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Kings Of Leon have come a long way since the first time I saw them in 2000, when they first toured with The Strokes. Poised to take over arenas everywhere, their star was always rising, but now, it seems to be soaring. Earlier this month, the band went so far as to appease their most rabid fans by unveiling home movies, posted each day on the band’s website, until their album was released on September 23rd. Kings Of Leon have topped the charts this week (September 28) with their single “Sex On Fire” and fourth album, Only By The Night.

This week the band took New York City by storm, with two high-profile television appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. And let’s not forget their sold-out, celebratory Webster Hall show. It seems Kings of Leon have entered a new phase of their career.

The whole of their Webster Hall set had a decidedly private feel. It was like watching your favorite band in your own living room. New York City is clearly a second home for the Tennessee natives, and celebrities were out in force to support the band Tuesday night, including Drew Barrymore, Danny Masterson and Gossip Girl actors Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

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The boys took the stage at 9:15, opening with “Crawl,” followed by top UK single “Sex on Fire.”  Just before the band launched into “Aha Shake,” lead singer Caleb Followill greeted the audience with: “We’re Kings Of Leon and we’re here celebrating our album release, we hope you’re having a good time.”

Before playing one of my favorite KOL songs, “Milk,” from Aha Shake Heartbreak, Followill drank a beer and said “Cheers everyone,” and proceeded to throw his cup to the screaming fans. Before sliding into “On Call,” he took a moment to mention the fans, saying, “You guys are a great representation of New York; we are so happy to be here.” During this crowd pleaser tune, it was almost impossible to hear the band since the entire room that was singing along to every word.

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The band continued on and into the night, playing older goodies from their catalog such as “Molly’s Chambers,” “Fans,” “The Bucket,” and “Taper Jean Girl,” as well as new material from Only By The Night.
Towards the end of the evening, lead singer Caleb introduced “Closer,” (one of my favorite tracks off the new album), saying simply, “We’d like to play you guys a new song we’ve never played before.”

Nacho, one of the band’s cousins and longtime roadie, came on stage and played keyboards on this haunting new tune. The band then surprised fans by launching into a 4-song encore which included favorites “Knocked Up” and “Charmer,” from 2007′s Because Of The Times. At the end of the show, 2500 + people left satisfied and sonically blessed.

Deservedly so, Kings of Leon have been nominated for two Q Awards this year, “Best
Live Band” and “Best Act,” which sets the bar for them in 2009. It will surely be a good year for the
Tennessee-based quartet. All hail the Kings!

Set list:

CRAWL
SEX ON FIRE
MY PARTY
RAZZ
MOLLY
TAPER JEAN GIRL
AHA SHAKE
FANS
ARIZONA
MILK
NOTION
BUCKET
ON CALL
CLOSER
MCFEARLESS

USE SOMEBODY
KNOCKED UP
MANHATTAN
CHARMER
SLOW NIGHT, SO LONG

Make sure to catch KOL hit the road on October 11th with We Are Scientists, The Whigs and The Stills, kicking off the jaunt in Las Vegas. They will also appear on Jay Leno October 14th.

Tour dates:
October (w/We Are Scientists and The Stills)
11 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
12 San Diego, CA House of Blues
15 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
17 and 18 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
20 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
21 Portland, OR Schnitzer Hall
23 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
25 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
26 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Events Center
28 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
29 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
31 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom

November (w/We Are Scientists and The Whigs)
1 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
3 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
5 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom
7 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
10 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
12 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
13 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Ballroom
16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Ballroom
18 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
19 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Au

–Aishah Roberts/photos by Aishah Roberts

 
  1. thanks so much for the setlist, i’m going!!!!!

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