Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that originated in Albion, Oklahoma but formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill, Ivan Nathan Followill and Michael Jared Followill, with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals). The group is named for their grandfather Leon from Talihina, Oklahoma.
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Taylor Swift's Squad Clearly Got A Matching Outfit Memo
Huffington Post - 4 months
Taylor Swift’s squad must have a functioning phone tree, because almost everyone got the matching outfit memo Wednesday night.  But unlike Regina George’s crew, Swift’s gaggle of girlfriends is far too chic for pink. The ladies stepped out in all-black ensembles for a private Kings of Leon show in New York City.  Swift was joined by pals Cara Delevingne, Lorde, Suki Waterhouse and Lily Donaldson as they made their way to the show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Swift met up inside the venue with longtime friend and Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge, who is married to Kings Of Leon singer Caleb Followill.  The only squad member to miss the all-black outfit memo was Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt. Hunt arrived at the concert in a denim jumpsuit and black coat. Whoever was supposed to call Martha in the phone tree really dropped the ball. Poor Martha. Check out photos of Swift’s chic-to-death squad below.  -- This feed and its contents are ...
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Album review: Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull - rock blues
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
Kings of Leon is a band that has very little to prove. Their first three albums, featuring a blend of Southern rock blues, had a dedicated cult following. Despite hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, the Mecca of Americana, they remained unnoticed by most Americans. The band was playing to thousands in the UK but still failed to evoke the same appreciation back home. Then something changed in 2008. They cut back on the moonshine and wrote about something other than having a good time at the rodeo. Only By The Night went platinum. The band got nominated for multiple Grammys, and even won one for best rock performance. Then they sold out at Madison Square Garden. America had been resolutely broken. With Mechanical Bull, the sixth album by the three brothers and their cousin, one can sense that this is a band that has come to terms with its identity — a band that writes infectious, layered classic rock songs, drenched in the essence of the American ...
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Taylor Swift, Lily Aldridge Best Friends: "We Had So Much Fun Together" at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Model Says
US Magazine - over 3 years
Taylor Swift has found her place -- among the Angels! The country-pop star shared the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show runway with the so-called Angels in NYC on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and it turns out that she and at least one of the women go way back. PHOTOS: Lily rocks the runway! The 2013 VS Fashion Show Following the 23-year-old's electrifying performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble," supermodel Lily Aldridge told Us Weekly: "We had a little moment at the end of her song 'Trouble,' where we walked in front of the stage together." The mom to 17-month-old Dixie Pearl with rocker husband Caleb Followill (of Kings of Leon fame) described it as "a little love fest." PHOTOS: Taylor Swift's best surprised faces Like Swift, the brunette lives in Nashville, Tenn. She revealed, "[Taylor] is one of my best friends, so we had so much fun together." The "Red" singer shared a fun Polaroid snapshot of herself backstage pre-show, enveloped by Aldridge, Erin Heatherton and Cara Delevingne. ...
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Soundtrack of My Life: Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill on the songs that shaped him
Entertainment Weekly - over 3 years
On the heels of Kings of Leon’s excellent new album, Mechanical Bull, we asked frontman Caleb Followill, 31, about the
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Lily Aldridge & Caleb Followill: Global Citizen Festival Couple!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Lily Aldridge keeps it flashy while attending the 2013 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty in Central Park on Saturday (September 28) in New York City. The 27-year-old supermodel was there to support husband Caleb Followill, who performed with his band Kings of Leon. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lily Aldridge The day before, Lily was seen waving to the cameras while exiting a gym in the Tribeca district. Earlier in the week, Lily was black and white chic while attending the Derek Blasberg x Paperless Post Launch Party. 10+ pictures inside of Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill attending the Global Citizen Festival…
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Kings Of Leon 'Mechanical Bull' Review: Followill Clan Returns With Top-Notch Album
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Three years after the Kings of Leon's last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with "Mechanical Bull." The album takes the band's unique sound – the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followill's growl – and adds a hint of melancholy and a stillness that gives the songs an aura of contentment. Nervy desire and wildness is still present in their music, most prominently in "Tonight," with its sexy vibes of earlier hits that hinted at mad tumbling into lust, and in the obsessive strummings of "Wait for Me." The playful notes of the first single, "Supersoaker," set the tone, adding a sense of giddiness to the proceedings. "Don't Matter" goes full-on rock in the beginning but is gradually imbued with a hint of Billy Joel. "Temple" starts out noisily and morphs into the confident stage presence of a rock star. "Beautiful War" rounds up the sound with a heartfelt ballad that showcases Caleb's voice. And "Family Tree" sounds like an old man trying to give advice ...
