Kings Of Leon at the 229 Club
As far as surprises go, this was a pretty great one.
Whilst sat in the office, checking the usual sites for upcoming shows, I noticed this small unobtrusive piece of text announcing a surprise Kings Of Leon gig.
And then the fire alarm went off.
I thought about it for a while, how manic the ticket scramble might be and decided it was worth a shot, jumping on the bus in my lunch break to check it out.
On arrival, it might well be the most organised queuing system I’ve ever been part of – well, except Pearl Jam’s European legs, but they’re something else entirely. For the 229 show, you joined one queue for the florescent pink wristband, and one to purchase your ticket. All very civilised, and strangers chatted excitedly as the queue edged forward.
Within an hour, I was one of 620 lucky people heading to the gig later that evening.
The return of the Kings
It’s great being back home… it’s good to be here, back home with friends. – Caleb Followill
To celebrate the release of their seventh studio album Walls this month Kings Of Leon announced a special last minute show at the 229 venue on Great Portland Street. Even Jimmy Page was there.
On stage just after 8pm, the quartet – made up of brother’s Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew – opened their set with The Bucket, off 2004’s Aha Shake Heartbreak and from then on, the crowd was electric.
The band sound tight, Caleb’s southern drawl faultless, as they take us on a journey through their back catalogue, including Molly’s Chambers, On Call, Taper Jean Girl and Milk, plus new singles Waste A Moment, Find Me, Reverend and Around The World, leaving it to the crowd to sing the majority of closing track Sex On Fire. It was a set packed full of classic hits and crowd favourites which kept everyone dancing and singing along. The band were in high spirits too and even played crowd request, Arizona in the encore.
The show marks the Followill brothers’ glorious return to the UK, the place where they first found fame back in 2003, and who, based on tonight’s crowd reaction have well and truly returned to form.
This is the most fun I’ve had playing a show in many years – Caleb Followill
As far as tiny gigs go, this one was pretty special.
Kings Of Leon tour dates
Didn’t make the 229 show? The Walls tour is heading to arenas around the UK next year and tickets are available via Seatwave.
- First Direct Arena, Leeds (19)
- Genting Arena, Birmingham (20)
- Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne (24)
- Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool (25)
- The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (27)