Nashville rockers Kings of Leon return to the Tampa Bay area next week

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And the foursome deserves all the attention they've been getting -- not only does their music inspire sing-alongs and much hip-shaking, it connects on a personal level, as if the songs were written just for you. The band's songwriting ranges from sweet balladry full of loss and regret, like "Revelry" off their fourth album, 2008's Only by the Night, to straightforward, full-blown rock anthems like "Black Thumbnail" from their 2007 third album, Because of the Times. Missing the band's local stop would be like missing your calling -- you are meant to be there. It is your destiny.

If you're still dubious about whether or not this band is for you, I've provided a few essential tracks for you to check out below. All are sure to push you in the right direction -- that, of course, being front row and center on September 18.

1) "California Waiting" and "Molly's Chambers" from their debut, Youth and Young Manhood.

2) "King Of The Rodeo," "The Bucket" and "Four Kicks" off of album number two, 2004's Aha Shake Heartbreak.

3) All 13 tracks off Because Of The Times are all worth mentioning. For starters, "Charmer," "Black Thumbnail" and "Knocked Up" are go-to songs from this release.

4) Kings of Leon scored three No. 1 hits off Only By The Night; its unparalleled success sky-rocketed them to the top. Apart from the aforementioned hits, songs like "Revelry," other noteworthy tracks off the multi-platinum album include "Closer" and "Crawl."

Kings of Leon

w/The Black Keys and The Whigs, Sat., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, $49-$71.

On Saturday, September 18, Kings of Leon will make their fourth appearance in the Tampa Bay area at the 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre (formerly known as Ford Amp). Over the years, they've shared the stage with just about every artist you could imagine — U2, Bob Dylan, Bjork, Metallica, The Offspring, and M.I.A., among many others. This tour around, they're bringing along The Black Keys and The Whigs to provide support.

Since their formation in 1999 by brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill along with cousin Matthew Followill, Kings of Leon have enjoyed nothing short of a meteoric rise to fame. The band's success in the UK has been consistent from the start — their 2003 debut peaked at No. 3 on the UK charts and all albums that followed have charted the same or higher — and while it took longer for folks here in the states to catch on, the Followill clan eventually attracted a U.S. audience with their rock n' roll sexiness, good boy charm and mass exposure on every stage, festival, magazine cover, and late night television show around the world. 

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