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Kings of Leon
Venue: The Moore Theatre
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Last Night: Kings of Leon at the Moore Theatre

Where do they go from here?

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Kings of Leon
Venue: The Moore Theatre
Date: May 2, 2007
Would Meatface Approve? Yes. He was pittied into the sold-out show.
And the Hipsters? Of course. But, they spent the whole day bitchin' about the band, "went home early to listen to Neil Young's Live at Massey Hall 1971" and caught the show.

It's all downhill from here.

Opening night of the headlining tour behind your third, and best album: sold out, gracious crowd, and every song nailed to the rafters. It's not going to get better for the Kings of Leon.

The highlights of the evening were the new songs off Because of the Times, from the show-opener "Black Thumbnail" to the crowd-pleasing "On Call," which had the ganja-smoking, fist-pumping audience singing along. The surprises were in the enhanced musicianship, and fresh arrangements of staples, like "Spiral Staircase," from their debut, Youth and Young Manhood.

Matthew Followill, the cigarette-smoking cousin of the Followill brothers was particularly impressive on lead guitar. In the early days, when Matthew was still a teenager, he held down lead playing quaff-able, yet cliche riffs. But tonight he was self-confident, tasteful, and impressive in his mini-solos and moments of improv.

Nathan has to be the only drummer that can chew gum, lay down a backbeat, drink beer, smoke cigarettes, and sweat at the same time. He appears to be enjoying his obvious role as the foundation of the band.

Jared, the Abercrombie model of the quartet, is the quiet one, with shaggy hair that's mere peach fuzz compared to Nathan and Caleb. Ah, yes, Caleb. The up-front brother has transitioned from lead vocalist to bona fide frontman.

Sure, they've got a tin of arena rock tucked in the back pocket of their elf-tight jeans, and a commanding grip on the stage and audience that can hold every row. But, we've seen KOL in an arena (recently w/Dylan), and although it may be inevitable that KOL will one day top its own bill at the moth-balled arena, the best times are going to be at friendly, rowdy, and stank rooms like the Moore.

Reporter's Notebook

Personal Bias: My lady asked be before the show if we'd see any panties on stage. "My panties," I replied.
First time I saw the band: Lollapalooza 2003, on the side stage, to about 50 people.
Last time I saw the band: SXSW 2007, before the Stooges (I skipped Iggy, though.)
Best time I saw the band: The Moore Theatre, May 2, 2007

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