|Kings of Leon: Modern-day rock gods at the Nottingham Ice Arena|
Kings of Leon have been gracing the airwaves for five years now and are no strangers to touring. Their fourth album release, Only by the Night, has kept them firmly in place as one of the best rock acts of the decade. Once again, they managed to pack out the Ice Arena with ease and the atmosphere inside was one of excitement and anticipation.
Having spent their youth travelling and their careers touring it’s quite surprising how shy they come across on stage. The talking was left solely to Caleb, the lead singer, who kept it to a minimum with a few words of thanks between some of the later songs. The lack of interaction did not seem to put off the crowd too much and there was much bouncing in the standing area as well as some swaying in the aisles.
They played with a confident ease and an energy that showed their love of playing live - they were tight and professional without being perfunctory. Opening with Closer and Crawl, from their latest album, was a less than fiery start to the set showing they weren’t there to whip anyone into a frenzy straight away. With old favourites Molly’s Chambers, The Bucket and On Call in the set, having four albums to select from gave them a well rounded set of blues and rock.
The fans got their monies worth with a set that lasted almost two hours, including a four track encore. Kings of Leon can carry off playing arenas with ease and are worth checking out live, if only for Caleb’s vocals. It is a shame that they don’t play smaller venues though as unfortunately, something is definitely lost in the atmosphere at the Ice Arena.
Kings of Leon played at the Ice Arena on Tuesday 2 December 2008.
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