Live Footage: Royal Blood Performs “Lights Out” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

Comprised of Worthing, UK-born, West Sussex, UK-based Mike Kerr (vocals, bass) and Rustington, UK-born, West Sussex, UK-based Ben Thatcher, the British rock duo Royal Blood can trace their origins to when Kerr and Thatcher met when the duo were briefly members of the local rock quartet Flavour Country, in which Kerr played keys and keytar; however, the band can trace their official origins to sabbatical that Kerr had spent in Australia, where had started Royal Blood with Matt Swan (drums). And as the story goes, when Kerr returned to England, Thatcher had picked him up from the airport and they quickly decided to start a band together. Initially, the duo had a difficult time landing gigs and according to Kerr, they played a lot of open-mic nights with acoustic singer/songwriters. But after further developing their sound at Brighton Electric Studios, the band was signed to Warner/Chappell Music, and as a result of sharing the same management company as blogosphere darling act Arctic Monkeys, the duo began to receive a steady amount of buzz before the release of their first official single.

Kerr and Thatcher’s sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark? was released earlier this summer and the album debuted at Number 1 on the UK charts. Since its release, the album has garnered over 30 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music and has sold over 250,000 copies, while receiving praise from the likes of USA TodayRolling StoneNME, Entertainment Weekly, and Forbes. And adding to a growing international profile, the band played the main stage at last week’s Outside Lands Festival, and will be opening for Queens of the Stone Age for a series of dates in the fall. (Check out those dates, as well as the band’s headlining Stateside dates below.)

But before I forget, album single “Lights Out,” recently reached Number 1 on the Rock Radio charts, as the Number 1 Gainer, marking the second time the band has reached Number 1, and as soon as you hear the song you’ll see why it’s been dominating the charts, as it further cements the band’s growing reputation for crafting blistering and swaggering power chord-based arena rock.

Earlier this week, Kerr and Thatcher were on The Late Late Show with James Corden and they performed a blisteringly loud rendition of “Lights Out.”

Tour Dates
16th Aug – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
1st Sep – BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC
3rd Sep – Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
6th Sep – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY*
7th Sep – Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA*
9th Sep – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON*
10th Sep – 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI*
12th Sep – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion, Columbus, OH*
13th Sep – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
15th Sep – Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH*
6th Oct – ACL, Austin, TX
9th Oct – The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT*
10th Oct – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO*
12th Oct – Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO*
13th Oct – Crossroads KC, Kansas City, MO*
14th Oct – Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN*
15th Oct – Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI*
17th Oct – Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI*
18th Oct – Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN*
20th Oct – The Anthem, Washington, DC
21st Oct – Agganis Arena, Boston, MA*
22nd Oct – State Theatre, Portland, ME*
24th Oct – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY*
* Supporting Queens of the Stone Age