Kings of Leon
Sun. May 10
North Charleston Coliseum
Sun dresses are not very rock ‘n’ roll. Neither are visors and polos. The same goes for any band that announces to the crowd they’re really going to rock it out tonight because the boys in the band have the next day off … then deliver a tepid 45-minute set before stepping off the stage and returning for an encore.
That’s the stunt rock heartthrobs Kings of Leon pulled on Sunday night at the Coliseum. (The crowd was responsible for the beach and yacht wear. That shit may fly at a club gig by a frat-friendly, trustafarian band, but not a full blown, ear-ringing, light-blinding arena rock show. Rock just called, and it says that you’re not invited to the next show.)
That’s not to say the Kings of Leon didn’t deliver the goods, musically at least. In fact, whether the song was “My Party” or “Black Thumbnail,” the band sounded just like they do on record. Even better, the band showed audiences why “Charmer,” an annoying ditty punctuated by repeated girly screams at the end of each line, made it on to the Kings’ third full-length disc, Because of the Times; live, that sucker is hoot, a highlight of the evening in fact.
Other highlights included the spacey “On Call” and the seven-minute-plus “Knocked Up.” But while the Followill clan knows how to deliver the sonic goods, they really need to work on some stage presence. This ain’t the grunge era, fellas. You’re not a club band. You’re playing arenas now. Move around a bit. Interact with each other and the crowd. Entertain. Your previous tour mates U2 and Pearl Jam know how it’s done. Go watch a video or something.