After rocking the headline slot at the Coachella festival earlier this month, Kings of Leon are ready to hit the road for their own headline tour. Reps for the band that rocketed to fame in the U.K before breaking through in the U.S a few years later, announced today (April 25th) that the band will hit 27 spots this summer beginning with The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama on July 25th.
Private lives public headlines
It’s been a roller coaster last few years for Kings of Leon whose humble roots in Tennessee and Oklahoma belie a rock star life that now includes lead singer Caleb’s supermodel fiancee Lily Aldridge and bassist Jared’s alleged romance with Twilight star Ashley Greene. Gossips had Jared and Ashley hooking up back stage at Coachella.
Not so ‘Glee-ful’
The band’s celebrity has also spawned their first media feud. Earlier this year the band entered into a war of words with the creator of Fox’s wildly popular musical comedy “Glee,” Ryan Murphy, over the band’s refusal to let the show use the song “Use Somebody.” The feud escalated from a mere denial of the song to the show to Murphy accusing drummer Nathan Followill of homophobia based a now deleted post on Twitter.
Nathan later apologized as did Murphy meanwhile the Hollywood Reporter claims that Glee guest star and Kings of Leon fan and friend Gwyneth Paltrow brokered a cease fire between the two sides in the press. Despite Gwyneth’s intervention the Kings music will still not be heard on Glee anytime soon.
On the bright side, ahead of the summer tour Kings of Leon are being celebrated at the Tribeca Film Festival with the premiere of the rock documentary “Talihina Sky.” The documentary, crafted by friend of the band Stephen Mitchell, features never before seen interviews with the band as well as members of their family, behind the scenes footage of the Kings on tour and home videos from their youth in Tennessee and in Talihina, Oklahoma where the brother Followill spent many summers.
MTV.com called “Talahina Sky” “…one of the most compelling music documentaries you’ll ever see.” Stops on the Kings of Leon summer tour include Dallas, Texas July 29th, Washington D.C August 9th and Chicago, Illinois on August 26th before wrapping up in Seattle, Washington at the Key Arena on September 12th. Tickets for the first show in Orange Beach, Alabame go on sale Tuesday, April 26th for members of the Kings of Leon Fan Club and on Friday the 29th for the general public.