Kings of Leon to perform at Atlantis

They arrive in the UAE on the back of their sixth album Mechanical Bull.

Members of the band Kings of Leon, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Caleb Followill. Victoria Will / AP photo
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Kings of Leon are returning to the UAE.

The American rockers will perform at Atlantis Beach at Atlantis, The Palm on May 28 with tickets going on sale on March 24 from 9am.

The show marks the band’s second performance in the country, and their Dubai debut, after headlining the inaugural 2009 Abu Dhabi Formula One after-race concerts.

They arrive in the UAE on the back of their sixth album Mechanical Bull. Led by the single Supersoaker, the 2013 album sees them encorporate their best elements from the ragged riffage of their 2003 debut Youth and Manhood to the arena rock of later albums Because of the Times (2007) and Only by the Night (2008).

“We were all secretly paying attention to what people have been saying about us — our fans and what they wanted to hear,” said singer Caleb Followill in the Mechanical Bull press release.

“We didn’t want songs sounding alike. We wanted songs to be anthemic in a different way than they had been before. We didn’t want songs to be all stretched out and reverb-y; we wanted it a little raw. We wanted it to kind of feel like, at times you’re playing with the only amp you have and the only guitar you have and you gotta make it work.”

Drummer Nathan Followill described the three-year break between albums — their longest to date — as needed so that the band to take stock of their success.

“I think taking a little break reminded us not just that we’re blessed to get to do what we do for a living at all,” he said.

“But it also reminded us of the type of music we can make when we’re all in the right head space. Kings of Leon making a fun record, that’s what we are. That’s what made our fans fall in love with us in the first place.”

Tickets begin from Dh385 from www.ticketmaster.ae and www.atlantisthepalm.com