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Sunday 26 March 2017

Grieving rockers will dedicate Slane show to their uncle

KINGS of Leon are expected to dedicate today's sellout concert in Slane to their dead uncle.

The band, which is made up of three brothers and one cousin, lost their uncle Cleo yesterday afternoon.

Band member Jared Followill tweeted of their loss yesterday, saying he was an "absolute mess" after hearing the news of his death.

"My tears could fill the Mississippi river right now," he said.

The US rockers were flown by helicopter to do a sound check ahead of today's show, which marks the 30th anniversary of Slane Castle as a music venue.

"Chopper ride to Slane. I'm nervous," bass player Jared Followill wrote on social-networking site Twitter yesterday.

"Sound checking at a castle will be a first," he added.

The American stars were later flown back to their hotel in Dublin.

The final touches were put to the stage at the historic castle yesterday. Among the work was a revamp of the castle's basement nightclub.

It is widely expected that the band will play a tribute to their heroes Thin Lizzy -- who headlined the first festival 30 years ago -- during their set.

Up to 80,000 people are expected to descend on the Co Meath village for the gig.

Elbow, Thin Lizzy, Mona, White Lies and The Whigs are the support acts.

Irish Independent

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