Hot on the heels of last week’s Tribeca Film Festival debut of their Talihina Nights rock-doc and the preceding week’s headlining performance at Coachella (see above), Nashville’s worldly neighborhood rock stars have just announced an expansive, six-week U.S. tour.
Set to kick off July 26 in Orange Beach, Ala. — which, hopefully, is still orange in wake of the whole Deep Water Horizon debacle — the cross-country jaunt sees the fun-loving Followill fam hitting sheds and a few scattered arenas with LOL-worthy monikers (the entertaining part of perusing big-ticket itineraries) like Gexa Energy Pavilion, Jiffy Lube Live, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater (my personal favorite), Susquehanna Bank Center and the creatively christened Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The blood-bound quartet will also return to Denver’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater for a two-night stand, where (my) hopes are high that they’ll spook the crowd’s high-altitude stoners by following the natural progression of their U2 influence by proclaiming mid-set, “This song is not a rebel song. This song is ‘Sex on Fire,’ ” before launching into a cover Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” C’mon — that’d be hilarious, right? I mean, really, how any performer can grace the stage of Red Rocks without making an ironic “Sunday Bloody Sunday” joke boggles my mind beyond comprehension. But then again, I’m a hopeless U2 fan.
Anyway, sorry to digress. Where were we? Oh yeah. Kings of Leon. On tour. Right. While the trek takes the band to cities such as Atlanta, Ga., Dallas, Texas, Boston (Mansfield), Mass., Tinley Park (Chicago) Ill., Tampa, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., and Bonner Springs, Kan., before wrapping up at Seattle’s KeyArena on Sept. 12, there is one curious thing about their itinerary: It doesn’t include a Nashville date.
Perhaps they have more shows to announce on the horizon? We’ll see. If the tour ends up skipping the ‘Ville they call home, it’ll mean that, aside from last year’s Bonnaroo performance and intimate appearances at Rocketown and The Factory in Franklin — where they taped an installment of VH1 Storytellers earlier this month — the band will go two years without staging a proper hometown show. The band last played Nashville in October 2009.
Do we really need another convincing argument for how badly we need a shed up in this piece? This shit is getting ridiculous. This coming October will mark the five-year anniversary of the final event held at Starwood — unless, of course, you count last year’s guerrilla rubble-rocker with locals August Christopher. Just sayin’.
Also of note: Before the Kings set out for stateside sheds, they’ll spend the top half of the Summer taking stages at festivals, arenas, and even a stadium or two across the pond. There, local KOL-footstep-followers Mona will — in addition to a gig at Glastonbury — support the band on three U.K. dates. Congrats to those guys! Check out KOL's full itinerary and ticket info here. And peek into Mona's future travels here.