The band preview their new album before their biggest ever crowd - and they belt out the classics too...
KINGS OF LEON premiered seven news songs tonight (June 25) during their first PYRAMID STAGE appearance at GLASTONBURY.
A whirlwind 18 months has seen the band rise from their New Stage slot last year to their place on this year’s bill, coming just before headliners Oasis.
The Followills tore through a highly-charged set, pleasing the crowd with tracks from their 2003 debut album ’Youth And Young Manhood’, such as ’Holy Roller Novocaine’, ’Red Morning Light’, ’California Waiting’, ’Molly’s Chambers’ and ‘Genius’.
The band’s set was also filled with new material taken from their forthcoming second album, ’A-Ha Shake Heartbreak’, which has just finished being recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ethan Johns.
New tracks included, ’Taper Jean Girl’, ’King Of The Rodeo’, ’Soft’, ’Milk’ and ’Pistol Of Fire’.
Singer Caleb Followill told the crowd,”Last year we played in a really small tent. This year it’s a lot bigger and scarier”.
He added: “You guys have been fucking amazing. You’re the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for. Thank you.”
The set was also the first time a UK crowd had the chance to see the band’s new looks, with three of the group, Caleb, Jared and Matthew, cutting their hair and Caleb shaving off his trademark beard.
As previously reported, Caleb told NME.COM earlier today: “We’re on Glastonbury’s big stage having to play with the big boys right now. Last year, I believe it was our first festival ever, so this is a year later and I guess I’ll see how we’ve changed. I’ve been nervous all day – hopefully we can pull it off.”
Kings Of Leon spent their day at the festival hanging around the backstage bar and chatting to friends and fans.
The band also took time out to watch performances from Wilco and Bright Eyes.
’A-Ha Shake Heartbreak’ is due to come out in the UK later this year.
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