ABC/Randy HolmesKings of Leon‘s summer North American tour kicks off tonight, July 26 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The band will be supporting their new album WALLS, which gives the Followills another batch of material to bring to the live stage.
“We have such a big catalog at this point, we’re seven albums deep, so we have over a hundred songs to choose from,” frontman Caleb Followill tells ABC Radio. “It’s fun, we get to play all the songs that we want to play.”
That very much includes the songs from WALLS. Followill feels the new tracks have really reached their potential in the live setting.
“It’s fun to see songs on the new album that we’re proud of, and that maybe a record label or people in the industry don’t react to,” Caleb says. “And then we play it live and the fans react, and then we get to kinda look at ’em and say, like, ‘We told ya! This is a song that’s gonna go somewhere.'”
Along with the singles “Waste a Moment” and “Reverend,” Kings of Leon have also been playing deeper WALLS cuts, like the song “Over.”
“I think ‘Over’ is one that surprised us,” says drummer Nathan Followill. “We all loved that song and had hoped it would be a fan-favorite, but playing it live, it’s great to see that we were on the right track. We kinda thought that the crowd would get into that one and enjoy it, and seeing that live and hearing them sing every word to it, that’s pretty cool.”
Kings of Leon will be touring the U.S. into October. The band is also hosting their annual Music City Food + Wine Festival in their hometown of Nashville September 15-17.
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