Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon Set 2014 Tour Behind ‘Mechanical Bull’

Kings of Leon Set 2014 Tour Behind ‘Mechanical Bull’

Kings Of Leon are set to embark on a new tour in support of latest album Mechanical Bull next year.

The band have announced the first leg of the North American trek, which kicks off on February 5th in Atlanta, and is set to see the Nashville natives make stops in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, and more, as well as playing an obligatory show in their hometown, before wrapping up on March 8th in Chicago, though more dates are expected to be announced soon, so check back in with us for further details.

Support for the first leg of the tour is set to come from special guest Gary Clark Jr.

The band’s new album, Mechanical Bull, was released in late September, and despite rave critical acclaim, the journey towards making the album was not an easy one, with rifts in the band leaving fans concerned about the fate of the quartet.

After a disastrous concert in Dallas in 2011, the band were forced to cancel 26 tour dates, and lead singer Caleb Followill temporarily parted ways from the rest of the outfit.

After a much-needed rest, and some solid reconciliation, the band regrouped and worked towards their follow-up to 2010′s Come Around Sundown, with drummer Nathan Followill telling Rolling Stone magazine that the band felt sonically stronger than they had in a long time:

“It was how we sounded when we started playing as a band, excited to plug in,”

In the meantime, the band have been doing the rounds on our TV screens, and getting back in the habit of playing live together, performing on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and covering  Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” on BBC1. They also performed at what frontman Caleb Followill called, “one of my favorite shows in a long time” at Chicago’s House of Blues in early October.

Kings Of Leon, let’s never fight again.

Life is Beautiful Festival Tasks The Killers, Beck, Kings of Leon with Rocking Vegas

Life is Beautiful Festival Tasks The Killers, Beck, Kings of Leon with Rocking Vegas

The inaugural Life is Beautiful festival will feature the Killers, Beck and Kings of Leon performing in Sin City.

The two-day festival will take place October 26-27 in downtown Las Vegas, and will feature more than 50 music artists. Other notable performers include Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, Passion Pit, Childish Gambino, STS9, Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Dawes, The Joy Formidable and Living Colour.

“Inspired by our community and a collective desire to positively impact our city, Life is Beautiful Festival is designed to showcase the very best in music, food, art and learning,” said Rehan Choudhry, CEO of Aurelian Marketing Group, the promoter of the festival in a statement. “It is an honor to able to bring this unprecedented talent lineup into 15 city blocks of historic Downtown Las Vegas, creating a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience.”

Allen Scott, the executive vice president of booking company Another Planet Entertainment, said that while the festival does hope to attract crowds from around the region, the lineup was designed to satisfy the tastes of Las Vegas residents.

“This is a local festival as much as it is a destination festival,” Scott said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We were very mindful of what the Las Vegas market wants to hear, and we built the festival foundation on that.”

In addition to the music, organizers wanted to create a food and art festival, as well, and recruited 12 top chefs to shape the food portion of the event. In all, more than 60 chefs will staff “Moroccan-style bazaar stations” that “will allow attendees the opportunity to engage these talented chefs up close and gain insight into their creative process in the kitchen and beyond.”

As part of the Art is Beautiful portion, Cirque du Soleil will perform an act from the new production “Michael Jackson ONE” on the main festival stage. There also will be six other Cirque du Soleil performances presented at the festival.

Review: Kings of Leon, The Shins, Macklemore at Hangout Fest

Review: Kings of Leon, The Shins, Macklemore at Hangout Fest

I’m sitting here on a lawn chair in the sand, watching the waves crash against the sand, as Jim James’ psychedelic musings drifted over from the Hangout Stage. Now that’s the way to see a concert.

