Sunday, August 27, 2006

Kings Of Leon, The Pink Spiders Hit The Road!

It was announced late last week that Bob Dylan has tapped Nashville rockers Kings Of Leon as the opening act for the first leg of the rock legend's fall tour. According to Billboard, the band will open for Bobby D. on his October 11th Vancouver date and will play several high profile shows, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago (but NO Nashville). Another band with Nashville connections, the Raconteurs will open for Dylan during the final third of the tour (Jack White lives HERE now, don't you know?). The Foo Fighters will take up the middle of the two-month tour, performing their acoustic set.

Before hitting the road with "Blind Boy Grunt," Kings Of Leon will do sixteen shows on their own during the month of September, including Louisville KY, Austin TX and St Louis MO. After a dozen dates with Dylan, the boys will be headed to the land down under to tour with Pearl Jam as its opening act across Australia. Dylan's new album, Modern Times, will be out on Tuesday, August 29th while a new Kings Of Leon disc (titled Because Of The Times) won't be available until February or March 2007.

The Pink Spiders have been drafted by teen faves Good Charlotte as the opening act for their fall mini-tour. Billboard reports that the tour will open September 27th in San Francisco and will close on October 22nd in Baltimore, with stops along the way in LA, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York (again, NO Nashville shows). The pink ones are currently on tour with the AKAs in support of their major label debut, Teenage Graffiti.

Together, these two bands are making waves and are helping put Nashville on the rock & roll map (maybe for good this time). Whether you like 'em or not...and the Reverend thinks that both bands are pretty good...they're getting more press and calling more attention to the Music City than even Jason & the Scorchers managed back in the day. Hopefully, the modest success currently being enjoyed by Kings Of Leon and the Pink Spiders will translate into bigger audiences and better opportunities for other cool current Nashville bands like Forget Cassettes, Glossary, the Privates, the Golden Sounds and How I Became The Bomb (among others).


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