Kings Of Leon
RCA Records is proud to announce that Kings of Leon have confirmed the first leg of a nationwide U.S. tour. The tour is in support of the new record, Because Of The Times, to be released on April 3. 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. The complete list of dates for the first leg of the tour is below.

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 the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

To make "Because Of The Times," the band turned once again to producers Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia. It is the Tennessee-based band's first record since 2004's widely acclaimed Aha Shake Heartbreak, which firmly established the FollowillsNathan, 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."

The tour dates are below:
04.28 Indio, CA Coachella Festival
05.02 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
05.03 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
05.05 Denver, CO Ogden
05.06 Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah's
05.07 Tulsa, OK Cains
05.09 Austin, TX Stubbs
05.11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
05.12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
05.13 Dallas, TX House of Blues
05.15 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
05.17 Milwaukee, WI Rave
05.18 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
05.19 Chicago, IL Riviera
05.21 Louisville, KY Headliners
05.22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
05.24 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
05.25 St. Louis, MO Pageant
06.01 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
06.02 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
06.05 New York, NY Roseland
06.06 Boston, MA Avalon
06.07 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
06.12 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
06.15 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

[Published on: 3/12/07]

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All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 3/12/2007 11:06AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

new album is nuts!!! a little less punkish and somewhat more heavier and darker with a tad of stoner rock thrown in but still good.

TravlynnJoe Mon 3/12/2007 12:47PM
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Where's the love for a show in Virginia ?

lvcheese Mon 3/12/2007 01:32PM
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Kayceman Mon 3/12/2007 01:34PM
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lvcheese - we know you love STS9, we dig them too, but we are spreading news about all bands... maybe some you don't know, and just because you don't care about Kings of Leon and Amy Winehouse (have you even listened to her?) others do... don't worry, STS9 will get plenty of press.

pabloescobar star Mon 3/12/2007 01:42PM
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Jekisa starstarstarstar Mon 3/12/2007 02:09PM
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Kayceman Mon 3/12/2007 02:24PM
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Ya damn right pablo, i'm a Renaissance man. There ain't no way i'll ever back myself into a corner where i'm into only one type of music. Thanks for the nice words. -kayce

mcarroll Mon 3/12/2007 02:45PM
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pabloescobar, go ahead and be the "master" of listening to one band...sounds fun.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 3/12/2007 03:37PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

hey lvcheese, i hate to break it to ya but STS9 is a little bit spent these days. the shows i've been to recently cant hold a candle to their pre 2002 era. besides, STS9 gets as much press as john popper gets ammo. i'm sure sure STS9's two nights at red rocks will be known to everyone in the the vicinity of The Centennial State who is making hemp rope apperal will know about it.

trout18 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/12/2007 06:50PM
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easily one of the best bands in the world! can't wait for the new album!

Juan Mon 3/12/2007 08:19PM
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Let me start by saying I really dig Kings of Leon. But... the new album is very disappointing. Lyrically, "Because of the Times" is very weak and leaves much to be desired. The album seems over produced as well... and it was the band's rawness and edgy lyrics that made the first two albums prety damn stellar. On the other hand... there's only so far you can push the sex, drugs, rock n' roll thing too. Although these topics are still present, the presentation is lacking. But the step forward in maturity the band seems to be taking musically here doesn't jive with what I personally have come to love about the band. Not turned off from them for good... but after 3 thorough listens to the new disc... I will doubtless choose to press "play" on on either of their first two discs over this one.

trustme Mon 3/12/2007 11:40PM
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The "kings" have a hook that grabs you, quick and fast. Your ears perk up, you say hmmn, sound different, sounds coool, then you figure out they are a mile wide and inch deep. If they don;t get some depth they'll just be "that one band" you know "the guy with cool voice" or worst of all..."they were big in Europe". I've seen em live which is way better than the on disc. They're done.

Atlien Wed 3/14/2007 02:28PM
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The new album is sick, get it! Their sound is a little more "updated", but that's what happens when you tour with U2 for a year. Listen, if you're not evolving, you end up like the Rolling Stones...putting out the same damn album for 40 years.

redhed starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/18/2007 07:15AM
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Can't wait to see the Kings in the Ville and at Bonnaroo. They're gonna melt some faces.

G$Love starstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 05:40AM
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This band writes some of the most interesting hooks out there. This new album is easily their most accomplished, truly finding their own voice and sound. No longer the "Southern Strokes".

Jekisa - it's amazing how much great music there is out there, not enough time in the day to listen to it all unfortunately. (Unless you're Kayceman and it's your job!)

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 04:45PM
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I've got to say - I was never really into KOL - but this new album is great. "Knocked Up" reminds me of some Bruce Springsteen circa Born in the USA days. And McFeerless is one hell of a power song.

SweetNectar starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 08:02PM
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KOL rule and are the best new taste in music I think. Their new album "Because of the times" is a lot more bold and yes i agree with the comment that it is heavier more dark. When I got a preview of the songs at a past show I got a boner it was so sweet.