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"Supersoaker"
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
The Kings take the hickory-smoked grandeur of their recent albums back to their roots in a slyly skeevy backwoods garage racket On "Supersoaker" singer-guitarist Caleb Followill sings what could be a nod to his powers of manly endurance or an advertisement for his band's arena-spraying waves of tidal guitar shimmer...
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Nathan Followill, Kings of Leon Rocker, Introduces Baby Daughter Violet on Twitter: Picture
US Magazine - about 4 years
Meet the youngest Princess of Leon! Just over a month after becoming a first-time dad to a beautiful baby girl with wife Jessie Baylin, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill introduced his little bundle of joy via Twitter. PHOTOS: More famous tots On Friday, Feb. 8, the proud papa unveiled the first Twitter pic of daughter Violet Marlowe Followill, born Dec. 26 in Nashville. "Hello world, my name is Violet, nice to meet you," he captioned the adorable snapshot, which shows the tiny infant wrapped in a soft camel-colored blanket. PHOTOS: Hollywood's trendiest kids Married since November 2009, Followill, 33, and Baylin, 28, announced that they were expecting their first child together in June 2012. "They are two of the most excited people I know," the band's rep told Us Weekly at the time. PHOTOS: Sexy celeb dads Violet is the newest addition to the Kings of Leon family, which already includes two other little ones. Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill (Nathan' ...
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Lily Aldridge Steps Out Without Makeup, Holds Daughter Dixie Pearl: Picture
US Magazine - about 4 years
Quality mother-daughter time in the city! Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge shed her makeup and picked up her tiny tot Dixie Pearl for a trip to a museum in New York City on Thursday, Feb. 7. The hot mama stayed warm in a white cable-knit turtleneck, jeans and booties, while 7-month-old Dixie Pearl snuggled up with mom in fashionable pinstriped pants. PHOTOS: Love lives of supermodels Aldridge, 27, and her husband, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, welcomed their bundle of joy in Nashville on June 21 of last year, and have been savoring the joys of parenthood ever since, with Aldridge often sharing some intimate moments on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.  "Sweet feet," she posted a snap of her little daughter's feet on Twitter on July 16, adding that "we are so in love with our darlin' Dixie Pearl." PHOTOS: Sexy supermodel moms "They are so happy," a source told Us Weekly of the new parents at the time. "The baby is adorable and healthy. . . Caleb seems ...
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Candice Swanepoel Tweets Topless Picture for Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day Event
US Magazine - about 4 years
It's less than one week until Valentine's Day, which means the Angels over at Victoria's Secret are hard at work. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Candice Swanepoel did her part to promote the lingerie company by tweeting a topless photo of herself. PHOTOS: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 "Good morning NYC. Thanks to to everyone who came yesterday. Victoria's Secret. Valentine's Day," the South African model, 24, captioned the shot. In the sexy black-and-white photo, Swanepoel shows off her super-slim figure wearing only lacy underwear with her arms covering her breasts. PHOTOS: Stars' first modeling gigs On Wednesday, Swanepoel made an appearance at New York City's Victoria's Secret location in Herald Square with fellow Angel Lily Aldridge. At the Valentine's Day-themed event, the models revealed to PopSugar their Feb. 14 plans. "I will be in Brazil enjoying the sun and the beach," Swanepoel said. "I feel sexiest on the beach." PHOTOS: Supermodel moms Aldridge, 27, welcom ...
