The Killers have a long-running tradition of releasing a Christmas single and donating the proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS via Bono’s (RED) organization. The Las Vegas rockers have now shared the tenth annual installment in the series, “Dirt Sledding,” and an over-the-top video to match.
Though the band releases a Christmas song every year, “Dirt Sledding” harkens back to two specifically, completing the unofficial “Santa Trilogy” the group started with 2007’s “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” and 2012’s “I Feel It In My Bones.” Ryan Pardey, the Las Vegas musician who played Santa in those previous singles, reprises his role for the music video, which was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler and filmed at Nevada’s Sandy Valley Ranch. Actor Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Mr. Holland’s Opus) provides a spoken word interlude.
The group’s Christmas singles have raised more than $850,000 for the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Tuesday marks World AIDS Day and The Killers will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their 2014 Christmas song — a collaboration with the late-night host — “Joel the Lump of Coal.”
“I always feel like I wish I could approach a Killers record in the same way we approach the Christmas songs,” frontman Brandon Flowers told EW last year when the song was released, adding that recording the holiday tunes carries less pressure than normal Killers cuts. “We have more fun recording the songs.”
To check out the video for “Dirt Sledding,” head over to Rolling Stone.