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Kings of Leon

Formed 1999.
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Kings of Leon highlights

Highlights of Kings of Leon's set at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow 2014

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Biography

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony nd Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals).

The band's early music was an upbeat blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band's albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the number one spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion" all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24, 2013.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Come Around Sundown

    Come Around Sundown 2010

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    This is the Kings graciously accepting their ceremonial mainstream robes.
  2. Review of Only By The Night

    Only By The Night 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The album that the world's been waiting for Kings Of Leon to make.
  3. Review of Because Of The Times

    Because Of The Times 2007

    Reviewed by Sophie Hammer
    Theirs is a tale of sordid affairs rather than cheap thrills; but ones you'll never...
  4. Review of Aha Shake Heartbreak

    Aha Shake Heartbreak 2004

    Reviewed by Stephanie Barrow
    Caleb's rasping chords sounds like he's just smoked 50 fags but he remains tuneful and...
  5. Review of Youth & Young Manhood

    Youth & Young Manhood 2003

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    It’s clear the band’s best work comes when they strip everything back.
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