Tour Survival Guide: Kings of Leon

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Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill on sweet vermouth, donkey noises and getting lei’d.

Worst Job On Tour: Tour Manager
We had a tour manager that we didn’t like, so every show I would make her give me a sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist. And she would do it every night. And I never drank one of them, because it was so gross.

The Braying of Donkeys, or Kings of Leon
We do this weird extremely country retarded song [before every show]. It kind of sounds like a donkey. One of our uncles used to sing it -— I don’t know why we [started doing] it, but we were kind of superstitious, and now it’s something we do to embarrass ourselves during festival season where everyone can hear us. We say a prayer after, then we go play. [My band is] weird. They think we’re not going to wail unless we do it. And I think we would wail either way. I’m really superstitious, but if it causes me to be embarrassed I could do without it.

From the Mouths of Babes
The dumbest thing I’ve ever said or done on tour -– I always say dumb things. I speak before I think. I got banned from doing interviews for a little bit. I said something was "gay," and you’re not supposed to say that. I was 16 years old, I was supposed to be a junior in high school. The g word was still fresh in my vocabulary, straight out of sophomore year. But I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.

They Love To Get Lei’d
My most favorite city that we’ve played is Waikiki. I would play there every day if I could. I like L.A. and New York, even though the shows there are usually pretty bad because the crowds are really pretentious. You feel like everybody there is in a band, and they could do better than you. In small towns, that’s where we blow minds and melt faces.

Tour Dates
May 5 – Ogden, Denver CO
May 6 – Vodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO
May 7 – Cains, Tulsa, OK
May 9 – Stubbs, Austin, TX
May 11 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
May 12 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
May 13 – House of Blues, Dallas, TX
May 15 – Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
May 17 – Rave, Milwaukee, WI
May 18 – First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
May 19 – Riviera, Chicago, IL
May 21 – Headliners, ouisville, KY
May 22 – House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
May 24 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
May 25 – Pageant, St. Louis, MO
June 1 – Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
June 2 – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
June 5 – Roseland, New York, NY
June 6 – Avalon, Boston, MA
June 7 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
June 12 – Kool Haus, Toronto, ONT
June 13 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
June 15 – Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN
June 26 – Le Bataclan, Paris
July 4 – Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
July 12 – Hammersmith Apollo, London
July 13 – Hammersmith Apollo, London

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  1. Todd Johnson Pa. says:

    OMG. This totally is not my style of music i generally seek out but i heard you guys on SNL and went out monday – well a day early and got the new CD. It is amazing and wow some of the songs really make the hair on my arms stand up. This is going to be huge ! awesome stuff cant wait to hear more ! The lead voice and the way he makes it soiund , the emotion evoked – again , WOW !

  2. Keith says:

    When will the gig at Hammersmith APollo be played on VH1 in Britain again?

  3. Cheeky Chick says:

    Never. Buy the DVD, dude.

  4. sum1liku says:

    when can we expect some Tennessee tour dates???

  5. pegsmouse1 says:

    i was introduced to kings of leon by a local station..x102.9..i heard 2 of thir songs, immediately went to amazon.com.. bought two different cds and am currently waiting on them to arrive…but i think they are great and severley under-rated and under heard by the public…..how does one get to be on “you ought to know”?? do i nominate..do i sugguest..(and who do i suggest) please let me know…as i would like to see them there..and then in the top ten of the top 20..always/pegsmouse1@comcast.net

  6. sue drain says:

    I would love to meet you guys I love your music although I am old enough to be all your mothers I went to one of your Manchester gigs I will be going to the Leeds festival so I hope we can meet for a chat Take Care Boys Love Sue Drain

  7. Steph says:

    Saw the Kings live at Oxegen. Even better live. Caleb has the most amazing voice. I just can’t stop listening to their music.. Long live the KIngs!!!!

  8. BRENDA says:

    I THINK THE KOL’S ARE THE GREATEST I LISTEN TO THEM EVERYDAY!!!!! SORRY I’M UNABLE TO BE ATTENDING THE CONCERT IN NASHVILLE IN OCT, AT THE SOMMET CENTER. MAYBE I’LL SEE THEM NEXT TIME

  9. Jordan says:

    I am totally in agreement about you saying big towns like that seem like they are always better. And in small towns it is like they never get out so whenever they have a big name come in, they actually give the respect the band members should get. It can be a drag sometimes being in band, with traveling, packing, mapping and planning, and then the equipment. The list goes on and on.

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  10. mad 0men says:

    this guys are workaholics man they don’t have any rest!i don’t know them slowing down…wicked … !you GO KOL you wild beasts! good luck with the new album!