After a nearly two-year hiatus, the Kings of Leon have announced dates for their 2014 Mechanical Bull North American Tour, in support of their latest album.
The Followill clan will be packing up their boots and guitars to trek across the US for 16 stops, with more dates to be announced. Beginning February 5, the Tennessee natives will be performing just about every other night until March 8, for what is expected to be their first leg. The tour comes in tandem with KoL’s newest release, Mechanical Bull, earlier this year on September 24. Bull debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200, and marks the Followill brothers’ sixth studio album. The record, which released to positive reviews, sounds like “how we started playing as a band” prior to the very public meltdown, according to drummer Nathan Followill. Aiming to get back to their music roots with familial support, Kings of Leon produced a record that features the band’s signature blues/country and classic/alt rock combination for their unique garage-band sound.
The last time Kings of Leon were on tour, they were perhaps one of the biggest acts in music, and one of the freshest rock groups to hit the waves with Southern drawl. Following the release of 2008’s Only By the Night, with mega-hits “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire”, both angst-fueled and vulnerable anthems, the boys were flying high with a string of arena shows. Things came crashing down after the poorer release of Come Around Sundown (2010), something lead singer Caleb Followill confesses was a work that had much less heart. Kings of Leon were on tour promoting Sundown, when Caleb had an on-stage breakdown at a catastrophic Dallas date, revealing “I’m gonna go backstage…vomit…drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.” The frontman abandoned his brothers and fans alike, never returning to the stage, and leaving on a plane without a word to his bandmates. Following some hateful remarks among the group, they subsequently cancelled the rest of their 26 tour dates. Kings of Leon took an almost two-year break that was “needed so bad.” Since then, the boys have made up and fashioned an album they feel passionately about.
Thank you to all of our fans for showing us so much love on the new record. We made it for y’all and that’s all that matters. #bestfansever
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) September 27, 2013
Averted to getting caught up making radio-friendly hits, Mechanical Bull is one of their more authentic works. KoL thought it best if they went back into the studio, located in their hometown of Nashville, to record Bull, hoping the familial setting would pull the family and the music back together. Recording in an old, abandoned paint warehouse-turned studio, the Followills are confident in their latest, and what lead singer Caleb says is the “comeback story of a lifetime,” as alluded by a track off the album entitled “Comeback Story”. KoL fans are as excited as ever to hear the tunes live, as before the breakdown, the band had a widely acclaimed live set. Their Southern rock tunes and vintage vibes create an atmosphere solely about enjoying live music it should be.
The Southern-fried boys will play opening night in Atlanta, Georgia (Philips Arena), they follow up with a couple more Southern dates, before traveling up the East coast and into Canada. Kings of Leon travel as far as Kansas City, MO, before ending their stretch in Chicago, IL. Opening up for Kings of Leon is singer/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. who performs with a similarly authentic blues twang. Last week, the group co-headlined the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV with the Killers, Imagine Dragons, Beck, and Vampire Weekend. And last night, the boys visited Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing “Supersoaker” and “Temple” off Mechanical Bull. For a preview of what you’ll catch on tour watch the video below!
|Kings of Leon Tour Dates|
|Feb. 5||Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)|
|Feb. 7||Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)|
|Feb. 9||Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center)|
|Feb. 11||Auburn, MI (The Palace At Auburn Hills)|
|Feb. 14||New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)|
|Feb. 15||Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)|
|Feb. 18||Columbus, OH (Schottenstein Center)|
|Feb.19||Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)|
|Feb.21||Washington, DC (Verizon Center)|
|Feb. 23||London, Ontario (Budweiser Gardens)|
|Feb. 24||Montreal, Quebec (Bell Centre)|
|Feb. 26||Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)|
|Feb. 28||Boston, MA (TD Garden)|
|Mar. 5||Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)|
|Mar. 6||Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)|
|Mar. 8||Chicago, IL (United Center)|