Today we come to you from sunny Gulf Shores, Alabama. It is the site of the 2013 Hangout Festival headlined by the likes of Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon. We’ve covered a cornucopia of festivals in our day, but I can’t think of a better spot to host a weekend of great music than at the beach. When we originally circled this weekend on our festival calendar, I assumed we’d be battling fierce summer heat, but the temperatures have been quiet pleasant. They have been cresting out at 80 degrees, and there is always that nice cool ocean breeze to give you a reprieve when you’ve had too much.

The festival organizers have blocked off about four blocks of the beach as well as the street and businesses just north of. It is a fantastic setup, and it boggles the mind how they logistically got all these stakeholders to signoff on this ambitious undertaking. The grounds have the two main stages setup on each end of the beach, staring each other down. There are two smaller stages setup off the road tangled amongst the vendors.

They also have fun distractions to temporarily pull you away from the music. There is a megadrop which will shoot you four stories in the air before plunging you back to earth. There is a large ferris wheel that gives you the bird’s eye view of Gulf Shores in a slightly less exhilarating way.

We spent our early afternoon taking in the musical melodies of Ra Ra Riot, Jim James, Passion Pit and Ryan Bingham. We’ll talk more on this brood in our weekly wrap-up review, but today we’ll constrain ourselves to discussing the main acts – Kings of Leon, The Shins and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

At the Boom Boom Tent, we caught up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who we last saw at SXSW in March. Although the chart toppers probably deserved a spot on one of the larger beachfront stages, it was nice to see them play for an appropriately large crowd of energized fans instead of the notoriously apathetic SXSW industry executives.

Taking the stage in a Mexican serape, which one can only assume was inspired by Florence Welch’s billowing wardrobe throughout last summer’s festival circuit, Macklemore wasted no time launching into tracks like “10,000 Hours” and “Thrift Shop” from their new album The Heist. Hangout Fest was the first stop on a tour that will keep them criss-crossing the Atlantic all summer long.

Based on their performance last night, 2013 is poised to be their year. Since their SXSW performances in March, their stage presence is more honed and nothing short of a spectacle, with Ryan Lewis taking a more prominent role in the performance, as well as saxophone players and a couple of incredible backup dancers who appear to be teaching Macklemore their “smooth moves” in between gigs. The amount of energy on stage is electric, and yes, Wanz is still “fucking awesome.”

What is truly remarkable about Macklemore is that in between all the showmanship, confetti, and catchy hooks are thoughtful, intelligent, socially relevant lyrics, that somewhat take you by surprise. Whether they are rapping about the pitfalls of the modern consumer society, marriage equality, or Malcolm Gladwell’s theories on work ethics, you can’t help by take note that there’s a little more going on here. Be sure to check out The Heist and catch Macklemore live as they perform all over the U.S. and Europe this summer.

The Portland-based Shins came to Hangout supporting their 2012 release Port of Morrow. It’s been a long road since the band first broke out with Oh, Inverted World and their contributions to the Garden State soundtrack. They’ve become indie royalty in the decade since, casting off band members and bringing new ones into the fold. Lead vocalist James Mercer has been the constant as he harvests the band’s creative edge.

They opened their set with Port of Morrow’s “The Rifle’s Spiral” as the sun dwindled on the horizon. Mercer and company sounded very tight as they drifted through their album catalog, sampling pretty equally across the 19 song set. They took the occasional pause, giving a shout out to the inventor of the bikini who they said needs to be sainted (amen brother). It was a nice segway into “Bait and Switch.”

The crowd was engaged if a bit subdued during the Shins set. All time favorites like “New Slang” definitely got them charged up, but the band’s more laid back tone has always seemed more at home in a dark club than an open air festival. Though they may have stepped out of their atmospheric comfort zone, The Shins sounded great, packed about as many songs as they could fit into their set time and did their fans proud. It’s been way too long since I’ve made their acquaintance live.

The Kings of Leon anchored Friday’s line-up. The band has largely been out of the public eye since a series of events in 2011 landed them on the wrong side of publicity. At a show in Dallas, Caleb Followill hit the stage drunk. After playing a few songs, Caleb left to get a beer only to never return. The concert was cancelled and the remainder of their U.S. took the ax as well. Let’s not even get into the bird poop fiasco.

