Concert Review: Kings of Leon at First Direct Arena, Leeds Yorkshire News

Kings of León at First Direct Arena, Leeds.  Image: Scott Antcliffe
Kings of León at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Image: Scott Antcliffe

On Tuesday night, US rockers Kings of Leon graced the stage at the First Direct Arena in Leeds for their highly anticipated When You See Yourself tour, which is named after their eighth album, released in 2021.

The Nashville natives took to the stage with their usual nonchalance and quickly opened proceedings with the aforementioned When You See Yourself, a smooth, laid-back track that evokes a feeling of meaningful contemplation.

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Other songs from the latest album included Time in Disguise, Echoing and The Bandit, a catchy rhythmic number with great enthusiasm and poise.

Kings of León at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Image: Scott Antcliffe

Longtime fans may remember the iconic long hair and mustaches from the Youth and Young Manhood album, but the band, in addition to changing their appearance, also tweaked their style slightly. The most vulnerable ballads include Supermarket, Golden Restless Age and Claire and Eddie, a song with deeply moving lyrics about climate change.

The eclectic audience was treated to a 20+ song ensemble featuring several from her new album as well as hits from her previous seven albums.

Aha Shake Heartbreak tracks offer a nostalgic walk down memory lane with artists like Taper Jean Girl, The Bucket, Milk and Slow Night, So Long proving as popular as ever with revelers belting out the classics of the 2000.

It’s been nearly 15 years since Kings of Leon had their meteoric rise to fame with 2008’s Only By The Night, the band’s fourth but most acclaimed album to date, with mega-hits Use Somebody, Sex On Fire and Closer. The band still has the same energy and omnipresence, albeit a bit stripped down, laid back and raw.

Frontman Caleb Followill urged fans to their feet as he sang a rousing rendition of On Call. The nearly full crowd gladly agreed, allowing Caleb to showcase his powerful, bourbon-infused voice and reaffirm why they’ve won a pair of Grammys and Brit Awards.

Old favorites Knocked Up, Manhattan and Pyro were well received.

An incredibly strong finale to the main set featured Arizona, the timeless Grammy Award-winning Milk, Fans and Use Somebody rousing fans from their seats and encouraging them to sing and dance in unison once more.

Enthusiastic applause signaled an encore with the rockers playing another three songs. The first is a raw, stripped-down version of Back Down South, a true testament to the Followills’ songwriting prowess. This was followed by the crowd-pleasing classic The Bucket before the roof was actually blown off the First Direct Arena with Sex on Fire.

The performance was elegant and polished, with great lighting, which is hardly surprising in a band that has been at the top of their game for two decades.

Although fans had been waiting after several reshuffled shows in recent years, I’m sure everyone will agree that it was worth the wait. Everyone had a very pleasant evening.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-15 20:30:17

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