Larger throne befits royal Kings of Leon

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2013 - 2:34 PM

The Tennessee rockers backed up their fast rise to a Target Center gig from theaters and clubs with a solid performance.

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highrev1Sep. 29, 09 4:32 AM

Thanks for taking me Bev ;)

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min2monSep. 29, 09 8:17 AM

Once you've seen a Charmer, you never go back. "She stole my karma, OH NO!..."

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solaceSep. 29, 09 8:27 AM

i'll admit i've never been the biggest KoL fan (they're fine, if not a big generic), but since it's mentioned in your review and for posterity sake, their first Twin Cities show was actually in May of 2003 at the 7th Street Entry opening up for The Coral (whom i mainly went to see): http://www.thetripwire.com/news/2003/03/27/the-coral-to-take-road-drag-along-kings-of-leon/ and their Fine Line show was in March of 2005 http://www.thetripwire.com/news/2005/01/18/kings-of-leon-prep-for-winter-trek/

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lheckenlSep. 29, 09 8:42 AM

Half way through the show when he announced that he was at the Vikes game on Sunday and that it was the best game he's ever seen!!!

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BryanP1Sep. 29, 09 8:45 AM

Not a fan

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ChrisVSep. 29, 09 9:41 AM

I sat in reserved seats across from the stage, and I generally don't like the acoustics at Target Center, but everything sounded great last night. I agree... Caleb's voice sounded just fine, with no hints of whatever illnesses he was fighting. A very good set, and they packed a LOT of songs in their set.

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min2monSep. 29, 0910:02 AM

I can understand if you arent a fan of their recent songs that are overplayed on all the major radio stations. Have you listened to any of their older stuff? Their first 3 albums are A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER, in my opinion. Give it a try. They wanted to make it big, so they had to upset their base(myself included) in order to get new fans and sell more records, period.

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cjvirnigSep. 29, 0910:24 AM

Kings of Leon is one of the more overrated bands out there. It's a mystery to me how a mediocre band like this can fill a large arena. In fact, Kings of Leon are one of 3 bands that prove once again that people end up loving whatever gets force fed to them on Top 100 radio. The other two groups being The Killers and Fall Out Boy. In rock, the best bands are absolutely the ones you've never heard of. Unfortunately, only a few of the most commercially viable get the whole support of their record label in the form of MILLIONS of dollars being paid to radio stations (mostly owned by Clear Channel) who then put these bands into their regular rotation. In movie terms, a band like Kings of Leon is like a summer blockbuster. Transformers or GI Joe. There music is plain and uninspiring in every respect. If you want to stop eating out the hands of the music executives who literally buy your allegiance, open your eyes to other, better bands that actually have artistic merit. You can start by reading reviews at buddyhead.com. That's a no b.s. website that rails against crappy corporate rock like K of L and is a champion for real music.

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AssassinAveSep. 29, 0910:57 AM

The problem with your argument is...your argument. The way you and I judge bands is basically by how not popular they are. "Nobody's heard of Wavvves, so I'm gonna listen to them". Then when everyone has we're like "they sold out, I'm never seeing them again". Now Wavvves isn't terribly great. Okay at best, same with Arcade Fire, Ted Leo, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective and every and all person ever to make music. Why? Cause nobody cares about your opinion. I'm moderately elitist, but am also a Kings of Leon fan. During their first three records they couldn't pay people in America to come to their concerts. Now that young girls are swooning its all nonsense? If you look at the history of ratings their records have gotten, you'll see they've always tracked above The Killers and Fall Out Boy as well. Usually that is an appreciation of the music by the reviewers. And what you probably fail to understand the most, but still understand a little, is basically it takes one song and word of mouth. One song drove Modest Mouse into the mainstream. One song (and a further album) drove Bon Iver to become indie darling of 2007/08. Next you're gonna say Phoenix sucks because they purposely write pop music.

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kokostinkySep. 29, 0911:02 AM

Support local rock! This Friday at O'Gara's. 10W40, Rhinestone Diplomats, Mark Stary, Fountainheads. That's a lot of cool music for a few bucks to get in. 9pm show time.

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