Kings of Leon have been quiet for some time — the Southern rockers' most recent LP, Come Around Sundown, arrived in October 2010 — but the "Sex On Fire" four-piece are planning a comeback this fall. According to bassist Jared Followill, the Nashville outfit have finished their upcoming sixth album, which is currently being sequenced and is due sometime in September.
"I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds," Followill told the NME recently, adding that the impending effort sounds like a mix of the band's 2003 debut Youth and Young Manhood and 2007's breakthrough full-length Because of the Times.
Before Kings of Leon return to the Billboard charts, however, they'll be hitting the festival circuit this summer, making stops at New York's Governors Ball Music Festival, Alabama's Hangout Music Festival, and California's Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival, in addition to playing a slew of dates overseas, where they will no doubt test-drive new material.
Kings of Leon 2013 tour dates:
May 11 – Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival
May 17 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
June 7 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
June 12 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
June 13 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
June 15 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop
June 16 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock
June 19 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle
June 20 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arnea
June 24 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
June 25 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
June 27 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne
June 29 – St. Gallen, CH @ St. Gallen Open Air
July 2 – Arendal, NO @ Hove Festival
July 5 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
July 6 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
July 9 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
July 10 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
July 12 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
July 14 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive!
August 9 – Bergen, NO @ Brann Stadion
August 11 – Skandeborg, DK @ Smukfest
August 17-19 – Essex and Staffordshire, UK @ V Festival