Kings of Leon Review

Review of the Kings of Leon concert

I pride myself on the myriad of concerts I’ve been to. Although they never get boring or mundane, after being to so many it is hard for a concert to stand out as something extra special for me. Kings of Leon was a wonderful exception.

After stuffing my face with a subpar burger I bought from one of the stands (my breakfast, lunch and dinner of the day), my friend and I rushed down to the floor at the Palace of Auburn Hills and waited there, excited and anxious.

The opening band was horrible. I had never witnessed a band actually booed during their performance… until then.

The moment Kings of Leon stepped on stage, the disappointment of the previous band disappeared. The crowd instantly reacted to their presence, unlike the previous band. Most bands these days do not sound quite the same live as they do on their albums.  It’s a sad fact I’ve had to accept. Kings of Leon was dead on, if not even better live.

Caleb Followill, the lead singer, especially surprised me. His vocals are unlike any other singer I have heard, and I was worried he wouldn’t succeed in sounding just as great live. Boy was I wrong.

Not only did they sound amazing, but also they were so warm and connected with the crowd.  I have seen far too many bands that look miserable and bored performing. Not these guys. They were dancing, cracking jokes and two of the members actually took shots in between songs.

The two or so hours that KOL performed flew by far too quickly. Although my legs killed and I was very thirsty, I didn’t want the show to end.

There hasn’t been any solid word on when their next album will be out (it is expected some time next year), but the band is releasing a live DVD in early November of a show they did in London over the summer.  I can’t wait to watch it, but I’m sure it won’t even compare to how great of a show this was to see live.

GCM photo courtesy of Wikipedia, Corentin LAMY