Kings of Leon (formed 2000) are an American rock band, consisting of three brothers (Caleb, Nathan and Jared) and their cousin (Matthew), all of whom have the last name Followill, best known for their single 'Sex on Fire'.
Formation: Kings of Leon chose to name themselves after Caleb, Nathan and Jared's father and grandfather who were both named Leon. The brothers had spent their childhood traveling around the Southern states of the US because their father was a United Pentecostal Church preacher. The brothers moved to Nashville in 1998, before forming the band with their cousin in 2000.
Career: Kings of Leon signed to RCA Records, who put them under the guidance of Angelo Petraglia. The band had a grounded history in Country Music up until this point, and Petraglia began indroducing them to more rock 'n' roll oriented material. Kings of Leon released their 'Holy Roller Novocaine' EP on 18th February 2003. This was followed almost immediately by the 'What I Saw' EP, which was released on 26th May 2003.
Kings of Leon released their debut studio album, 'Youth & Young Manhood', on 7th July 2003, receiving rather high praise from critics. The album shot to the number three spot in the UK charts, although it failed to perform as well in the US. 'Aha Shake Heartbreak', Kings of Leon's second studio album, was released on 1st November 2004. The album received more consistent praise, yet failed to be recognised as much as their previous effort.
In June 2006, Kings of Leon released a limited edition EP entitled 'Day Old Belgian Blues', which was soon followed by their third studio album. 'Because of the Times' was released on 30th March 2007 in Australia (as the country had proved to provide the best sales for the band), before opening in the US and UK in early April. The album received glowing reviews from critics, and topped the charts in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland. Within a matter of days from releasing the album, the band were already working on their fourth studio album.
Kings of Leon released 'Only By the Night' on 19th September 2008. The album saw moderate success with mixed reviews from critics. The band's fifth studio album, 'Come Around Sundown', was released on 15th October 2010. The album debuted at the number one spot in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom's charts. It became the band's highest charting album in the US, with it reaching the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list. Despite this, the album received very mixed and moderate results, receiving an average score of around 3/5.
The band bounced back on 20th September 2013, with the release of 'Mechanical Bull'. The album received far more praise from critics, yet fared worse on the albums charts. It still topped the UK charts and came second on Billboard's 200, yet the number one spot was only reached in four countries, as opposed to eight with the previous album.
Most mentions of walls in the last 12 months have involved Donald Trump and Mexico, so when festival favourites Kings Of Leon released their latest album entitled with this charged word, it posed somewhat of a welcome distraction. Unfortunately, the relief was rather short-lived. While record execs and the Followills' bank manager must be revelling in the success of the commercially viable rock-pop tracks this family quartet have been releasing over the past couple of years, music lovers who followed these boys at the very beginning have instead been inwardly groaning at their progressive blandness - and sadly 'WALLS' doesn't do much to rectify this.
The album kicks off with its best track, 'Waste A Moment', which boasts punchy harmonies and a chorus that's ripe for a singalong, and there's a hint of Caleb's distinctive wavering vocals as he implores us to "never ask to be forgiven". Meanwhile, 'Around The World' is another song to get the listener nodding along, with its tropical-esque beat - even if it does sound as if the band have raided Two Door Cinema Club's melody book; while the chords and lyrics of 'Find Me' have a satisfying urgency that builds as the track progresses.
But the rest of the record is rather forgettable, and the songs seem to merge into one. The spark and passion that was still present even in later tracks such as 'Sex On Fire' a few years ago has burned out, and these new offerings feel fairly soulless and meaninglessly churned out. 'Reverend' possesses a similar languid tone and pace to many of the slower songs that comprised their 2008 album 'Only By The Night', while 'Over' is so lengthy and repetitive that after a minute you wish it would take after its own name and just finish. The production aspect of the record isn't that great, either - the instrumental parts are so dominating that the majority of the time you can't distinguish what is actually being sung (and not because Caleb is doing that hurried mumbling thing we all know and love).
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Kings Of Leon (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill) arriving at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) held at the Ahoy Rotterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 6th November 2016
Kings Of Leon (Jared Followill, Caleb Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill) performing live on NBC's Today show as part of their concert series - New York, United States - Friday 14th October 2016
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The first wave of artists have now been announced for the 2015 Gibraltar Music Festival, which is set to take place at the British Overseas Territory in September. Leading this year's particularly exciting line-up are headliners Kings Of Leon and Duran Duran.
This year's bill is set to be the biggest yet for the family-friendly Gibraltar Music Festival, with Kings Of Leon and Duran Duran being joined by more stellar names including British chart sensation Tom Odell, up and coming singer-songwriter Rae Morris, Brit nominated power pop band The Feeling and four-piece Lawson.
Continue reading: Kings Of Leon And Duran Duran Lead Gibraltar Music Festival 2015 Line-Up
The '1989' megastar helped her BFF Abigail Anderson celebrate turning 25 at a star-studded party over the Easter weekend.
Yet again, Taylor Swift proved that she’s pretty much the coolest person in the world, this time by throwing a huge birthday party over the Easter weekend for her best friend. The pop star attended a surprise 25th party for her BFF Abigail Anderson in Nashville on Saturday night that included a specially arranged guest appearance.
Swift had organised an impromptu performance by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, which happens to be Anderson’s favourite band! Paramore’s Haley Williams was also in attendance, and the two of them broke out an acoustic performance of Dashboard’s 2002 hit ‘Hands Down’.
