Kings of Leon extend tour, add New England shows

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Kings of Leon have announced plans to continue touring through the summer in support of their latest album, Mechanical Bull. The new set of dates includes a return visit to Massachusetts, as well as stops in Connecticut and New Hampshire. After rocking the TD Garden earlier this year, Boston area fans will be able to catch the band again when they perform at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Saturday, August 9. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $29.50 to $69.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation. They’ll be joined by special guests Young The Giant and Kongos.

Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon’s sixth studio effort and follow-up to 2010′s Come Around Sundown debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 after its release last September. The band recorded the album at their own studio in Nashville with longtime collaborator Angelo Petraglia. It features singles “Supersoaker”, “Wait for Me” and “Temple” (streaming below).

“We wanted to write songs that are like a little two and a half minute punch in the face,” said drummer Nathan Followill of the eleven tunes on Mechanical Bull, which clocks in at 42 minutes. “We wanted to make a record that as soon as it’s over, people want to play it again. I call this one our unofficial greatest hits, because it has a couple songs that will appeal to fans of every Kings of Leon album: If you’re a Youth & Young Manhood fan, you’re gonna love ‘Family Tree,’ because it’s funky and dirty and nasty. If you’re into A-ha Shake Heartbreak, you’re gonna love ‘Supersoaker.’

Prior to the show in Massachusetts, Kings of Leon will hit Connecticut for a performance at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford on August 7. A few weeks later, they’ll return to New England for a performance at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford, New Hampshire on August 26.

Young The Giant are touring in support of their new album, Mind over Matter. Released earlier this year, the band’s sophomore release follows their 2010 self-titled debut album. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Tegan and Sara, Paramore), it features singles “It’s About Time” and “Crystallized”.

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