So, we were pretty bummed when we learned that the New York's Governors Ball Music Festival was rained out yesterday. We reported back in January that Kings of Leon would headline the concert and they recently announced that they would let the world in on a few album secrets during the set.
But not even rain and a (possible) hurricane could keep the Tennessee rockers from staying true to their word.
The band told Billboard late yesterday that Mechanical Bull, the group's sixth studio album (and its first since 2010's Come Around Sundown), is slated for a September 24th release on RCA Records.
The first single from the album is reportedly titled "Super Soaker" and will see the light of day in mid-July. (Cue the bad joke about last night's rained out show.)
"I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds."
He added, "It's like a mix of Youth & Young Manhood and Because Of The Times"—referencing their stripped-down 2003 debut and slick 2007 megahit.
Kings of Leon is back in action after a slew of mishaps including an onstage meltdown by frontman Jared Followill in 2011, the subsequent cancellation of their tour due to "vocal issues and exhaustion" and scathing tweets by Jared alluding to the not-so-great state of the band. In Feb of 2012, he wrote:
"There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed... I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."
Here's hoping the domestic life has been good to the troubled rockers...and good to their music.