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Kings of Leon ditch LONDON (Reuters) - Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon have left the "party vibe" behind with their latest album "Come Around Sundown," and they put the change of pace down to getting older and pining for home.

Their fifth studio album, released last month, topped the charts in Britain where the band has long been a fixture at the summit of the album listings, and hit number two in the key U.S. market -- their highest position so far, according to Billboard. "There isn't as much of a party vibe as far as fast songs (go)," lead singer Anthony Caleb Followill told Reuters in a recent interview to discuss the record.

Like his two brothers and cousin who make up the rest of the foursome, he is known simply by his middle name Caleb.

"There's only a couple up-tempo numbers. I think that has a lot to do with not just where we are as people but the fact that we recorded in New York.

"We were pretty melancholy and a little homesick. So every time we picked up an instrument it would be, at times, it would be a little slower. A little drawn back. But we had those moments," he said.

Brother Nathan added: "I think the party moments on this record are more honky-tonk, drinking out of a jug of whisky party. Like (album tracks) 'Mary' or 'Back Down South' or 'Mi Amigo'..."

He also pointed out that the band, signed on the RCA label belonging to Sony Music Entertainment, had not turned their back on the rock'n'roll lifestyle completely.

"You're still partying," said Nathan. "It's not 'doof doof' on E, tripping your balls off..."

The multiple Grammy award-winning band listened to singer-songwriters like Kris Kristofferson, staying true to their country roots from the U.S. south, but also to more modern music like electronic band LCD Soundsystem.

"The best concert I've been to in years was LCD Soundsystem this year at Bonnaroo (festival in Tennessee)," said Caleb.

"I was in the crowd and no one knew it. It was the best. It made me want to party. Still, the lyrics were so emotional and beautiful and it was great. I tried to have an element of that in there."

Some Kings fans have criticized the band for moving away from the more raw, garage sounds of earlier albums, and Caleb believes it will return to that style some day.

"What we are doing now is a lot more complicated than what we were doing back then," he said.

"A lot of fans love what we did earlier on and I think we would all be happier to do that again and it would be easier for us to do that, but right now we're kind of focused on this thing that we're doing.

[Kings Of Leon have added a second live date at London's Hyde Park to their touring schedule for 2011. The band had previously announced a show on June 22, as part of their summer 2011 tour of the UK and Ireland tour, but will also play on June 23.]

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 13:17
 
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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Stone Temple Pilots have postponed 12 dates on their tour in the wake of singer Scott Weiland's rambling speech onstage during the trek's Houston stop.

The group has taken a "short break" beginning with the show scheduled for Tuesday in El Paso, according to its announcement, and will return to the road on October 8 in Tampa.

The band did not give a specific reason for the break, but Weiland's outburst on Sunday may have contributed.

According to the Houston Press, STP took the stage about one hour after opener Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's set, after which Weiland offered slurred tangents about his in-ear monitors, past drug use and thoughts on grunge music.

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