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Kings of Leon Balance Old and New When Compiling Set List for Live Shows

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Big Hassle (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Big Hassle (via ABC News Radio)

Having a deep catalog can be a blessing and a curse for an artist, especially when trying to determine what to play live.  Kings of Leon , who are currently on a brief break from their tour while drummer Nathan Followill recovers from broken ribs sustained in a bus crash, says trying to figure out which songs from their six albums they should play hasn't been easy.

Singer Caleb Followill and bassist Jared Followill tell ABC News Radio they strive to strike a balance between "songs we've played eleventy... billion times," and "songs that we wish we could go up there and play them, and the crowd would be behind 'em, because they're fun for us to play and they show a lot of our energy." 

Of course, the crowd wants to hear the hits, like "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody," and as Jared says, it's the audience's reaction to those hits that keeps those songs fresh for them.  "No matter how much you're not looking forward to playing [the song], when you see the reaction from the crowd...that always makes it a little more exciting," says Jared.

Helping that process, says Caleb, is that he and his brothers change things up, which keeps both fans and the band interested. "You kind of just ad-lib little things here and there, and you get different looks so that makes it feel different and feel cooler," he tells ABC News Radio. "You never know exactly what to do, you just kind of change from tour to tour and see what works and what doesn't." 

Kings of Leon's tour is scheduled to resume August 28 in Holmdel, New Jersey and will continue until at least October.  Here are their remaining dates:

8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
9/3 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/5 -- Tampa, FL, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/6 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/13 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/17 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/24 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/26 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/1 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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