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Lily Aldridge Pigs Out After Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
US Magazine - over 4 years
If anyone deserved a burger -- or six! -- it's supermodel Lily Aldridge. At the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City Nov. 7, the 5-foot-9 stunner showed off her toned tummy and lean legs less than five months after giving birth to Dixie, her first child with Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. PHOTOS: The 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Before Aldridge strutted her stuff, however, she spoke to Us Weekly about what it took to get her body back in shape before the televised event. "I ate so much salmon for the last two months -- you wouldn't believe it!" she recalled. "Literally, I cannot see salmon for like eight months, I ate so much of it." PHOTOS: Love lives of supermodels "I tried to eat really clean foods before the show, and I just had a baby, so I was eating overtime to keep with breast feeding," Aldridge explained. Nearly every day after giving birth, Aldridge said, she "ate really clean foods: all organic fruits and vegetables. I can't wait ...
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Miranda Kerr & Erin Heatherton: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party!
Just Jared - over 4 years
Miranda Kerr and Erin Heatherton are gorgeous gals at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after party held at Lavo New York City on Wednesday (November 7) in New York City. The two Angels were joined by fellow models Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, Lily Aldridge, Doutzen Kroes, and Jessica Hart. Also making an appearance at the after party was 30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden and (not pictured) Jessica Szohr, Jonah Hill, and Lily‘s husband Caleb Followill and sister Ruby. The venue was packed wall to wall, with the Angels getting their own exclusive private tables in the downstairs area. “Wow!!! What a night!!!! Best show on earth #VSFahionShow !!!! Thank you @VictoriasSecret :) xoxoxo” Lily tweeted after the festivities. Lily threw her own private party later in the evening at Avenue – there was even a secret password to get in! Be sure to check out the complete coverage of the fashion show in case you missed it! Tune in on December 4 to see the show on ...
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Kings of Leon's Jared Followill Marries Model Martha Paterson: See Their Gorgeous Wedding Pictures!
US Magazine - over 4 years
Rustic romance! As previously reported, Kings of Leon bass guitarist Jared Followill married model Martha Patterson at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tenn. on Saturday -- in what one source described to Us Weekly as a "country wedding." PHOTOS: Stunning celeb wedding dresses And, indeed, in a newly released from their magical day, the stunning bride and groom beam in a green meadow -- with a white picket fence, trees and rolling hills behind them. Paterson donned a Monique Lhuillier gown, while the handsome groom, 25, wore Gucci; in true country style, both wore Lucchese boots for the bash. PHOTOS: Over-the-top celeb weddings A rep for the happy couple tells Us the "wedding was beautiful, understated and classy -- great music!" "Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world," tweeted Followill after the bash, which was attended by his bandmates: brother/singer Caleb Followill, 30, brother/drummer Nathan Followill, 33, and cousin/lead guitarist Matthew Followill, ...
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Jared Followill and Martha Patterson: Married!
The Hollywood Gossip - over 4 years
Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill married Martha Patterson in Charlotte, N.C. His bandmates - brother/singer Caleb, brother/drummer Nathan, and cousin/guitarist Matthew, attended the wedding Saturday, which also saw Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman married. "Marrying my best friend today," model Patterson wrote. "I'm the luckiest girl in the world." "Today, I get married. It's the biggest step I've ever taken," Jared tweeted. Jared Followill is the fourth and final member of the band to get hitched. Caleb Followill married Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, 26, on May 12, 2011; they are parents to daughter Dixie Pearl, 3 months. Nathan Followill tied the knot with singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin, 28, on November 2009; they are currently expecting their first child. Matthew Followill and musician Johanna Bennett, 27, swapped vows in November 2009; they are parents to son Knox Cameron Patrick, 17 months. Congratulations to Jared and ...
