Kings of Leon 9/10/10

Published on February 10th, 2011

Charlotte, N.C.

Friday night at the Verizon Wireless amphitheater and the Whigs are opening up for the Black Keys and The Kings of Leon. The show started out well and there was a big turnout at the amphitheater. Waiting anxiously, the masses were excited to see the Black Keys and hear their favorites from Kings of Leon. The Whigs played a 30 minute set which really got the crowd going, ready for some good n’ gritty distorted guitar.

The Black Keys started their set with “Thick Freakness” which everyone from the lawn to the seats roared in approval. The lights and stage were pretty simple, but they could definitely play. The stage was set with an iron fist in the background and the drummer belted out the back beat that gave it a true rock and roll feel. From “Thick Freakness” they moved on to “I’ll be your Man,” “Strange Times,” and “Next Girl.” Following those songs they played my all time favorite “Tighten Up.” The show remained rocking and the set had the crowd at an all time high.
The break in between the set was not long at all and as soon as the Kings of Leon came on, a small billow of dark red velvet smoke encompassed the stage and the crowd went wild once again. The band opened with “Crawl” followed by “Molly’s Chambers” and went straight to “My Party,” a favorite that the whole crowd knew. The stage was decorated in a wall of vintage light bulbs that glowed red. They left a glow that only classic tube amps could produce, warm and mellow. With strobe lights flashing, the crowd went wild when they began to play “Sex on Fire” and everyone joined to sing along. The concert was an epic revival of new age rock ‘n roll. The crowd demanded an encore and Kings of Leon delivered with “Use Somebody,” and “Black Thumbnail” which left the crowd wanting more. Kings of Leon is a definite must see for 2010.

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