The Killers Enlist Owen Wilson, Dawes for 'Christmas in L.A.' Holiday Song (Video)

8:00 AM PST 12/03/2013 by Colin Stutz

The Las Vegas rockers release their eighth straight Christmas single with all proceeds benefiting (RED) in the fight against AIDS.

For the past eight years, the Killers have made a holiday tradition of releasing a special Christmas single on World AIDS Day to help fight the disease. This year's carol is "Christmas in L.A.," featuring Dawes on backing vocals and Owen Wilson in an accompanying video that depicts a melancholy actor wandering Southern California in December. 

The alt-country ballad's clip opens with stoic shots of Wilson asking the voice of Harry Dean Stanton for career advice and finding only ambiguous words of wisdom. Soon, the scenes segue in and out of animation, as a cartoon Wilson roams the city's streets. Later, the live-action returns as Wilson is repeatedly rejected by Stanton in his barroom pleas. The prevailing question is whether or not this character was right in his choices that led him to this city, where the lonely lead finds the Christmas spirit all but nonexistent.

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As Killers frontman Brandon Flowers told the U.K.'s Metro (via Consequence of Sound), "the song is about a struggling actor in L.A. who misses the traditional Christmas." 

The singer added, "You’ll never see us smile or let our hair down as much as when we do the Christmas stuff. It always turns out to be a lot of work but it’s really refreshing."

The track "Christmas in L.A." is available via iTunes in partnership with (RED), the organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the fight against AIDS.  

Watch the video below:

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