If I look at a list of my top 5 achievements, someone near the top is “stuck hand through fence at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and got hand signed by Kings of Leon”. What a night. I managed to get to a few Kings of Leon tour dates back in the 00s — I think we’re at 7 and counting — and let me tell you, they are always a good time. But for 10 long years they have ignored our beautiful country and it’s saddened my soul. Which is why today’s news that Kings of Leon have announced a 2022 Australian tour is the Friday vibe we all need.
COVID be damned, the band have announced that they will be hitting Australia and New Zealand (where they haven’t played in 12 years!) next March / April, headlining shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland. According to the official tour page, they will be playing songs from all 8 of their albums, which pleases this Aha Shake Heartbreak-obsessed writer very, very much.
The boys, who in March released a new album called When You See Yourself, are pumped to return to our sunny shores, with singer / my former dream husband Caleb Followill saying in a statement: “As a band, we feed off the energy our audiences bring and the last time we toured Australia the atmosphere was electric. We can’t wait to get back down there and perform for you all again.”
It’s been a long 18 years since they first burst onto the scene as a bunch of long-haired yahoos with their debut album Youth & Youth Manhood (which absolutely whips to this day) and I fell deeply in love with their incredibly tight pants and large moustaches. Quietly hoping they revive this iconic look for their Aussie tour, please.
Hit up the tour dates and ticket links below:
23 March 2022 — Auckland, Spark Arena (tickets via Ticketmaster)
26 March 2022 — Sydney, QUDOS Bank Arena (tickets via Ticketek)
29 March 2022 — Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre (tickets via Ticketek)
1 April 2022 — Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl (tickets via Ticketek)
4 April 2022 — Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre (tickets via Ticketek)
7 April 2022 — Perth, RAC Arena (tickets via Ticketek)