They did manage to get off an Australian tour later that year, but the band went on hiatus soon thereafter. This only prompted loud rumors that the band was no more. At the time it seemed a sad demise for the indie group who rose to fame quickly only to be felled by alcohol and the trappings of fame. I mean Caleb did marry a Victoria Secret supermodel.

This was the Nashville band’s inaugural appearance at Alabama’s Hangout Festival. They’ve recorded their upcoming album, but we won’t see it in stores until September. They opened the evening with to the jangly chords of Come Around Sundown’s “Radioactive.” The “it’s in the water” chorus seemed very appropriate as the waves cascaded under the night’s veil.

The Kings of Leon may have caught the music world’s attention with their breakthrough Only By the Night, but they’ve been making acclaimed college radio hits since 2003. Sometimes I forget with the band’s new rock focus what a country tint they had in their earlier releases. Tonight was a fusion of the band’s sound in their continuing evolution.

The band didn’t get too far into the set before they thanked the crowd, and Caleb said he felt like being himself tonight. His vocal prowess has never been questioned as he gritted into tracks like “Crawl.” The band seemed to be reasserting itself. Come Around Sundown was a commercial dud following the single factory Only By the Night. The band seemed to be saying they weren’t going to be a pawn to the roller coaster of success. They let the music speak for them, and it put a exclamation point on the day.

Hangout Festival is the band’s only U.S. stop on the calendar this year. They will hop the pond for a performance at V Festival in August, and they’ve cobbled together a string of European dates leading up to the appearance. With the new album’s release in the fall, I’m sure you can count on a healthy tour to fill your Christmas stocking.

Day one of Hangout Festival went off without a hitch. Gulf Shores is a beautiful scene, and this is the perfect setup for a music festival. The only thing that may have enhanced the experience would be a way to get in and out of the festival grounds to cool yourself off in the ocean. I’m sure the logistics would make it near impossible to police and corral. We look forward to another day of sun and musical flavor in day two. Right now, we are planning to cover Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and The Roots, but you never know if another band might knock our socks off.

Check back in with us tomorrow and Monday as we continue our coverage of the Hangout Festival.

The Shins Hangout Festival Setlist
Gulf Shores, AL : May 17, 2013

1) The Rifle’s Spiral
2) Caring Is Creepy
3) Australia
4) Simple Song
5) Know Your Onion!
6) Bait and Switch
7) Pam Berry
8) Phantom Limb
9) Saint Simon
10) It’s Only Life
11) So Says I
12) Girl Sailor
13) Kissing the Lipless
14) No Way Down
15) Port of Morrow
16) New Slang
17) Sleeping Lessons
18) September
19) One by One All Day

Kings of Leon Hangout Festival Setlist
Gulf Shores, AL : May 17, 2013

1) Radioactive
2) Crawl
3) Taper Jean Girl
4) My Party
5) The Immortals
6) Fans
7) Back Down South
8) It Don’t Matter
9) Molly’s Chambers
10) Four Kicks
11) On Call
12) Revelry
13) Notion
14) The Bucket
15) California Waiting
16) Pyro
17) Knocked Up
18) Sex on Fire
19) Closer
20) Use Somebody
21) Black Thumbnail

Tom Petty, Kings of Leon Featured at Gulf Shore’s Hangout Music Festival

Tom Petty, Kings of Leon Featured at Gulf Shore’s Hangout Music Festival

The Hangout Music Festival is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated music festivals in the country by adding bigger and better lineups every year. This year’s festival stands to be no different as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline the festival along with Kings of Leon.

This year’s event will be the fourth incarnation of the festival that is held on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama every year. The three-day festival will take place May 17-19, and will feature a third headliner that has yet to be named.

