Kings Of Leon premiere new album at massive London Hyde Park gig
Kings Of Leon played four unreleased songs during their sell out Hyde Park gig in London last night (June 30).
The Nashville band headlined the 60,000 capacity event, with support coming from the likes of The Drums and The Black Keys. The working titles of the band's new songs aired included 'Southbound', 'Immortal' and 'Radioactive'.
Speaking of the tracks, front man Caleb Followill told the crowd: "Since we saw you guys last we went and made a record. That's what we put a lot of work into. Just yesterday some people at the record label got to hear a couple of songs from it. I don't know if they want us to play a bunch of new songs but I think '**** it' - were gonna do it!"
A cover of Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind' also went down well, though some of the crowd mistook the track for a new Kings Of Leon song. Later in the set, the frontman became visibly emotional at the sheer scale of the show, which saw the band play tracks stretching right across their back catalogue.
"It's been one of the greatest experiences of my life," Followill told the crowd. "Thank you all very much. One of these days, when we're all fat and bald...or balder, and we're sitting in Tennessee telling all our kids about all the great things that happened to us, this is gonna be one of those."
Kings Of Leon played:
'Taper Jean Girl'
'Where Is My Mind'
'Sex On Fire'
Earlier in the evening, The Black Keys had warmed up for Kings Of Leon, playing for almost an hour as the sun began to set over the park.
With a set relying heavily on new album 'Brothers', Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were joined by a full band for the majority of their set, with each stagebound member wearing a suit. Auerbach, who also wore sunglasses throughout was in particularly chatty mood, commenting on the audiences receptiveness throughout. Towards the end of the band's set he also paid tribute to Kings Of Leon, saying:
"Thank you so much for putting up with us here. I'd like to thank our good friends the Kings Of Leon for letting us play,"
Third act on the bill The Drums also drew a sizable crowd and went down well with the audience, despite front man Jonathan Pierce telling NME beforehand that he felt that the band "stuck out like a sore thumb" on the schedule.
Nevertheless, the New York band powered through tracks from their debut album 'The Drums', with Pierce pausing between each to state his appreciation for the positive reaction of the audience.
Kings Of Leon also had their touring friends The Whigs and The Features open for them earlier in the day. The good weather ensured that the area around the Hyde Park stage was well populated for each act despite their early stagetimes, and both went down well. The Whigs, who have recently supported We Are Scientists in the UK used the occasion to big-up their friends, telling the audience: "None of us would be here if it wasn't for the Kings Of Leon," to massive cheers.
The Hyde Park gig was beyond amazing. Going to London for that concert - and getting hit in the head by plastic bottles four times, being showered with beer and having my feet covered in blisters - was sooooo worth it. I can honestly say this was the best concert I've ever been to.
I uploaded some of my pics, though they didn't turn out all that well (I was pretty close to the stage, but I just suck at taking tolerable pictures when I'm excited )
(^I'm really happy you can actually spot Lily and someone that I'd like to think is Lily's sister Ruby in the background in this one, haha)
Yes, I was in the very front. I would have been very pissed off if I didn't manage to get this close. My friend didn't have the patience to just sit / stand there and wait 6 hours for KOL to play, so he watched the concert from way in the back while I was in the front all alone. But concerts are so much more fun when you're close to the stage with all the other hardcore fans
Last edited by Psylocke; 08-07-2010 at 02:45 AM.
KoL fans - no gig at all
getting crazy for seeing them.
Just one question....do they played songs differently from the album...like
imagine John Spencer & the blues explosion...he never stop once start to play and sing!
they tour like...
well Interpol....for example!!! a live cd? All song exactly as it was the CD playing?
Mens are changing
I just got my tickets a few days ago for their concer at six flags!!! I'll post my pics from the 8th row after the 30th when they come!!!
i heart Viggo Mortensen, James Franco, Mathias Lauridsen,Matthew Goode in that order
I'm kinda bummed that they sent me printable tickets insteAd of the hard tickets that I could save as a keepsake. I guess I'll just have to frame the printable version
i heart Viggo Mortensen, James Franco, Mathias Lauridsen,Matthew Goode in that order
For once the Nashville Scene is not absurdly nasty to the Kings (never thought I'd see the day).
The Features Opening for Kings of Leon at London's Hyde Park [Golden Nugget]
“This week the Features play to 50,000 people in London” is the kind of subhead Middle Tennessee music lovers love to see — especially if it’s emanating from thousands of miles away.
