There are few finer performers within the wondrous world of music than Mick Jagger. Even in his later years, he stays some of the energetic figures in rock ‘n’ roll and has extra power than individuals half his age. Taking part in music to him is a frightening expertise, as Kings of Leon found first-hand.
Jagger was an early adopter of the Followill household, and he has been waxing lyrical about them for nearly twenty years. When Kings of Leon first began to achieve traction, within the UK, following the discharge of their debut album, Youth & Younger Manhood, the Rolling Stones frontman was there to help the younger upstarts, they usually felt the nerves.
Though the band had been but to catch fireplace within the States till they went business with their fourth album, Solely By The Night time — it was a unique story on the opposite aspect of the Atlantic. Within the UK, audiences instantly took them to their hearts.
After first enjoying on the world-famous Brixton Academy in London in 2003, Kings of Leon would return to the venue for one more three dates the next yr. Regardless that he missed out on their first present on the venue, Jagger made positive to be there for his or her subsequent look.
In 2021, Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill reminisced about that live performance and admitted he discovered Jagger’s presence “very distracting” whereas concurrently being “surreal”. He defined to the BBC: “It was very distracting as a result of we had been enjoying the present and there have been just a few empty seats up prime; after which earlier than you understand it, it’s Mick sitting there and banging his arms on the balcony and dancing.
“We had been all one another like, ‘Holy c***, that is very surreal.’ I began shaking my hips a bit of extra. Yep, I positively did some dancing that I hadn’t accomplished earlier than.”
Regardless of the band being distracted, Jagger wasn’t delay being a KoL fan, and in a 2010 interview with Absolute Radio, he heaped praised the success of Kings of Leon, which he put all the way down to their killer enviornment present.
He commented: “The Kings Of Leon firstly, they didn’t actually do this efficiently, however everybody has to do it in the long run as a result of in any other case, it turns into form of embarrassing, being in a room if you’re probably not connecting.
“However now they play arenas they usually’re actually good they usually’re rather more forthcoming. They nonetheless have their shy moments, however they appear to have reduce down.”
Jagger’s feedback about Kings of Leon changing into “rather more forthcoming” over time counsel that he wasn’t extremely impressed with their stage presence at Brixton Academy. Nonetheless, it’s comprehensible why they’d turn out to be a nervous wreck in entrance of such an esteemed viewers member.