Friday, January 30, 2009

Kings of Leon & The Whigs @ MSG - 1/29/09

Last night I took the short walk up to Madison Square Garden to see Kings of Leon and The Whigs perform. The first time I actually saw Kings of Leon was about five years ago at MSG....... except it was at the much smaller theater in an opening slot for The Strokes. I remember not knowing a lot of their material at the time but I was really impressed with their show and made sure to pick up some of their stuff when I got home. Kind of amazing to think five years later they'd be headlining the sold out Garden.

I got to the show during The Whigs' set because I wanted to catch a few of their songs. I'd say the Garden was maybe a tenth full but those that were there were respectful and enthusiastic, applauding after each song and definitely giving the band some love. I thought they sounded really good and was pretty impressed that they could hold their own on the Garden stage. I'm sure their show at the Bowery Ballroom in a few weeks will be great.

As for the Kings, they were really, really good. I've seen them in a variety of venues over the last few years and I wasn't sure if they were going to pull off MSG, but they absolutely did. I was really impressed by the crowd too, they were into the show right from the first notes and you could tell people were familiar with a lot of the material (old & new). I loved "Aha Shake Heartbreak", "Slow Night, So Long", "Manhattan" and the "Cold Desert"/"Trani" combo to finish off the first set. Here's the complete setlist, a good mix of material.

Aha Shake Heartbreak
My Party
Molly's Chambers
Four Kicks
Wasted Time
Sex on Fire
Slow Night, So Long
The Bucket
On Call
Use Somebody
Cold Desert


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Walking out, it seemed like the general sentiment was that people really enjoyed the show. I give Kings of Leon credit, they totally delivered and at the same time came across as a humble and appreciative group of guys. Extremely well done.

1 comment:

Styla73 said...

If I get anything remotely like this setlist in March I will be a very happy girl!