Posted by MajorLB
Anyone who follows me on Twitter probaby noticed that I attended a Kings of Leon concert Monday night and promised a more lengthy review.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but I also really like their music. If you don't like their albums then you probably won't like the concert (not always true for me). They only play their music. I was actually surprised out how well all of their music blended into a coherent sound, because listening album to album chronologically there is definitely a progression of sound. They played 75% of their new album and then every single or popular song from previous albums including all the songs that have videos on their website. Including this one which I have to share because I think it would have been awesome to make. Also check out all the videos to see that the lead singer has never had a good haircut.
So, if you're a fan of the band you weren't hearing anything you don't know or covers of other bands. Which I can go either way on. On one hand I obviously like their music and want enjoy the songs I can dance and singalong to, but I also kinda like hearing unfamiliar stuff. My concert going companion also pointed out that there wasn't much deviation from the studio tracks. I think the intros were usually longer and they pulled some solos and instrumental sections a bit here and there. I think there was more of that in the latter parts. Maybe because Jacob, the lead singer, admitted his voice was a little wrecked, but he definitely pushed it and you couldn't notice until later in the concert.
They were also all business. No witty banter or joke attempts. They did tell us they were Kings of Leon three different times and thanked us profusely for attending and God blessed us. They felt very genuine in their appreciation for being able to make a living playing music. I also liked that their lighting was effective and mood setting with out distracting or becoming a focal point. I still could have done with a little less of the lights that looks like a stadium with cameras flashing about.
Takeaway 1: If you like any of the albums and get the chance, go see them in concert.
Takeaway 2: People suck at clapping along to a beat.
P.S. Shoutout to We Are Scientists who had some catchy tunes and were pretty funny after the first failed attempt at humor.