ITM Exclusive: Etienne De Crecy slams copycat Killers

Back in November, ITM drew attention to a crafty bit of copycatting by Las Vegas chart-toppers The Killers. The band took to the stage at The MTV Europe Music Awards in a stage set-up remarkably similar to Future Music Festival headliner Etienne De Crecy’s famous ‘Cube’. Our story sparked some heated discussion, and it seems ITMers weren’t the only ones miffed by the eerie likeness. We spoke recently to De Crecy about his much-anticipated Australian tour, and he has a serious bone to pick with The Killers.

“I’m really upset,” he fumed to ITM. “MTV asked us for the right to use our Cube for The Killers. They asked Exyzt, the architects. They asked to do Etienne’s Cube, without Etienne. Exyzt said no, we can’t do that. MTV said, ‘We can say the Cube is from Etienne and Exyzt ’, but we said, ‘No way’. But then they went ahead and did it. It’s really unfair. We’re starting to… take action. They are really stupid, you know?”

On top of that, De Crecy believes The Killers performance misrepresented The Cube concept. “I’m the one who developed The Cube and they come and show that to millions of people before me. Their Cube is ugly! But you are copied when you’re good…”

Of course, there are two sides to every story. We also had Ronnie Vannucci Jr. from The Killers on the phone recently, and he conceded the set-up was a rip-off… Just not of Etienne. “We can’t take all the credit for it, because it was someone else’s idea,” he said. “It was basically these two German guys who did an adaption of the idea: America used to have a TV show called Hollywood Squares … I was in the Joan Rivers square, the one off to the right.”

Hollywood Squares or not, there’s one pissed-off Frenchman out there with a burning grudge…

The Killers and Etienne De Crecy facing off in court? Stay tuned to ITM for updates!