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Kelly Clarkson's Karaoke Tour Continues! Covers Cold Desert By Kings Of Leon!
Perez Hilton - over 4 years
Every time we think she's outdone herself, she goes and performs something even better than the last! Kelly Clarkson's "fan request" portion of her concerts across the states has brought us all some absolutely INCREDIBLE covers of a wide variety of hits, ranging from No Doubt to Gotye to The Pretenders, and her stint in Mansfield, MA last night was NO exception! Her latest request from an audience member was none other than Cold Desert by Kings of Leon, which the songstress admitted prior to bringing down the house with her interpretation was a favorite of hers, and believe us when we say IT SHOWS! Ch-ch-check it out (above)! Holy SHIZ. She does Caleb Followill's coarse, pained vocals even better than HE DOES himself here! We've got CHILLS, gurl! Perfection! Seriously! What will her fans think of next?!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kings of Leon
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    The second single "Wait for Me" was released in the United Kingdom in August 2013 and debuted at number 31 in the UK Singles Chart. "Last Mile Home," a song originally from the deluxe version of Mechanical Bull, had a stripped down version written for the soundtrack of the film August: Osage County.
    More Details Hide Details Following their New Year's Eve show in Nashville, drummer Nathan Followill said the band are aiming to release album seven in 2016: "We've already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for 2016 is getting the record finished. And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record." Lead singer, Caleb Followill, added "We enjoy this part of the process. Obviously there's a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stressful at times, but we're all in a good place and we're having fun with it and we're all excited to do something new." The album is likely to be recorded in LA, with Caleb saying the band are looking for inspiration: "We might just try to get a little change of scenery. Our first two albums we recorded in L.A., so we're going to try to go back and see if it inspires us," he said. "If it doesn't, we always have a studio at home, so we can always come back."
  • 2010
    On January 31, 2010, Kings of Leon took home the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song for "Use Somebody" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The band's fifth album, called Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010 in the UK, and October 19, 2010 in the U.S. It was recorded in Nashville and New York between February and June 2010 with Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia once more at the helm. Following the release of Come Around Sundown in Australia, the band released all the tracks from the new album on their website. In June 2010, the band embarked on a tour visiting more than 50 cities in North America and Europe. The tour dates ran from June 5 to September 23. On July 27, 2011, during a concert in Dallas, Texas, singer Caleb Followill appeared to be heavily intoxicated and slurred incomprehensibly between songs, often rambling about nothing. He left the stage, claiming he was going to vomit, drink a beer and return to play three more songs. He never returned, causing the rest of the band to apologize to the crowd and end the concert abruptly. On August 1, 2011, the band announced through their website that the remainder of their U.S. tour would be canceled with no reschedules due to dates they already have scheduled.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Kings of Leon also performed on March 14, 2009, at Sound Relief, a benefit concert, for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Crawl" from this album was released as a free download on the band's website on July 28. The third and fourth singles were "Revelry", which peaked at number 19 in New Zealand, and "Notion", which peaked at number 24 in Belgian charts. Only By The Night was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA for selling one million copies in less than a year after its release. In 2008, Kings of Leon headlined the Glastonbury Music Festival, and in 2009, the band headlined a number of music festivals, including Reading & Leeds, Rock Werchter, Oxegen, T in the Park, Gurtenfestival and Open'er Festival in Poland, Europe, along with Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits in the United States. The band released its first DVD, Live at the O2 London, England, on November 10, 2009. It was later released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, 2009. The footage was filmed in London's O2 Arena on June 30, 2009, when the band performed a 22-song set in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18,000 fans. In an interview with Billboard.com, drummer Nathan stated, "England is really the first place we broke We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest." The show featured songs from all four of the band's albums, and Nathan continued by saying, "We just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren't even there."