Swift had a busy Easter weekend, attending parties and going Easter Egg hunting
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Helps Throw A Memorable Party For Her Best Friend
After initially cancelling all August tour dates, the band intend to play the last one at Made in America.
Finally some good news from Kings of Leon – the alt-rock foursome are to play their first gig since drummer Nathan Followill went under for a rib injury. They’re making their return a big event, playing the second night of Jay Z and Budweiser’s Made in America Festival in Philly. The band are in good company, after Kanye West and Steve Aoki headlined the fest’s opening night on Saturday.
The alt-rockers will reunite onstage during the final night of Made in America, Philly edition.
Kings Of Leon will go onstage in the evening on August 31, following a recent update from frontman Caleb Followill on his brother’s improving condition. On Friday, the elder brother explained that Nathan was “doing well” after his injury. Despite not being fully recovered, Nathan will take the necessary precautions to perform at Made in America.
Kings of Leon are to play their first gig since their drummer was injured in a bus crash.
L-R: Jared, Caleb, Nathan and Matthew Followill
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On doctors orders the rock band's drummer has to rest and recover, therefore he is unable to perform.
Fans who are hoping to watch Kings of Leon live this month have been left utterly disappointed, but there is a very good reason for this. The American rock group will be heading home for the remainder of this August and wait for drummer Nathan Followill to recover after breaking his rib.
Nathan Followill broke a rib in a tour bus incident
As previously reported, KoL were forced to postpone their Aug 10th concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, after Nathan sustained the rather severe injury. The drummer broke his rib when the band's tour bus had to suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
The Kings of Leon were forced to cancel a show in New York state following Nathan's injuries.
Nathan Followill, the drummer with Kings on Leon, was being treated for broken ribs on Saturday night (August 9, 2014) after the band's tour bus was involved in a crash en route to their hotel following a show in Boston. The band announced the news on Facebook, noting Followill was recovering well.
Kings Of Leon were forced to cancel a show in New York state
"The band was en route to their hotel after their show in Boston when a pedestrian jumped in front of their tour bus, causing the bus to stop short, injuring Nathan Followill" the statement read. The accident forced the band to postpone their in Saratoga Springs, New York on Sunday (August 10, 2014) until further notice. Refunds will be available to ticket holders.
Continue reading: Kings Of Leon Drummer Suffers Broken Ribs In Tour Bus Crash
The band's drummer sustained broken ribs in the accident.
Fans of American rock group Kings of Leon were left disappointed after they were forced to postpone their Sunday (Aug 10th) concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, due to a member of the band suffering a serious injury.
Nathan Followill sustained broken ribs when their tour bus avoided hitting a pedestrian
Nathan Followill, the band’s drummer, was unable to perform the show because he was being treated for broken ribs, which he sustained after the Kings Of Leon’s tour bus had to suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
Iggy Azalea is set to perform at the Los Angeles based part of the Made in America Festival. She is joining the likes of Kayne West, Rita Ora, John Mayer and Kings of Leon who are also performing at the Philadelphia-Los Angeles festival produced by Jay-Z.
Iggy Azalea will be joining the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Kings Of Leon and John Mayer at the Made in America Festival at the end of August. The festival, produced by Jay-Z, will celebrate its third anniversary in Philadelphia and the first time it has also been held in Los Angeles over the last weekend in August.
Iggy Azalea will appear at the Made in America Festival at the end of August.
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Cuyahoga Falls up next. https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL #ConversationPiece https://t.co/nlESb2FE5D
Clarkston, MI tonight. Tour dates and tix: https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL https://t.co/yKU34zE8wl
Chicago tonight. https://t.co/VEWGHvQGE8
The WALLS come down in Cincinnati tomorrow. Tix: https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL #AroundTheWorld https://t.co/GxZNKuurH0
Toronto tomorrow. https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL https://t.co/A7JEL5ENTx
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New York this week. Tickets: https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL https://t.co/Ad4FKElVUo
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Kings Of Leon will be performing at #iHeartFestival in Vegas on Sept 23rd. Tix: https://t.co/6aksgaIp55 https://t.co/RWjmj7oSOe
Second leg of the North American Tour begins one week from today. Dates and tickets: https://t.co/qf79FnuwOL https://t.co/rXXFkUK6rF
KOL returns to the US this month. Enter to win tickets + Fan Experience packages for you and a friend. https://t.co/moC3NlfraI
KOL has added a second show in Mexico City on November 4th! Tickets on sale this Saturday, June 24th. https://t.co/xakspULUwE
KOL performed “Reverend” on The @LateLateShow with @JKCorden yesterday in London. Watch it here. #LateLateLondon https://t.co/EaKe41qai4
Catch the guys live from London tonight on The @LateLateShow with @JKCorden. #LateLateLondon https://t.co/YtGMMSHD5E
RT @ManchesterArena: This Friday’s concert by Kings Of Leon at #Manchester Arena has been cancelled. Details: https://t.co/Naei0Gt5kL htt…
KOL is touring North America this summer, and you could win tickets + Fan Experience packages for you and a friend. https://t.co/moC3NlfraI
RT @BBCR1: We're so sad that #bigweekend is over, but what a way to finish 🎆🎆🎆 Thanks @KingsOfLeon https://t.co/AssZjdUIME