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Kings of Leon – Hyde Park, London 2011

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9.0 10 Excellent

 

The Kings of Leon took to the stage tonight to play the first of their two sold-out nights in London’s Hyde Park. It was feared earlier in the day that the event would be a total washout as torrential rain poured down on the capital throughout the afternoon. However, as if by magic the rain ceased, the sun shone brightly, and for long enough for everyone’s favourite Nashville rockers to deliver an electrifying performance to a frenzied sea of 65,000 hyperactive & drunken revellers.

The set opened with the stage screens playing out footage from the band’s forthcoming documentary, Talihina Sky, where the audience were treated to two and half golden minutes of the Followill family drinking, smoking, puking, fighting and the drummer skimming pebbles on the surface of a flat river wearing little more than a pair of navy blue short shorts!

From the opening bars of Four Kicks, the Kings of Leon never took their foot off the gas and tore through hit after hit with material spanning all four of their studio albums. Highlights from their first two albums included Molly’s Chamber, California Waiting, Pistol of Fire & The Bucket. But it was the newer songs that really got the crowd stomping in the mud – the anthemic On Call had everyone singing along, and the ever popular crowd pleasers Use Somebody and Sex on Fire had revelers punching the air and thrashing around in rabid fashion.

At one point Caleb addressed the crowd and asked if they ‘were having a good time?’-  before announcing that the next song, McFearless, was dedicated to their close friend, Jackass Star, Ryan Dunn who died tragically earlier in the week.

The night ended on a high with the band playing Black Thumbnail and Caleb telling the audience they were ‘the best fans in the world.’ And as they left the stage fireworks erupted into the stormy evening sky bringing a close to a memorable evening.

 

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