Kings Of Leon Tickets
Kings of Leon is a rock band that hails from Nashville, Tennessee. The band was formed in 1999 and is made up of the two brothers, Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill, as well as their cousin, Matthew Followill. Their music is a unique blend of rock and blues and features certain southern elements. If you are a fan of Kings of Leon and you would like to know more about the band, their history, discography, and how to get your hands on the best Kings of Leon tickets, continue reading.
About Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon is a four-man American rock band that formed in Nashville. The band is composed of Caleb Followill (lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Nathan Followill (back-up vocalist, percussionist, and drummer), Jared Followill (back-up vocalist and bassist), and Matthew Followill (back-up vocalist and lead guitarist).
The band started out with a distinct sound which incorporated elements of southern rock and the blues. Over the years, Kings of Leon has changed their sound and added a number of new elements to it. Some of the genres that they have incorporated into their music include arena rock, indie, and alternative.
Kings of Leon achieved break-out success oversees first and developed a strong fan following in the UK. It took them a while longer to establish a fan base in the U.S.
The Formation of Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon is a band which features family members. The Followill brothers grew up in Oklahoma and Tennessee and were raised by their father, Ivan Leon Followill, who was a United Pentecostal Church preacher, and their mother, Betty-Ann.
Growing up, the boys would attend church services where their father would be preaching and they would often perform. Due to the fact that their father was preaching in numerous places across the southern United States, the boys were constantly on the move. This lead to the boys being home-schooled by their mother. After their parents divorced, Nathan and Caleb decided to pursue country music. They moved to Nashville where they met Angelo Petraglia, a songwriter, who helped them to develop their own songwriting skills. In 1999, their youngest brother, Jared, and their cousin, Matthew, also moved to Nashville. The four boys decided to form Kings of Leon and named the band after their grandfather, Leon.
After the band was formed, they started creating music which they could send out to record labels. By 2002, they were receiving a great deal of interest from a number of record labels. The band eventually decided to sign with RCA Records. They recorded a number of songs for the record label including "Holy Roller Novocaine," "Molly's Chambers," "Wicker Chair" and "California Waiting."
Their first recorded EP was called Holy Roller Novocaine and was released on February 18, 2003. Rolling Stone gave the EP 4/5 stars and it received a number of other favorable reviews. The release of this EP helped the band gain a good deal of exposure in their early years.
Kings of Leon’s first album was called Youth and Young Manhood and was released first in the UK in July of 2003. It would be released in the United States a full month later, in August. The minute the album was released in the UK, it became an instant hit and took both the UK and Ireland by storm. The Guardian described the boys as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels The Rolling Stones longed to be". Furthermore, NME said that their debut release was "one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years".
Their unique blend of Southern boogie as well as hardcore garage rock opened the doors for the band to be compared to the likes of The Strokes and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In the U.S. however, the album didn’t do as well. It sold 100,000 copies, whereas overseas it sold upwards of 750,000 copies.
Their second album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, was released in the UK in October 2004 and in the U.S. in February 2005. This was a more successful album and resulted in the band touring with the likes of Pearl Jam, U2, and Bob Dylan.
To date, Kings of Leon have released seven full length studio albums.
By 2007, the band released their third album, Because of the Times. This album featured the hit single ‘On Call’. While it received generally favorable reviews, critics felt that it was a weaker effort than their previous two albums.
Their fourth album, Only by the Night, was released in 2008. This album featured massive hit singles like ‘Sex on Fire,’ ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Notion.’ This was the album which resulted in the band achieving commercial success in the U.S.
In 2010, the band released their fifth album, Come Around Sundown. This was followed by their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, in 2013, and their seventh album, WALLS, in 2016.
Over the course of their career, they have been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and won four of them. They have also won two BRIT Awards.