Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville , Tennessee , in The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually evolved throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative , arena rock sound. Their third album, Because of the Times , also reached the number one spot.
After the release of Only by the Night in September , the band achieved chart success in the United States. The album was their first Platinum -selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of in Australia , being certified platinum nine times. The band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown , was released on October 18, Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull , was released on September 24, The seventh studio album, Walls , was released on October 14, According to Rolling Stone magazine, "While Ivan preached at churches and tent revivals throughout Oklahoma and the Deep South, his boys attended services and were occasionally enlisted to bang on some drums".
They were either home-schooled by their mother, or enrolled in small parochial schools at this time. Except for a five-year period when they settled in Jackson , Tennessee, the Followills' childhoods were spent driving through the southern United States in a purple Oldsmobile , camping for a week or two wherever Ivan was scheduled to preach. When the boys' father resigned from preaching and their parents divorced in , Nathan and Caleb relocated to outside Nashville and originally embraced country music.
While there, they met songwriter Angelo Petraglia , who helped the siblings hone their songwriting skills and introduced them to the musical influences of Thin Lizzy ,  the Rolling Stones and the Clash in particular. Jared, who had briefly attended public school, was more influenced by the music of the Pixies and the Velvet Underground.
When he and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in , Kings of Leon was formed. They named the band after their grandfather Leon, who died in January By , Nathan and Caleb had received interest from a number of music labels and eventually signed with RCA Records , which initially insisted on putting a band together for the two of them. We're going to buy our little brother a bass, he's a freshman in high school. Caleb will teach himself the guitar, Matthew played guitar when he was 10 and I'll play the drums.
They said, 'All right, we'll come down in one month and see you guys. They told his mother that he was only going to be staying for a week but never allowed him to return home. My mom would bring us food down," added Nathan. At this stage, Jared was only 16 years old and had not yet learned to play the bass. All of the songs released on the EP were co-written by Angelo Petraglia, who also produced the record, and four of the five songs would later be released on Youth and Young Manhood.
The versions of " Wasted Time " and " California Waiting " on the EP differ from their album versions, however, with the first having a more tense riff and different vocal style than the same track off Youth and Young Manhood , the second being recorded in a rush to finish the EP. The EP also contains the song "Wicker Chair," while a track called "Andrea" was discarded before its release. It was produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns. The album became a sensation in the UK and Ireland, where NME declared it "one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years" and The Guardian described the band as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels the Rolling Stones longed to be".
The album still failed to make any significant impact in the US, where reviews were generally lukewarm and the modern rock audience was generally uninterested. In the United States, Youth and Young Manhood sold only , copies, compared with the , copies it moved abroad. Building on the Southern-infused garage rock of their first album, the album broadened the band's domestic and international audience. The album was again produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns. The band's third album was titled Because of the Times and was released on April 2, in the UK, and a day later in the United States.
The album debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland and entered the European charts at number 25, selling approximately 70, copies in its first week of release. Although it was lauded by some critics,   others found the album inferior to their previous efforts. In , Kings of Leon released its fourth studio album, Only by the Night , produced by Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia on September 19, which subsequently entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and remained there for one more week.
In the United States, the album reached number four on the Billboard The third and fourth singles were "Revelry", which peaked at number 19 in New Zealand, and "Notion", which peaked at number 24 in Belgium. It was released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, The footage was filmed in London's O2 Arena on June 30, , when the band performed a song set in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18, people. In an interview with Billboard. We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest.
Following the release of Come Around Sundown in Australia, the band released all the tracks from the new album on their website. In June , the band embarked on a tour visiting more than 50 cities in North America and Europe. The tour dates ran from June 5 to September He left the stage, claiming he was going to vomit, drink a beer and return to play three more songs. He never returned, causing the rest of the band to apologize to the crowd and end the concert abruptly.
On October 31, , the band announced that after the conclusion of their Australian tour in November that they would be going on hiatus. Nathan stated that the band's hiatus should not take any longer than six months. Working on album six very soon". Following their New Year's Eve show in Nashville, Nathan Followill said that the band was aiming to release its seventh album in "We've already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for is getting the record finished.
And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record. Obviously there's a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stressful at times, but we're all in a good place and we're having fun with it and we're all excited to do something new.
Our first two albums we recorded in L. The album went on to reached No. Their seventh album, Walls was the first album that Kings of Leon have earned their No. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Only By The Night , the band released a never-before-seen video containing behind the scenes footage of the recording of the album, serving as a video for "Frontier City", which was originally a B-side to the album.
Later that year, marking the 15th anniversary of Aha Shake Heartbreak , the song "Where Nobody Knows", another B-Side, was made available digitally for the first time.
On March 31, , the band released its first new song in more than three years, "Going Nowhere," through YouTube and various social media platforms. In early April , an minute film directed by Stephen C. The European premiere was hosted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 25  and was followed by an interview session with the band. The episode mocks the Fox musical-comedy Glee , which itself is set in a high school.
The members of Kings of Leon dislike Glee and refused to let them use their music, and as fans of Sunny , asked to make a guest appearance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see King Leo disambiguation. Alternative rock Southern rock garage rock. Members Caleb Followill — lead vocals, rhythm guitar —present Jared Followill — bass, keyboards, backing vocals —present Matthew Followill — lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals —present Nathan Followill — drums, percussion, backing vocals —present Touring members Liam O'Neil — keyboards, percussion, backing vocals —present Timothy Deaux — rhythm guitar, percussion, backing vocals —present Former touring members Christopher Coleman — rhythm guitar, keyboards, trumpet, percussion, backing vocals — Ethan Luck — rhythm guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals — Main article: Kings of Leon discography.
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