Kings of Leon at Milton Keynes Bowl, UK – 22nd June 2014

Posted by Bianca on Sunday Jun 22, 2014 Under Rock

Gig Review and Photography by Jeremy Carron

Kings of Leon

Nashville rock band Kings Of Leon are back! Performing on a sunny Sunday at the Milton Keynes Bowl, packed with a sea of approximately 65,000 fans, you could sense that this would definitely be a night to remember! With ‘Mechanical Bull’ being the band’s sixth studio album, following an already impressive string of hits, Kings Of Leon are no strangers to putting on a good show.

Kings of Leon

Having been supported by The Last Internationale, Twin Atlantic and HAIM throughout the evening, the crowd were ready and raring to rock by the time Kings Of Leon took to the stage, screaming and cheering as the boys walked on. Kicking things off with ‘Supersoaker’, the crowd were instantly submerged in the summertime atmosphere, followed by the first classic of the night ‘Taper Jean Girl’. A change of pace was welcomed by the crowd when lead singer Caleb switched to an acoustic guitar for ‘Fans’, however things picked up again as KOL worked their way through the hits, including old time favourite ‘Red Morning Light’.

Kings of Leon

The show consisted of a good mixture of hits, both old and new. With so many to choose from Caleb did go on to say that the one song the crowd really want, they probably wouldn’t play, but they would do their best to get the other hits in.

‘Closer’ was a personal highlight, with the high tones from Jared’s bass coupled with the sight of lead guitarist Matthew playing with his teeth, made for both a great sounding and visually spectacular performance. ‘Milk’ also made an appearance on the setlist after what Caleb mentioned was a frequently requested song, including having been requested by none other than support act HAIM.

Kings of Leon

Following their performances of greats such as ‘The Bucket’, ‘Temple’ and the electrifying ‘McFearless’ , the band took a bit of a breather and slowed down the pace for ‘Pyro’, where the crowd took part in an immense sing-along. Sing-alongs were abundant throughout the show with so many fan favourites being played. The fans enjoyed every opportunity they had to sing-along, which was clear to see, especially during the chorus of ‘Radioactive’.

Kings of Leon

During the show Caleb thanked the supports that had performed earlier, going on to say that it had been one of his favourite shows in a long time and how he couldn’t believe how many people had come to see them. When Caleb said they didn’t know they still had this many fans, the crowd’s response told Kings Of Leon otherwise, as they cheered and screamed!

Kings of Leon

Caleb assured they would play some more rock and roll before belting out upbeat performances of ‘Don’t Matter’, ‘Molly’s Chambers’ and ‘Four Kicks’, which kept the fans moving throughout and generated a tremendous atmosphere. Before ‘Cold Desert’, Caleb asked everyone to take out their phones or lighters and wave them in the air for their next song, which produced an amazing sight as the Sun set on the Milton Keynes Bowl.

Kings of Leon

The atmosphere reached new heights as the whole crowd sang along to ‘Use Somebody’. It was clear to see that everyone had enjoyed themselves as the main set came to a close. Returning for an encore of riff laden ‘Crawl’, ‘Black Thumbnail’ and crowd favourite ‘Sex on Fire’, Kings Of Leon ended their show with style, with sing-alongs, lasers and sparks flowing from the top of the stage for good measure. The band waved farewell to everyone as Caleb thanked everyone once more.

Kings of Leon

With a great selection of songs performed, Caleb’s distinctive southern voice and the wonderful sound the Followill family make when put together, it was good to see Kings Of Leon on form performing a brilliant show.

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Setlist:
Supersoaker
Taper Jean Girl
Fans
Family Tree
My Party
Razz
Red Morning Light
Closer
The Immortals
Back Down South
Milk
The Bucket
Temple
McFearless
Knocked Up
Pyro
Tonight
Radioactive
Don’t Matter
Molly’s Chambers
Four Kicks
Cold Desert
Beautiful War
Use Somebody

Encore:
Crawl
Black Thumbnail
Sex on Fire

One Response to “Kings of Leon at Milton Keynes Bowl, UK – 22nd June 2014”

  1. Andy Says:

    Hope there is a dvd ! Great gig Great weather
    Save the Bowl

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