Other notable acts this year include the Shins, Trey Anastasio Band, Black Crowes, Kendrick Lamar, Jim James, the Breeders, Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Ryan Bingham, the Roots, Public Enemy, moe., Shovels and Rope and Bassnectar.

Tickets to last year’s event sold out quickly, and early bird tickets to this year’s version sold out within five minutes of going on sale last December. Three-day passes will go on sale tomorrow, February 15, and organizers seem to believe the festival will sell out again, as no one-day passes will be sold. Additionally, no tickets will be sold at the gate of the festival. The festival has a capacity of 35,000.

In addition to music, the festival features a slew of games, food vendors, amusement rides and more.

Organizers withheld the third headliner last year as well, revealing only that Dave Matthews Band and Jack White would be at the top of the festival’s proverbial marquee. However, it only took a few days for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be announced as the final headliner. No word yet on when the big reveal will happen this time around.

Thus far, the Kings of Leon planned appearance at the show is only the second scheduled concert of the year for the band, following an appearance at the Napa, Calif. Bottle Rock festival earlier in May. The band’s last tour, in 2011, was cancelled due to “vocal issues and exhaustion” suffered by frontman Caleb Followill, according to a release at the time.

Guns n Roses Added as Headliner for Governors Ball

Guns n Roses Added as Headliner for Governors Ball

New York City’s Governors Ball already had two of the biggest headliners of this year’s festival season with Kanye West and Kings of Leon, but now Guns N’ Roses have signed on to make the lineup even more potent.

When the initial lineup for the festival was revealed at the end of January, the third headlining spot was coved by a black bar on the bill.

“We’re stoked to be performing at the Governors Ball!” said GNR frontman (and only remaining original member) Axl Rose in a statement. “We’re all really excited in GNR to be part of this festival, and with such talented and diverse acts in what looks to be a great weekend.”

The festival will be held at Randall’s Island Park in New York City on June 7-9. Other notable performers in the eclectic lineup include Avett Brothers, Nas, The Lumineers, Miguel, Of Monsters and Men, Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The xx and many more.

This will be the third installment of the festival, and the first time it has been held over three days. The first event was a one-day show in 2011, and it expanded to two days last year. Organizers say this year’s festivities will be held in a more spacious site, offering expanded opportunities for art installations and a more extensive list of food vendors.

The date is the first announced U.S. date for GNR this year, which haven’t performed in the country since finishing up a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last fall.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but Rose failed to show up for the induction ceremony saying he was boycotting the event. Original members Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler reunited, however, to perform classic GNR songs with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy stepping into Rose’s place.

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas Sign On for Governors Ball Festival

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas Sign On for Governors Ball Festival

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas and a mysterious “too be announced” artist will headline this year’s incarnation of New York City’s Governors Ball music festival.

In its third year, the festival will expand to three days this year and will be held June 7-9. This is up from two days last year and one day during the festival’s inaugural year in 2011. The event will once again be held on New York’s Randall’s Island.

A ton of other notable artists also will appear at the festival, including the Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Beach House, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Animal Collective, Feist, Azealia Banks, Gary Clark Jr., Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Beirut, Alt-J, Of Monsters and Men, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

Also notable, the festival will mark the first time Kanye West has played a solo show in New York City since 2008.

The event will feature games including ping pong and a life-sized Connect 4. Thankfully, there will be eight water refill stations on the grounds.

Tickets are only sold as three-day packages, and range from $190-$220 per person depending on when you buy. Two VIP packages also are available.

The VIP 3-Day Regular package includes access to the concerts, a special viewing area, access to VIP lounges and bars and air conditioned restroom facilities. The package runs $470. The Super VIP 3-Day pass costs $1,500 per person, and includes everything in the regular VIP package plus car service to and from the festival, on-site concierge, side-stage viewing area for most access, vendor food tokens and a merchandise package.

Guests also have the option of choosing from three different transportation options. The least expensive is a three-day Manhattan Ferry at $45, then a three-day Brooklyn Shuttle is $55, while it costs $65 for a three-day parking pass on Randall’s Island.

