Brandon Flowers wouldn't have made his solo albums if his bandmates didn't go on hiatus.

The Killers frontman insists that his two records, 2010's 'Flamingo' and 2015's 'The Desired Effect', were made simply because he had nothing else to do whilst Mark Stoermer and Dave Keuning went off on breaks between albums.

He confessed to the Daily Star newspaper: ''It's a little frustrating. I wouldn't have made those solo records,

''I was doing it to give Mark and Dave a break.

''I wasn't doing it for the vanity. I would prefer that I was talking about the eight Killers record.''

Dave, 41 - who has one child, 12-year-old son Kyler - announced he decided to step down from the 'Run' group's recent shows in August to spend more time with his family, a decision fully supported by the rest of the band.

Brandon reassured fans at the time they will not be performing as a two-piece, himself and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., and that long-term touring members Jake Blanton and Ted Sablay had replaced Dave and bass player Mark, who quit in 2016, respectively.

In a statement on Twitter, they group said: ''Despite conjecture, The Killers are the same four weirdos we've always been.

''And worry not, we will not be performing as a two piece. As our fans have seen, the live line-up has grown over the years. Both Ted and Jake have been in the mix for a very long time (since Sam's Town and Battle Born). Hell, we even have 3 background singers now!

''As Dave announced to Q Magazine, he will be taking a break from touring to spend time with his family. We respect his decision, just as we respected Mark's decision to go back to college. (sic)''

Mark decided to part ways with the band in order to focus on a degree in art history, but still records solo music.

Speaking about his decision to leave, he said previously: ''I get joy out of making music with The Killers, but being on the road and in the studio was too much.''