March 12, 2007

KINGS OF LEON: Tour Dates: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Letterman, and Leno


Kings of Leon have confirmed the first leg of a nationwide US tour. The tour is in support of the new record, Because Of The Times, to be released on April 3rd. Bookended by appearances at the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals, the tour will start at Coachella and heads to Seattle on May 2. After the June 14 date in Columbus, OH, the tour finishes at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. More touring is to follow during the summer and into the fall and winter of 2007.

On March 26, one week before release date, Kings of Leon return to the Late Show with David Letterman to perform the single "On Call." One month later, on April 27, just before the Coachella performance, the band will return to theTonight Show with Jay Leno.

To make Because Of The Times, the band turned once again to producers Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia. It's the Tennessee-based band's first record since 2004's widely acclaimed Aha Shake Heartbreak, which firmly established the Followills - Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew - as international stars.

Coming off an immense amount of touring over the last two years both as headliners, world-wide festival staples and openers for the likes of U2, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam, the ambitious and eclectic "Because Of The Times" (the title refers to an annual preachers' conference the boys attended growing up) is Kings of Leon's most diverse collection yet and represents a major evolution for the band. Brimming with ideas, it represents a huge leap forward both in songwriting and musical prowess. "We took the limitations off of ourselves," says frontman/rhythm guitarist Caleb. "We went into the studio with an open mind, thinking let's do whatever it takes to get these songs to the next level. Because we really have a lot of music inside of us and a lot of different places we can go."

Adds drummer/singer Nathan: "We weren't scared to try anything. I think that's the difference between this album and the last. We weren't timid at all. Every song showed us something we had inside of ourselves that we didn't know existed, which enabled us to be even bolder on the next song."

Early media response to "Because Of The Times" has been glowing. The "Observer Monthly" in England awarded the record five stars, while in America,"Esquire" hailed "Because Of The Times" is "a classic rock album in the truest sense, and "Filter" said, the record "is the Kings' fiery repentance for unplanned pregnancies, black Camaros and the sins of the road, and it is their finest confession to date." "American Songwriter" said the record is "heavy on the emotion and insistent hooks that remain KOL trademarks," and "Relix" noted "the Kings of Leon may be fit for a crown."

28 Indio, CA Coachella Festival

2 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
3 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
5 Denver, CO Ogden
6 Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah's
7 Tulsa, OK Cains
9 Austin, TX Stubbs
11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
13 Dallas, TX House of Blues
15 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
17 Milwaukee, WI Rave
18 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
19 Chicago, IL Riviera
21 Louisville, KY Headliners
22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
24 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
25 St. Louis, MO Pageant

1 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
2 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
5 New York, NY Roseland
6 Boston, MA Avalon
7 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
12 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
15 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

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