Kings of Leon 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour Opening Band: Young the Giant, White Lies, Twin Atlantic, KONGOS (varies nightly)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What songs are featured on Kings of Leon’s setlist?
Kings of Leon’s unequivocal mainstream breakthrough was 2008’s Only by the Night. By the time of their breakthrough, the band had already built up a few albums of lesser known material to roll out at shows.
Yet with two more albums added to their arsenal and their newly found worldwide popularity, the band has a lot more material to play this. The band makes a few changes to their setlist on subsequent dates, including some moving around and swapping of material mid-setlist. This includes exchanging out “Back Down South” from 2010’s Come Around Sundown for “Notion” from their 2008 release.
Sometimes, the band will add “Beautiful War” from their most recent release, 2013’s Mechanical Bull. The track is added towards the end of the setlist to precede one of their two biggest hits — “Use Somebody.”
From there, the setlist is rather stagnant. The band peculiarly leaves plenty of room for songs from their first largely overlooked albums. Youth & Young Manhood features performances of “Molly’s Chambers” and “Red Morning Light.” These songs are much more stylistically different than their later radio/rock format. They have a thick garage sound to them that makes them unique, and perhaps leads to why they are still played steadily. Their sophomore release, Aha Shake Heartbreak, is represented shockingly well with upwards of four songs. These include “Four Kicks,” “Taper Jean Girl,” and “The Bucket.”
The band leans slightly into their newest album with six songs in total. They open with deeper album cut “Supersoaker” and then lead into “family Tree” and “Don’t Matter” which appears a little late in the setlist. No release goes unaccounted for in one of the best album balances seen by a modern rock band.
Though, the closing song is still their most sensational and biggest hit to date — “Sex on Fire.” Below is a typical setlist off the 2014 Kings of Leon tour.
Taper Jean Girl
Red Morning Light
King of the Rodeo
Sex on Fire
How long is a Kings of Leon concert?
The band performs every minute of two hours each night. It is also worth mentioning that they are not big talkers. Remaining rather quiet on stage, the band blasts through their material with many songs blending right into another without so much as a pause.
Who is the opening act for the KOL tour?
The group has a rotating door of opening acts for this year. There are four in total, though no show features all four on the same evening.
The punk revival group White Lies is touring on the strength of their third album, and to date best, Big TV. The melodic pop group Young the Giant has taken a huge step forward in the textures and density of their sound with, 2014’s Mind Over Matter. This is the follow-up to their breakout self-titled debut featuring the summer jam, “My Body.”
The Scottish group Twin Atlantic has been around for quite a few years. Since their debut in 2009, they have released two follow-ups, including the critically acclaimed alternative effort, Great Divide. KONGOS is a South African tribal rock group, easily providing the most unique and exhilarating sound on the entire tour. The group released their sophomore effort, Lunatic, in 2012.
Who is Kings of Leon’s publicist and media contact?
The group works with Big Hassle Media and Publicity. You can reach out to the group’s lead media contact, Ken Weinstein by email or by phone at (212) 619-1360. The band is also signed to RCA Records and has a management team covering the music-oriented front. Contact Mike El-Baz at RCA by email or phone at (212) 833-5597.
How can I get presale tickets for Kings of Leon’s upcoming tour?
Kings of Leon have two presale opportunities that you can take advantage of through LiveNation and Facebook. The presale password for the LiveNation presale seems to be different for each city so send LiveNation a post on their Facebook page to get the access code. Follow Kings of Leon on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information regarding the band’s Facebook presale.
While not a presale opportunity, Citi Cardholders have access to preferred tickets that go onsale the same time as the general public onsale. You will need to checkout with your Citi card to take advantage of this reserved block of tickets.
“Kings of Leon is a no-frills band – and for a solid two hours they stuck to that credo with minimal chatter and maximum guitar crankage – but they also know that their sticky blues rock needs some sort of visual stimulation and presented fans with sleek, high-tech accoutrements that perfectly complemented their sound.” – Melissa Ruggieri of Access Atlanta
“The best Kings of Leon songs are like the new single Supersoaker ¬— riding a twanging Brit Rock-ish riff with a verse that builds and repeats time and time again like a preacher imploring people to move and feel. Toss in vintage stripper images and the crowd is hooked. That there is something of a formula to favourites like Notion or Use Somebody doesn’t take away from the way the Tennessee crew can build an arena rave-up.” – Stuart Derdeyn of the Vancouver Sun
“It was neither a raucous hoedown nor hootenanny, but rather a straightforward, no-frills arena rock show with big anthems and an occasional Southern flourish to differentiate them from the modern rock pack…The new additions that did work include Temple, a rollicking number about getting hit in the temple, and single Supersoaker, which was accompanied by clips of pinups on the screen behind them.” – Erik Leijon of the Montreal Gazette
Kings of Leon 2013
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started May 11, 2013 in Napa, California | Ended December 15, 2013 in Burbank, California
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown Tour 2011
Tour Opening Acts: the Walkmen, White Lies, Zac Brown Band
Started April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas | Ended September 4, 2011 in Chula Vista, California
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown Tour 2010
Tour Opening Acts: the Whigs, the Drums, Manchester Orchestra
Started June 5, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey | Ended November 16, 2010 in New York, New York
Kings of Leon 2009
Tour Opening Acts: Band of Horses
Started January 20, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky | Ended October 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee
Kings of Leon Only by the Night Tour 2008
Tour Opening Acts: Gary Clark Jr.
Started June 11 2008 in West Palm Beach, Florida | Ended November19 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee
Kings of Leon 2007
Tour Opening Acts: Eddie Vedder
Started March 26, 2007 in New York, New York | Ended October 30, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida
Vertigo Tour 2006
Tour Opening Act for U2
Started July 2 2006 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Ended October29 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Kings of Leon 2005
Tour Opening Acts: Eddie Vedder
Started February 18, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee | Ended October 1, 2005 in Portland, Maine