It accompanied a story published on Sunday, June 27 by the Independent, three days before The Features did indeed do that whole playing to 50,000 people thing, when they opened for their biggest fans — Kings of Leon — at London’s famed Hyde Park. Peep the video above to see for yourself. With the show reportedly the Kings’ biggest headlining milestone to date, in their home away from home, it was more than just another in a long list of instances in which the band supported The Features by tapping them as their support act — which they’ve done many a time since 2005.
To anyone in these parts, the Kings’ gestures of love towards the Features — like signing the band to their Serpents & Snakes imprint, thus giving them that elusive second shot at some kind of long overdue success and salvation —Â is old news. But now we’re about to see how it's gonna pan out for the hard-luck foursome.
This isn’t history repeating. Opening for a band on top of the world in 20,000-capacity sheds — which is how The Features will spend their next few weeks — is markedly different than opening for a band on the rise in 2,000-capacity theaters.
In the 48 hours following the Hyde Park gig, music writers from the likes of Billboard, The Guardian UK, Spinner and a host of British music blogs spilled ink on The Features. Last February — upon the U.K. release of their latest, Some Kind of Salvation — the band sold out a string of London shows on the heels of a press campaign revolving around their relationship with the Kings of Leon. Features drummer Rollum Haas told Scene of the shows:
We’d never had a sold out show there. … I’ve never really seen this kind of thing before, where we’ve had [the] full press push and everything. [Kings] are just in a position to do that over there now. I think it would be different if the label had been around for a really long time, but because we’re the first [band] on it, it’s giving us a lot of attention. But it’s great. We’ll kind of see where it goes from here.
For Middle Tennessee’s multitude of zealous Features fans, the international attention is an example of karmic justice. The rub is that every time the band’s name shows up in print, it’s no more than a sentence or two removed from a mention of their Kings in shining armor. At this point in time, that’s a blessing. Even if standing in a bigger band’s shadow finds them running the risk of blocking out too much of their own sun, any band that’s ever pounded the pavement for any gig and fought to win over every fan knows that toiling in obscurity is a curse far worse than finding themselves on the coattails of the world’s biggest rock band.
When asked if he thinks there will come a time when his band will have to break away from the close association with their champions, Haas says:
God, yes. … That’s been a pretty big concern for me, because you have to ride their coattails to a point and that’s exactly what we’re doing, but there’s definitely a point —Â I’m not sure when that is — I think we’ll know, I hope we’ll know when it happens (laughs), if it happens, [when] we’re gonna have to be pretty smart about it. … If it picks up, as soon as we can do our own tours I wanna start doing [them], even if it [means] playing to 150-capacity rooms. … I think it’s smarter to build up your own thing, rather than just try to be under someone’s wing the whole time [but] we need that push and we need that help and you have to get it from somewhere now. … We’re in a really good position.
It's a position any Nashville rocker would ditch his or her serving job in a heartbeat to find themselves in. While most local musicians probably aren't going to hold their breaths waiting for the Followills to pluck them from obscurity, they know that if the band's successes finds them directing the captivated eyes of the world to The Features, it's all the more likely people will take a look and wonder if there's more where that came from. There is.
While the short narrative in the press concerning The Features is going to be one of a band piggybacking on another's success for a little while to come, the longer story already emerging is of how they're Nashville's true flagship band. In a review of last week's Hyde Park show, a blogger from British news site Beehive City had this to say of The Features performance:
The band (also hailing from Tennessee) are apparently friends of the headline act, and their lead singer, Matt Pelham, has an almost identical look to [Caleb] Followill, complete with sandpaper voice. The Features have had a funny old career which started in 1994, five years before the Kings, begging the question, who’s following who in musical style … are they followers or is Followill?
The Kings of Leon don’t owe anything to Nashville. In an age of sudden-death artistic careers, the band has anomalously managed to achieve a slow and steady ascent to the top without Nashville’s help, and people here hate them for it. Nevertheless, it can’t be denied that their association with Music City — love/hate as it may be — has been dramatically instrumental in re-branding it a place outsiders associate with beards, leather jackets and barre chords, in addition to rhinestones and cowboy boots. A trickle-down effect on the local rock scene is inevitable.
Basically, whether they like it or not, the Kings of Leon are gonna be giving something back to Nashville, even if we don’t deserve it. Luckily, they have the sense — or maybe just the taste — to direct all the attention they can to the guys who do deserve it.
In the Independent piece referenced above — which is essentially the Coke to the Pepsi of a story NME ran in February, telling the tale of the Features/KOL bromance over rounds of drinks and shuffleboard at Losers — Kings singer Caleb Followill says of their signing The Features to Serpents & Snakes:
We have an opportunity to give people a chance … These guys have been around way longer than us, and they've made great songs, one after the other.
His press quotes are getting harder to make fun of.
Last edited by em1885; 09-07-2010 at 04:04 PM.
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