The American rock band, Kings of Leon is back on the road with the first leg of their North American tour in support of their sixth studio album, ‘Mechanical Bull.’ The record was released in September of 2013 and has since then been creating waves not only in the US, but also in countries like Germany, Australia and Sweden. Consisting of the members Caleb Followill, Matthew Followill, Jared Followill and Nathan Followill, the music of this Southern band carries an indie rock influence. This is why they have been able to enjoy commercial success beyond boundaries. The Mechanical Bull Tour 2014 is expected to begin on the 5th of February, at the Philips Arena, in Atlanta.
Kings of Leon
Southern Rock, Alternative Rock
Sex on Fire, On Call, Notion, The Bucket, Use Somebody, Revelry, Red Morning Light
After the divorce of their parents, the potential musicians relocated to Nashville to pursue a career in music. They gained exposure in mainstream music and met songwriter Angelo Petraglia who helped them polish their songwriting skills. Subsequently Caleb and Nathan were joined by their youngest brother Jared and their cousin Matthew. Thus, Kings of Leon was officially formed in 1999.
In 2002, Kings of Leon signed a contract with RCA Records. They released their debut EP titled ‘Holy Roller Novocaine.’ The collection comprised tracks that later on featured as part of the band’s full length debut album, ‘Youth & Young Manhood.’ The EP received critical acclaim and a positive commercial response. The title track was played at the end of an episode of ‘The Shield,’ season three. Another number ‘Molly’s Chambers’ featured in the Volkswagen Jetta commercial.
Kings of Leon released their debut album ‘Young and Young Manhood’ in 2003. It sold 940,000 copies around the world and ranked 80 on the Rolling Stone’s list of Top 100 Albums of the Decade. With a hard edged unique sound, the band set itself apart from the mainstream bands of the time.
In their following album ‘Aha Shake,’ the band adopted a country rock approach. Some of the popular songs of the record include ‘The Bucket,’ King of the Rodeo’ and ‘Four Kicks.’ The band continued to explore its potential by coming up with another new album ‘Because of the Times.’ Its songs reflected a more adventurous side of the musicians’ sensibility. The record’s hit songs like ‘On Call’ and ‘Charmer’ led the collection to the top of the charts.
Kings of Leon earned the much deserved recognition when their fourth album ‘Only by the Night’ and it was honored with three prestigious Grammys. The record’s songs ‘Use Somebody’, ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Notion’ became phenomenal hits across the country, placing the album at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The band won Grammys in three categories namely ‘Best Rock Album’, ‘Best Rock Song’ and ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals’.
Kings of Leon’s fifth album ‘Come around Sunshine’ debuted at the top of the charts in countries including Australia, Germany and Canada. It was also nominated in the category of ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Grammys.
In every record Kings of Leon have gone a step further to produce unique compositions for their fans. The pattern continues with their most recent album ‘Mechanical Bull,’ that released in 2013. All the songs have been written by the band members themselves. Among the most hit tracks of the collection are ‘Wait for Me,’ ‘Temple’ and ‘Supersoaker.’ As the band prepares to promote the album through the 2014 The Mechanical Bull Tour, sales of Kings of Leon tickets are expected to soar.