Kings of Leon, the alternative rock band of Nashville brats is stepping up the success ladder real fast. They were spotted by the critics with the release of their very first album. And today, with 4 sensational albums in credit, the band is looking even better than many anticipated initially. The Kings of Leon craze has started to peak finally in US too. The band consists of 3 Leon brothers and a cousin. Anthony Caleb Followill is the lead vocalist and plays rhythm guitar for the band. Michael Jared Followill is on backing vocals and bass, Ivan Nathan Followill plays drums, percussion and backing vocals. And Cameron Matthew Followill, their cousin is on backing vocals and lead guitar.
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The Leon brothers were fond of drums and music from their childhood. They spent their younger age travelling around the US. In 1997, an unfortunate event forced them to settle down at Nashville, it was when their father resigned from preaching and divorced his wife. By shifting to Nashville, the boys got the chance to do what their church preacher father, Ivan Leon Followill, had denied for them previously. There they met Angelo Petragila in 1999 who helped them carve their song writing skills and introduced them to the genres of alternative, southern and garage rock. Within months a band was formed with addition of the younger Followill and a cousin. And to honor their father and grandfather, the band was named as the "Kings of Leon".
The band released their first record in 2003 and received much exposure needed for the successful release of their first album Youth and Young Manhood. The album received encouraging reviews from the US critics, but the response from UK and Ireland was awesome. The album was declared to be one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years by NME and the band was invited for a UK tour same year. Kings of Leon released their 2nd album Aha Shake Heartbreak in the UK and gained more international acclaim and audience. Many of the tracks from their 2nd album stood out, "The Bucket" reached top 20 charts in Britain, "Taper Jean Girl" was used in the movies Disturbia 2007 and Cloverfield 2008.
Their later albums depicted a more polished and neat image of the band. The songs from their 3rd album, Because of the Times, became greater hits and landed on the higher positions at the charts in UK and Ireland. And finally their 4th album Only by the Nights, reached at the top spot in the UK Albums Chart and 5th on the Billboard Charts. The track "Sex on Fire" was declared to be number 1 in the Hottest 100 poll 2008 and won a Grammy Award and many other awards in the same year. Kings of Leon gained mammoth sized popularity with years. The band has headlined many music festivals so far and have delivered many award winning live performances, to become one the youth’s most favorite band.
There is no doubt that Kings of Leon are loved and praised by the Music lovers and critics worldwide. All the ingredients that are required to attract a huge fans base are present in the band members. Their raw attitude, cute looks, wild hair and aggressive performance puts the young and wild crowd on fire. Their energetic live performances have been the highlights of many music festivals. They young music monsters are known to exhaust the audience with their fiery performance and they get offended if the crowd doesn’t respond to them as wild as they expect. Rock music legends like Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and Elvis Costello were certain of the bands success right from the beginning.
They have released many great numbers and have won multiple awards. Their platinum hit singles, like "Notion", "Use Somebody", "Four Kicks" "King of the Rodeo" and "Crawl" etc peaked in the US, UK and Australian charts. In 2008, they received 2 Brit Awards, i.e. the Best International Band Award and the Best International Album and an NME Album of the Year Award. The band has also won 2 Grammy Awards, one in 2009 and the second in January 2010. The band of cute Nashville boys is performing in many live concerts this year. You have no reason to stay deprived of their magnificent live shows. Get your Kings of Leon Tickets as soon as you can as their fans are way more in number than the any arena can ever accommodate.