (x2), Electro Harmonix Keeley Mod Big Muff Pi, Ibanez AD99 Keeley Mod Delay, Ibanez AC99 Keeley Mod Chorus, Digitech Whammy, TRex RoommSpate Reverb, and Buff Puff Boost. And for the acoustic: Fishman Aura Classical Pedal, Fishman Aura Dreadnought Pedal

Picks: Dunlop Nylon – 0.60mm, 0.73mm, 1.00mm


NOTE: Hiwatt currently are one of Keuning's sponsors.[9]

Playing style[edit]

Keuning is noted as a guitarist for playing anthemic and soaring solos in addition to sweetened and often percussive style playing frequently. He is also noted for his "unusual voicings" and "digit-distending, string-skipping" finger work on the guitar in similar fashion of Andy Summers of The Police.[2]

Keuning was featured in Guitarist magazine in May 2009[10] and Guitar World in February 2009,[11] Guitar Player in January 2008 and February 2010,[2] and Guitar Aficionado in January 2013.

In 2010, Keuning's guitar riff in "Mr. Brightside" was voted at number 9 in Total Guitar's 50 greatest riffs of the 21st Century so far.[12]


Keuning cites influences such as The Edge of U2, Robert Smith, Bernard Sumner, Billy Corgan, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, George Harrison, Angus Young, and Mick Mars.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Late Night with David Letterman Himself Performing "Somebody Told Me" as The Killers
2005 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Himself Performing "Mr. Brightside" and "All These Things That I've Done" as The Killers
2005 Saturday Night Live Himself Performing "Mr. Brightside" and "Somebody Told Me" as The Killers
2006 Saturday Night Live Himself Performing "When You Were Young" and "Bones" as The Killers
2006 Late Night with David Letterman Himself Performing "When You Were Young" as The Killers
2006 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Himself Performing "Bones"/"A Great Big Sled" as The Killers
2008 Saturday Night Live Himself Performing "Human" and "Spaceman" as The Killers
2009 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Himself Performing "Spaceman" as The Killers
2009 Late Night with David Letterman Himself Performing "A Dustland Fairytale" as The Killers
2012 Late Night with David Letterman Himself Performing "Runaways" as The Killers
2013 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Performing "Old Man Jimmy (Is Soon to Die)" as The Killers


Other appearances

  • "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" - Brandon Flowers (2010)[13]
  • "Wander" - We Are Hyena (2012)[14]
  • "This Is A Joke" (2014) - Bombay Heavy[15]
  • "Clouds Pretend" - The Hunt (2014)[16]
  • TBA - Blackout Balter (TBA 2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]


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