  • 2007
    The band's third album was titled Because of the Times and was released on April 2, 2007 in the UK, and a day later in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The album release was preceded by the single "On Call", which became a hit in the UK and Ireland. The album debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland and entered the European charts at number 25, selling approximately 70,000 copies in its first week of release. Although it was lauded by some critics others found the album inferior to their previous efforts. In 2008, Kings of Leon released its fourth studio album, Only by the Night, produced by Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia on September 19, which subsequently entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and remained there for one more week. Only by the Night also had two single-week stints as the UK number one album in 2009, one directly after the BRIT Awards. In the United States, the album reached number four on the Billboard Charts. Reception to the album was the most polarized yet, with the British press granting the album glowing reviews, while in the United States, reactions to the album were more mixed. The album was officially named as the UK's third-biggest-selling album of 2008 and the biggest-selling album of 2008 in Australia. "Sex on Fire" was the first single released for download in the UK on September 8. The song became the band's most successful as it peaked at number one in the UK and in Ireland. They won Best International Band and Best International Album at the Brit Awards in 2009, where they also performed "Use Somebody" live.
  • 2004
    The band's second album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, was released in the UK in October 2004 and in the United States in February 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Building on the Southern-infused garage rock of their first album, the album broadened the band's domestic and international audience. The album was again produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns. "The Bucket", "Four Kicks", and "King of the Rodeo" were all released as singles, with "The Bucket" rising into the Top 20 in Britain. "Taper Jean Girl" was also used in the 2007 movie Disturbia and the movie Cloverfield in 2008. The band garnered accolades from several of their rock peers, including Elvis Costello, and also toured with U2, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam during 2005 and 2006.
  • 2003
    The Followills' debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, was released in the UK in July 2003 and in the United States later that August.
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded between Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California. It was produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the band's retro-chic look and blend of Southern boogie and gritty garage rock inspired comparisons to both Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Strokes. The album became a sensation in the UK and Ireland, where NME declared it "one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years" and The Guardian described the band as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels The Rolling Stones longed to be". The album still failed to make any significant impact in the U.S., where reviews were generally lukewarm and the modern rock audience was generally uninterested. In the United States, Youth and Young Manhood sold only 100,000 copies, compared with the 750,000 copies it moved abroad.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    When he and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in 1999, Kings of Leon was formed.
    More Details Hide Details They named the band after their grandfather Leon, who died in January 2014. By 2002, Nathan and Caleb had received interest from a number of music labels and eventually signed with RCA Records, which initially insisted on putting a band together for the two of them. In an interview with Billboard, however, Nathan outlined how they told RCA, "We don't want to be Evan and Jaron. We're going to buy our little brother a bass, he's a freshman in high school. Caleb will teach himself the guitar, Matthew played guitar when he was 10 and I'll play the drums. They said, 'All right, we'll come down in one month and see you guys.'" Later in the interview Caleb admitted to the brothers "kidnapping" their cousin Matthew from his hometown in Mississippi for him to join the band. They told his mother that he was only going to be staying for a week but never allowed him to return home. "We locked ourselves in the basement with an ounce of marijuana and literally spent a month down there. My mom would bring us food down", added Nathan. "And at the end of that month the label people came and we had "Molly's Chambers", "California Waiting", "Wicker Chair", and "Holy Roller Novocaine".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Except for a five-year period when they settled in Jackson, Tennessee, the Followills' childhoods were spent driving through the southern United States in a purple 1988 Oldsmobile, camping for a week or two wherever Ivan was scheduled to preach. When the boys' father resigned from preaching and their parents divorced in 1997, Nathan and Caleb relocated to Nashville and embraced rock music and the lifestyle they had previously been denied, attempting to break into the music industry in the process.
    More Details Hide Details While there, they met songwriter Angelo Petraglia who helped the siblings hone their songwriting skills and introduced them to the musical influences of Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones and The Clash in particular. Their youngest brother, Jared, who had briefly attended public school, was more influenced by the music of the Pixies and The Velvet Underground.
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