The early art of Kings of Leon used to be a vivid mixture of Southern rock and Garage rock. From their debut in 2003, they have gone through the independent art and international fame especially in Ireland, UK and Australia. The band was also well known in Canada and US after their 2008 album Only by the Night. The 2010 was the year of their first experimental album.
Kings of Leon was formed in 1999 by three brothers: Kaleb, Jared and Nathan Followill. The forth member was their cousin Matthew Followill. The name is due to their father and grandfather whose names were Leon. In their early years, the brothers traveled a lot with their father, a traveling preacher. After he left the church in 1998, the family finally settled down in one place and decided to create a musical group. From all styles rock was chosen. It didn’t take them long to cope with the musical instruments and soon their first mini-album was released. Four of its five compositions appeared later in the full length album released in the same year. The lyrics were full of Holy Bible texts which immediately put Kings of Leon in the center of attention and drew attention of the critics which led their image, music and texts. The band was described as a «conductor to the past» as all of the elements seemed to be stylishly obsolete. The album was sold in UK and US at the same time, and the British took it warmer than the Americans.
This band is an example of that relation does not anyhow affect the quality of the music played. Besides, it brings more discipline to the group. As the brothers say, «if your brother does something wrong, you can just come up and slap him on the face – he would understand and not be offended». Maybe this also is a secret of their long and successful career.
Kings of Leon seized the right moment and came out at that very time when it playing pure rock became fashionable and popular again. Besides, the story of brother musicians that grew up in strict religious upbringing also made them interesting.
The second album saw the light in 2004. The style and the mood were the same as the previous one. The new songs brought even more fans to Kings of Leon. In March, 2006, the brothers came back to the studio to work on their third CD. The album was completed in 2007 and showed slight changes in the band’s music. Dirty garage rock changed for more mature and smooth sound. In February, 2008, the forth album was started. The release happened the same year.
The group is on tour now. The Kings of Leon tour dates 2017 are from now on till the 4 of November. Kings of Leon concerts 2017 will take place in Mexico, US, Canada. There is no Kings of Leon show in Chicago, but there will be concerts in Syracuse, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas. Kings of Leon concert tickets are available online now.
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