In the course of five years, Kings of Leon has managed to go from playing a Camel-sponsored show at the Meridian to possibly selling out the Toyota Center. KOL was just in Houston this past fall for a sell-out at Verizon Wireless Theater, and we thought the show was middling to fair and safe at some parts.
The Tennessee-based boys announced just yesterday a massive national arena tour which brings them here again on October 6. The band is used to playing even bigger venues in Europe, where it's as massive as Nickelback is in these parts.
Yes, we said Kings of Leon are as huge in Europe as Nickelback is in the United States. We didn't say KOL sounds like Nickelback. In any case, we expect your comments either way. You guys love you some 'Back, as was made abundantly clear in April.
On Houston's leg of the tour, the opener will be London's epically dour White Lies, who Rocks Off saw at this past South by Southwest. Imagine a very depressed Interpol crossed with Simon LeBon-like vocals, and you get the general idea. The burn on Houston is that Glasvegas will leave the tour just weeks before KOL comes to town. Glasvegas' recent self-titled debut has been required listening around these parts for the last six months or so, and they put on a handful of crazy-beautiful sets this past SXSW as well.
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Tickets for the concert go on sale June 19.