Guess which blogger has two thumbs and went to see Kings of Leon this past weekend?
That’s right: this girl.
If you remember, Kings of Leon weren’t doing so well during their last tour; more specifically, Caleb Followill wasn’t doing that well. The Kings frontman admits to Rolling Stone he’d “checked out” during Come Around Sundown, the band’s second-to-last album, which sold just a smidge over 700,000 copies. Of course, the Kings of Leon weren’t the only ones who suffered; fans were disappointed when, midway through the last tour, Caleb left the stage to go have a beer and never returned.
Unsurprisingly, the band ended the tour early.
In a December 2013 Rolling Stone interview, bassist Jared Followill sounded more upbeat about the band’s new album Mechanical Bull (released September 2013), the tour, and everything they’ve gone through to get back on stage:
“It feels good to be the f*cking underdog. We’re a comeback team. I’m glad we took that time off and there’s all this controversy. It pushes us up against a wall, and we work best that way.”
Also, Caleb sounds like he’s finally checked back in:
Caleb, who’s a little more reserved, tells me he just listened to the sequenced new album on the plane for the first time. “I was actually kind of into it,” he says.
Apparently, the break the Kings took was exactly what they needed. Each member worked on his own project – whether it be ignoring a guitar, playing golf, or, in Jared’s case, watching a lot of porn – and when they met back up in their new paint-factory-turned-music-studio, they were ready.
“We were like, f*ck,” says Nathan.
In a good way.
I agree. Celebrity Psychings isn’t a music review blog, so I won’t go into the details of what I do and don’t like about Mechanical Bull, but I will say that personally, the Kings seem back on point to me. Of course, one can never tell about these things. At least no one left mid-show for a drink; well, no one on stage, that is 🙂
In the meantime, I highly recommend grabbing yourself some tickets and checking out the Mechanical Bull tour for yourself.
If you already have, what’d you think of the show?
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