Kings of Leon Cancels Tour, Breakup Coming?

Kings of Leon Cancels Tour, Breakup Coming?

The Kings of Leon have canceled their complete U.S. tour. In a statement on Monday, the band said, we are very sorry to announce that Kings of Leon has to cancel our whole US tour because Caleb Followill is suffering from exhaustion and vocal issues. We are devastated. However in order to provide our fans with shows they deserve, we need to take a break. The U.S. dates unfortunately can’t be rescheduled because of our international touring schedule.

The Kings of Leon concert in Dallas on Friday ended disastrously and prematurely. Caleb Followill, the band’s lead singer, told the fans he was going to go backstage to vomit, then drink a beer before coming back to play another three songs.

The singer never did return to the stage. Jared Followill, Caleb’s brother and bassist for the band, did apologize to the crowd. He said that Caleb wasn’t fit to perform the remainder of the show. Jared continued, we love you all very much. I know you hate us right now. I am very sorry. It’s Caleb’s fault, not ours. He can’t perform the remainder of the show. We’ll be back just as soon as we can.

Despite the fact that the official announcement cites exhaustion and vocal issues, the Tweets from Jared following the show on Friday suggests the struggles could be deeper.

Jared tweeted on Saturday, Dallas I don’t even know where to begin saying how very sorry I am. There are problems and internal sickness we need to address. I have no words.
I love the fans of ours very much, he added. You aren’t stupid, I know. I can not lie. The problems our band are facing are larger than not having drunk enough Gatorade.

New Kings of Leon Album Hits in October

With a summer tour currently in their hands and another tour lineup to get underway this fall, rock outfit Kings of Leon still found time to record and release their fifth studio effort “Come Around Sundown” which is slated to hit stores on October 19.

Band vocalist Caleb Followill described what to expect from the new record and what makes it different from the band’s 2008 set “Only by the Night”. Through a conference call interview with the press two months ago, Followill mentioned about utilizing unconventional rock instruments like trumpets, a lap steel guitar and a fiddle for the new record. According to the front man, the aim was to “make these songs live up to what it is that we want them to be, so there are a lot of elements that you may have never heard on Kings of Leon.”

At present, the band is in the homestretch of their summer tour with only six more outings to go. The band would continue the trail tomorrow, August 5, with a show in Camden, NJ and would wrap up on August 22 in Shropshire, UK as part of the V Festival.

In September, Kings of Leon will return on the road for a 15-city US trail starting with a show in Noblesville, IN on September 3 and would cap off on the 23rd in Dallas, TX.

Kings of Leon Map Amphitheatre Tour Across North America this Summer

Kings of Leon will continue to strike while the iron is hot by heading out on the road this summer in support of their latest effort “Only by the Night.” The Nashville rockers will tackle a 32-city trek starting on June 5 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and continuing through to wrap September 23 in Dallas, Texas. The full listing of Kings of Leon tour dates are outlined below. The tour will mainly stop in amphitheatres, and will go onsale on Friday (3/19) and Saturday (3/20).

The band’s latest album “Only by the Night” was released in 2008 and marks their first platinum effort in four tries. The album featured white hot singles “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire.” Kings of Leon recently released an iPhone app entitled “Kings of Leon Revenge” that is under the umbrella of the makers of Tap Tap Revenge. Check it out now in the iPhone App Store.

2010 Kings of Leon Concert Tour
June 2010
5 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel
6 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
30 – London, United Kingdom – Hyde Park

July 2010
9 – Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
10 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
12 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
14 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
17 – Quincy, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
20 – Englewood, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
23 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
24 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
28 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
30 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
31 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

August 2010
3 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
5 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

September 2010
3 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
4 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
8 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion
10 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
13 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
18 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
20 – Pelham, AL – Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
22 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
23 – Dallas, TX – Center