[image-1]This morning, RCA Records announced a large-scale “arena tour” for the not-so-underground rockers Kings of Leon — the first set of US tour dates to follow the band’s sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden in January. The Kings kick off the upcoming dates in April at the Agganis Arena in Boston. A Charleston date is solid: Sun. May 10 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The band first made a splash with the release of a five-song EP titled Holy Roller Novocaine in early 2003. Since the release of their late-2003 debut album, Youth and Young Manhood (RCA), lead singer/guitarist Caleb Followill, drummer Nathan Followill, bassist Jared Followill, and lead guitarist Matthew Followill have climbed the ladder from the depths of the indie-rock underground to the top of the alternative charts at an astonishing rate.

The last time the Kings played in Charleston was in 2005 at the Music Farm in support of the album Aha Shake Heartbreak (RCA). They return behind their latest release Only By The Night (RCA), featuring the singles “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody.”

Tickets go on sale Fri. Feb. 13 via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (843) 554-6060, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

(photo by Jo MacCaughey)