It was 10 years ago on Monday (August 19th) that Kings Of Leon released their debut album, Youth And Young Manhood. The band had come together in Nashville in 1999, after brothers Caleb Followill on vocals and guitar, Jared Followill on bass and Nathan Followill on drums were joined by cousin Matthew Followill on lead guitar. The brothers were sons of an Oklahoma-based Pentecostal preacher who had denied the boys access to rock music until they moved to Music City on their own.
- Kings Of Leon recorded part of their debut album at Sound City, the legendary and now defunct studio recently immortalized in Dave Grohl's documentary.
- Youth And Young Manhood was released in the U.K. a full month before arriving in stores in North America.
- The disc only reached Number 113 on the Billboard album chart, but rocketed to Number Three in the U.K.
- Nathan spoke with us a while back about the band's early success overseas: "You know, we would leave the U.K. and Europe and, you know, our security guys had to walk us through security 'cause people wouldn't leave us alone, and we would come home and the only person that knew us was our mom, who was there to pick us up. So, you know, I think it actually helped us in the sense that we never got tired of it. It was like we always looked forward to going to the U.K. and Europe 'cause we were huge over there, but we also looked forward to coming home because there was a certain level of anonymity."
- Thanks to the band's breakthrough in Europe, Volkswagen used a Kings track called "Molly's Chambers" in a Jetta commercial.
- Kings Of Leon followed up its debut in 2004 with Aha Shake Heartbreak, followed by Because Of The Times in 2006, Only By The Night in 2008 and Come Around Sundown in 2010.
- The Kings will release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, on September 24th.
SIDE NOTES: Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill explained to Rolling Stone why he and Nathan are producing a new culinary-themed event called Music City Eats: The Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Caleb said, "Slowly but surely, Nashville is becoming one of the food meccas of the South. And that's great, because for so long, we were going to chain restaurants because they were the only restaurant that had a f***ing glass of pinot noir."
- The festival will take place on September 21st and 22nd and will feature music as well as demonstrations from national chefs and 25 of the area's most authentic regional chefs.
Kings Of Leon's Nathan Followill On Early Success Overseas
Read more at Rolling Stone
NME reports Kings of Leon make triumphant return to V Festival in Essex
NME reports Kings Of Leon bring new album "Mechanical Bull" to the UK as they headline V Festival