One of the most famous contemporary rock bands Kings of Leon will be performing for the first time in Lithuania on June 27 at “Siemens” arena. The four musicians – three brothers and their cousin, have included Vilnius on their tour in support of the new studio album WALLS.
Kings of Leon began their WALLS tour on January 12 and plan to hit dozens of cities in Europe and North America over the year. The band will come to Lithuania in between concerts in the largest European festivals: before performing in our country, Kings of Leon will play in Tinder Box Festival in Denmark, and right after the Vilnius show they will rush off to the Rock Werchter in Belgium and the British Summer Time Hyde Park in the UK.
Kings of Leon have been around for 17 years and conquered the worldwide charts in 2008 with their fourth studio album Only by the Night. The world then learned the lyrics of their hits Sex on Fire and Use Somebody by heart, and Grammy trophies began piling on the band’s shelves.
The band first introduced the songs from their album WALLS in September, in one of the biggest European music festivals Lollapalooza, and the album itself was released in October. WALLS (which is an acronym of a phrase ‘We Are Like Love Songs’) was recorded after a four year hiatus and is completely different from the 2013 album Mechanical Bull or precedent Come Around Sundown.
‘There comes a point when you realize you’ve lost that passion and that hunger. You’re chastened and want to get it back — and in order to get it back it’s like, ‘Forget about record sales, forget about the size of the venue you’re playing, forget about any of that stuff.’ – the singer Caleb Followill said promoting the album.
This decision was exceptionally pleasant to the ears of fans and music critics. The new album topped the charts in USA, Europe and Australia and received favourable reviews. The album certified Gold in the UK.
Popular online music publication Consequence of Sound wrote that ‘to put out their best album in years, they didn’t have to tear the walls down. They just had to take a breath and repaint them.’ The site claimed that WALLS finds the perfect balance between the garage band playing for pleasure and the pompous music which made Kings of Leon worldwide superstars.
The album was praised by the prestigious British music magazine NME: ‘on their seventh album, Kings Of Leon have simply stopped caring about who will like them. Instead they’ve done what comes naturally – and also what they’re very good at. WALLS just feels fresh. And here they sound more focused and alive than they have for a while.’ NME upheld their claim by including this album in their Albums of the Year 2016 list.
Tickets for the show available now!