Concert Review

Kings of Leon; New Royalty at Madison Square Garden:

Madison Square garden was electric on Thursday night. The Whigs opened the show, playing some of their hits as people continued to filter into the arena. They had a good set but their sound was not quite big enough for such a large stage. Hearing some of their hits, “Like a Vibration,” and “Mission Control,” would have been great in The Bowery Ballroom, but their sound seemed a little lost in the Garden.

Every once in a while you get to see a show where the atmosphere just seems so energized and everyone listening is dancing and cheering at the top of their lungs. This was one of those shows. From their first song, the bass driven Crawl, till the closing fan favorite, charmer, the Kings of Leon owned New York City. The connection between the band and the crowd was simply amazing, it seemed like both were equally as excited and happy to be there.

Seeing a band play such a large arena for the first time, and they deserve it, is something great to see. At one point lead singer, Caleb Followill, stated to the crowd, “This is the most exciting moment of my life.” The crowd erupted and you felt like you were part of something special. Every song seemed like they were playing it just for you and rocking as hard as they could.

Their set was a good mix of new and old songs, and despite their new success with songs like “Sex on Fire” and “Charmer,” was not afraid to slow it down, and did it often. They took songs like “Trani” and really slowed it down and gave it a heavy rock ballad kind of groove.

Even though this was their first trip to Madison Square Garden I can see this being a permanent addition to their future tours. People came from all over the country to see this show, and the fan base seems active and excited to see this band play live. This could be on my top five concerts I’ve ever seen. The Kings of Leon played well, but the excitement of the fans, and the energy of the entire arena is what really did it for me. For one night the Kings of Leon were definitely the Kings of New York City.