Kings of Leon Concert Review

Bearded men.

Did that interest you? Well then, imagine bearded men serenading you with music that will take you on an emotional roller coaster. There is a name for that and it’s the band, Kings of Leon. On January 16th, the guys from Kings of Leon came to Toronto and performed at the Air Canada Centre for their seventh and newest album, “WALLS”.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of tickets and experience their magic first hand.

Aside from the fact that all the members are easy on the eyes, they’re genuinely talented musicians. I think it is hard to differentiate the talented artists/musicians from the phonies because of all the auto tune and audio/visual enhancements used today to distract the listener. But not Kings of Leon. They sound exactly the same live as they do over the radio, which is such a rare treat. The stage and graphic images were simple, not taking any attention away from their music.  The band’s chemistry on stage was effortless (as it should be when the band is composed of 3 brothers and a cousin) and it was obvious to the audience they were doing what they enjoy most.

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“WALLS” redeemed Kings of Leon from their previous album “Mechanical Bull” which was a disappointment to their fans. I speak for the fans when I say we were worried that the set list for the tour would be solely focused on “WALLS” as the past set lists were focused around the latest album that was out. “WALLS” offers lively songs, but long time fans craved songs from “Only By The Night” and “Come Around Sundown” especially the hit single that put them on the map “Sex on Fire” which has not been played for years, only on the rare encore performances. To my surprise, they played all the hits that captured the heart of their fans and made the stadium roar.

Being a student, I usually would not spend more than $50-$75 on concert tickets, but I couldn’t give up the opportunity to see Kings of Leon. I paid $90 for level 100 seats and it was worth every penny. Although being able to stand front and centre to watch the band perform would have been amazing, the sound quality of the Air Canada Centre was crisp and clear. The band seemed to be more interactive with the floor crowd by throwing water bottles, guitar picks and drum sticks. I wish they had a stronger throwing arm so one of those things could come in my direction but breathing the same air as them was more than I could ask for.

The boys from Kings of Leon put on one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Check back next week for my next review on Louis C.K., who will be doing a comedy act at the Air Canada Centre. I have tickets and its going to be interesting as it will be his first time doing a tour in big name stadiums.

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Kings of Leon performing “Wild” while the audience lights up the stadium
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