Rock­ing New Year’s

Southern rock­ers Kings of Leon talk about New Year’s fes­tiv­i­ties and what’s com­ing up in 2016

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kings of Leon talk about what's com­ing up in 2016

The Kings of Leon took it easy this year af­ter fin­ish­ing up their in­ter­na­tional tour for their 2013 al­bum “Me­chan­i­cal Bull,” but the Grammy-win­ning fam­ily rock group is ready to start 2016 with a bang, lit­er­ally.

They are head­lin­ing the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions in down­town Nashville, Ten­nessee, where they’ve made their home for 15 years. The fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude a gi­ant mu­si­cal note drop­ping at the stroke of mid­night, fire­works and per­for­mances by Grammy-nom­i­nated coun­try singer Chris Sta­ple­ton, Kelsea Bal­lerini, Sugar & The HiLows, The Whigs, Wild Cub and LANco.

Singer Caleb Fol­low­ill and drum­mer Nathan Fol­low­ill talked to The As­so­ci­ated Press about drink­ing on New Year’s Eve, res­o­lu­tions and work­ing on a new al­bum for 2016. The an­swers have been edited for brevity and clar­ity.

Caleb: We enjoy this part of the process. Ob­vi­ously there’s a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stress­ful at times, but we’re all in a good place and we’re hav­ing fun with it and we’re all ex­cited to do some­thing new. P: Are you go­ing to split the record­ing be­tween Nashville and Los An­ge­les?

Caleb: We might just try to get a lit­tle change of scenery. Our first two albums we recorded in L.A., so we’re go­ing to try to go back and see if it in­spires us. If it doesn’t, we al­ways have a stu­dio at home, so we can al­ways come back. P: What’s your ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on New Year’s Eve? Caleb: We’ve done it be­fore where you’re play­ing for some­one and at times it feels like you’re just back­ground mu­sic, or the house band. The set­ting is al­ways nice, but it just doesn’t feel right. That’s why we wanted to do this. We wanted to play a show where we could go up there and peo­ple are go­ing to be there for a good time and not walk­ing around eat­ing sushi. all re­al­ists and not all 150,000 peo­ple or how many peo­ple are there are like die-hard Kings of Leon fans. You gotta play songs that ev­ery­one will know, throw a cover or two in there so that they know that as well. But then we have to keep it fun for us as well. That’s the three parts to the show. P: So when do you get to cel­e­brate the New Year? Caleb: So I de­cided I am not go­ing to have a drink un­til next year. So I am pa­tiently wait­ing. So we’ll do our set and they will have the big fire­works and then we’ll come back and do an­other half hour or so. And that last half hour, we’ll prob­a­bly be a lit­tle fuzzy cause as soon as we do the count­down, I am start­ing to drink. P: What are your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions? Nathan: To not eat my feel­ings and to lose some weight. 2016 is go­ing to be fun with the new record and all that. I am sure some of us are prob­a­bly go­ing to grow our fam­i­lies. Some of us will not. 2016 is go­ing to be a good year, I got a feel­ing.

Caleb: I am just look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing what we are do­ing a lit­tle more, not get­ting over­whelmed by the mo­ments that are over­whelm­ing and just kinda enjoy it. And try to be a bet­ter me.

AP PHOTO

In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, from left, Matthew Fol­low­ill, Jared Fol­low­ill, Nathan Fol­low­ill and Caleb Fol­low­ill of the band Kings of Leon pose for pho­tog­ra­phers upon ar­rival at the 2013 MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards, in Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands. The Kings of Leon took it easy this year af­ter fin­ish­ing up their in­ter­na­tional tour for their 2013 al­bum Me­chan­i­cal Bull, but the Grammy-win­ning fam­ily rock group is ready to start 2016 with a bang, lit­er­ally. They are head­lin­ing the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions in down­town Nashville, Tenn., where they’ve made their home for 15 years.

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