Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kings of Leon Announce The Features, Built to Spill and More as Openers for Summer Tour

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Theres nothing wrong with loving The Features.
  • There's nothing wrong with loving The Features.
Yesterday I posted this round-up of emerging national and international touring itineraries belonging to those Nashville rockers who are taking the sounds of Music City out beyond our self-defeating bubble of indifference to the elsewhere-masses this summer.

Turns out my post came a day too soon, as it was announced today that local modern rock superstars, the Kings of Leon, have tapped their favorite band, and imprint signees, The Features, to open not only the massive Hyde Park concert they’ll play in London this coming June, but seven West Coast dates on their upcoming summer shed tour as well — bringing them to such hallowed venues as the Hollywood Bowl and The Gorge, located outside of Seattle.

Given KOL’s zealous love and longtime championing of Middle-Tennessee’s resilient flagship rockers, their taking the band on the road once again comes as little surprise. What does come as a surprise, however — and a pleasant one at that — is that Idaho’s finest indie-rock elder statesmen, Built to Spill, will also appear on the bill for each of these shows.

Built to Spill is a band that has tendency to challenge even their own audiences live. Seeing how they will go over against the minds of 15,000 day-drunk tailgaters should be interesting. I have a feeling they’ll shy away from busting out their 20 minute-long cover of “Cortez the Killer,” or jamming out to videos of K Records founder, Calvin Johnson, extolling the virtues of eco-terrorism, although I kinda hope they don't.

Other KOL summer openers include The Black Keys, The Whigs and The Stills. Peruse the full list of dates and openers below.

There is no show slated for Nashville proper, as The Kings are set to bring their reign to Bonnaroo instead. Plus, we don’t have a shed here, or any type of outdoor venue that can suffice for one. Can someone please fucking do something about that? Call it Cracker Barrel Pavilion or Krystal's Sackful Amphitheater, whatever — get on it, Metro.

Kings of Leon Dates:

6/5 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center *
6/6 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
6/8 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion *
7/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre **
7/10 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion **
7/12 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl **
7/14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater **
7/17 George, WA (Seattle) The Gorge **
7/19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater **
7/20 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater **
7/23 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ***
7/24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater ****
7/26 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center ****
7/28 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre ***
7/30 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center ****
7/31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre ****
8/3 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre ****
8/5 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center ****
8/7 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live ****
9/3 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center *****
9/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center *****
9/7 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion *****
9/8 Hershey,PA Hershey Park Pavilion *****
9/10 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *****
9/11 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater *****
9/13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Amphitheater *****
9/17 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater *****
9/18 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheater *****
9/20 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center *****
9/22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *****
9/23 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center *****

* w/The Whigs
** w/Built to Spill & The Features
*** w/The Stills
**** w/Built to Spill & The Stills
***** w/The Black Keys & The Whigs

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