American rockers Kings Of Leon were stunned to be asked by rock legend Bono to support U2 on the American leg of the upcoming VERTIGO world tour.

The FOUR KICKS stars will subsequently play in front of thousands of people every night - a far cry from the 600-seat venues they are used to.

Drummer NATHAN FOLLOWILL says, "We did a TV show called CD:UK in London, and U2 were on the show too. We played, and then they played, and then we were getting ready to leave and their publicist said 'Hey, Bono wants you guys to stay. He wants to meet you guys'.

"So we had some drinks, and he was pretty cool and complimentary of our record, but just like a normal, down-to earth guy. Like a month later, our manager called us and was like, 'We just got the U2 offer'. I still can't believe we're going to be opening for U2. They're the biggest band in the world. Since the news first came out, we've had calls and e-mails from about 300 of our friends and family asking us for tickets.

"Growing up, we weren't allowed to listen to U2, so an album like THE JOSHUA TREE, we just discovered that like two years ago. If we were a band that had grown up listening to U2, we'd be a hell of a lot more scared than we are.

"But what we do take from U2 is the realisation of how great it would be to be a band for 20 years. We can only fathom how great we could potentially become as long as we keep our heads on straight and don't get married and divorced two or three times."

31/01/2005 17:34