The Host Facility
The upcoming music event is expected to be held at the Philips Arena which is one of Atlanta’s most popular indoor arenas. Inaugurated in 1999, the facility is known to host basketball games, ice hockey competitions and concerts. With a capacity that can cater to approximately twenty thousand audiences, the Philips Arena serves as home grounds to teams namely Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and Atlanta Dream from the WNBA. This time the multi-purpose venue is inviting rock lovers to witness, Kings of Leon’s current tour.
Introducing Kings of Leon
Formed in 1999, Kings of Leon is an alternative/garage rock ensemble. It consists of brothers namely Anthony Caleb Followill on lead vocals, Michael Jared Followil on bass guitar, background vocals and Ivan Nathan Followil playing drums and percussion. The fourth member is their cousin, Cameron Matthew Followil playing the lead guitar. Born into a family of devoted preachers, the children were mostly on the road because of their father. The three brothers shifted to Nashville after their parents’ divorce in 1997.
Embracing their true passion i.e. rock music, the brothers started composing and performing, with hopes of making it into the music industry. During this time, Jared, Nathan and Caleb met with songwriter Angelo Petragalia, who helped the three newcomers with their songwriting. Taking influences from The Rolling Stones, the Clash, the Velvet Underground, Thin Lizzy and Pixies, the Kings of Leon was officially formed when Nathan, Caleb and Jared’s cousin, Matthew moved to Nashville.
Beginnings & Commercial Success
After performing and composing for three years, Kings of Leon started getting offers from music labels. Signing up with RCA Records, the band released its first record titled “Holly Roller Novocaine EP” in 2003. Being awarded a 4 out of 5 star rating by the Rolling Stone Magazine, the band’s first EP provided it with massive recognition. In the same year, the Kings of Leon released their debut studio album titled “Youth and Young Manhood”, produced by Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia. Selling over 750,000 copies internationally, the album gained a lot of popularity in the UK and Ireland. In 2004, the rock group came forward with its sophomore album titled “Aha Shake Heartbreak”. Songs such as “King of the Rodeo”, Four Kicks”, “Taper Jean Girl” and “The Bucket” made their way into Britain Top 20 charts. The albums that followed these releases brought in massive commercial success for Kings of Leon with “Only by the Night” debuting at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and maintaining its position for three weeks. It went onto being named the UK’s third best selling album of 2008.
The Opening Act
Prepare as Kings of Leon get ready to perform live on stage with Gary Clark Jr., the Grammy nominated blues rock artist, as their opening act. Fans will not only listen to one of alternative rock’s biggest bands, they will also witness one of soft rock’s most iconic singers perform his most popular songs namely “Bright Lights”, “Ain’t Messing Around”, “Don’t Owe You a Thang”, “Things Are Changin’” and “When My Train Pulls In”. Having played at countless festivals such as Hangout, JazzFest, Coachella, Bannaroo, Lollapalooza, Hard Rock Calling, Mountain Jam, ACL Music Festival, Osheaga and Wakarusa, Gary Clark Jr., has bagged eight Austin Music Awards. He was also nominated for two Grammys in 2013 from the category of “Best Traditional R&B Performance” and “Best Rock Song”.
Currently signed onto Warner Bros. Records, Gary Clark Jr. has three studio albums to date. His most recent album titled “Blak and Blu” landed on the sixth spot of the Billboard 200, Dutch Albums Chart and New Zealand Music Chart. Watch him perform songs from this album, as the singer joins Kings of Leon on their Mechanical Bull Tour.