Kings of Leon, Madison Square Garden, January 29, 2009
By Stephen Lorenzo
What do you get when you mix three brothers and a cousin from Tennessee? Music to your ears.
America has finally woken up and has begun to accept Kings of Leon into their celebrity. The group, composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew, has become a smash-hit band overseas and have toured in areas stretching from London to New Zealand. However, they are only now gaining American fame outside of their home state of Tennessee.
Four long years after I had heard “The Bucket” for the first time, two friends and I were lucky enough to experience Kings of Leon’s recent sellout of Madison Square Garden in New York City. Their new album, “Only By Night,” has skyrocketed them to stardom with three 2009 Grammy nominations, and one victory for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals for their hit single, “Sex on Fire.”
Their performance, nothing short of exhilarating, was perhaps surpassed by the modesty of lead singer Caleb Followill. “We just want to say that this is one of the proudest moments of our lives,” Followill said to the crowd. “We’re truly honored tonight.”
MSG’s crowd responded quite well to the rock group’s vibrations. The opening song, “Crawl,” was met with a sea of cheers. Their biggest hig, Sex on Fire, was almost overtaken by the crowd, who clearly knew every word. “Use Somebody” was likewise a fan favorite, as those in attendance provided background vocals.
Kings of Leon has continued to wow with their success. Be sure to look into their upcoming tour, as two dates have recently been added to Raleigh and Charlotte on April 28th and 30th respectively. I can only hope that your experience will echo my own.
In 2005, my ears felt the sweet tingle of “The Bucket” for the first time, complete with Caleb Followill’s odd but intriguing voice. Within that week, I purchased Kings of Leon’s second album, “Aha Shake Heartbreak.” After countless efforts to find a venue where they were playing, I was consistently disappointed. The group composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew had become a smash hit band overseas and their tours were swamped with shows from London to New Zealand, but very few in the continental U.S.