Kings Of Leon have released a trailer for their special show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which takes place this Friday (August 9).
Comedian Fred Armisen will direct the webcast of the event and he features in the promo clip for the American Express Unstaged gig, which you can see above.
In the video, Armisen, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, meets the band in their rehearsal space in Nashville and gets each member of the group to play their parts for current single ‘Supersoaker’ individually. “I want to put you in a competition… against each other,” he says. “I want to find out who is the best member of Kings of Leon.” The band’s frontman Caleb Followill then asks: “Is it gonna be awkward?” to which Armisen responds in the affirmative.
Similar events have taken place with Vampire Weekend, whose show was directed by Steve Buscemi, and The Killers, whose show was directed by Werner Herzog. The gig will be streamed by both YouTube and Vevo. The show takes place six days before Kings Of Leon’s huge headline show at Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields on August 14, with their V Festival headline shows happening on August 17-18.
The band’s new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ is out on September 24. Bassist Jared Followill told NME in March of this year: “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds.”
Caleb Followill has said that the band had felt under no pressure while making the highly-anticipated new LP. “I think the last one took the pressure off us,” he said. “‘Come Around Sundown’ followed up what was at the point the biggest record of our career [2008’s ‘Only By The Night’], so going into this record it was like, ‘The monkey’s off our back, we don’t have that pressure of whether we’re going to be able to match what the last record did.’ We changed it up a bit on this record.”