About The Performance
Two years ago when Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill abruptly left the stage during a gig in Dallas without returning, the future was suddenly uncertain for the band that produced unforgettable hits like 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex on Fire'.
The group would go on to cancel the remainder of their U.S. tour dates following the Dallas show, and the boys went on to take a desperately needed break - only meeting weeks later to discuss their future.
The Followills' were truly exhausted after having traveled on the road together without stopping for the better part of decade; but family bonds, values and a pure love for music brought the boys back together and helped them put their differences aside.
Naturally, the next step for the Kings was to record a new record, so they rented out an old paint factory in Nashville to begin crafting their latest studio LP, "Mechanical Bull". The album would serve as the followup to 2010's "Come Around Sundown" and was also the first time the band was able to record with no pressure, at their own pace.
The last time around, the band were forced to record their LP at a tiny studio space in New York City; a polar opposite of the spacious old industrial paint warehouse that the band remodeled and setup in to record "Mechanical Bull" - aptly named Neon Leon Studios.
The results were magical, and the band reconnected in ways that made it feel like the groups inception all over again. They were relaxed, focused and most importantly of all - having fun again as a band for the first time in years.
In fact, the band even explained that the album is their "most immature" record yet - a stark contrast to the "fractious atmosphere" that plagued the band's "Come Around Sundown" sessions and subsequent tour.
In the pre-show Interview prior to their performance, frontman Caleb Followill elaborated on the album's feel, saying that they wanted the album to sound completely natural; so much so that they even left a few mistakes in to give the record character.
Following a nod to The Beatles and the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre that included a story about how Sir Paul McCartney once gave drummer Nathan Followill a back massage, the family band were set to hit the stage. Within minutes the lights went out and Matthew, Jared, Caleb and Nathan hit the stage to play a set full of new songs as well as Kings' classics.
After a quick hello to the packed house, the band opened up with "Supersoaker", the first single off their new album, "Mechanical Bull". They quickly followed with more new music and after "Temple" in which Caleb belted "I'd take one in the temple, I'd take one for you", the band stormed into yet another new song off "Mechanical Bull", this time - "Don't Matter".
By this point the band had the Ed Sullivan Theatre reeling; hitting them with one feel good song after the next, ultimately building up to when they sunk their teeth into their massive hit "Sex On Fire", which had the crowd singing every word.
Before going into the final song of the evening, Caleb seemed enamored by the sight of the crowd and thanked the Kings of Leon faithful. Looking extremely humbled, he launched the band into the final song of the evening, "Use Somebody", off 2008's "Only By The Night"; and just like that - another historic 'Live on Letterman' performance was in the books.