Kings Of Leon, BRMC / Sept. 19, 2007 / New York (Radio City Music Hall)
Looking and sounding more suited to be playing a beer-smelling dive bar rather than New York's esteemed Radio City Music Hall, Southern rockers Kings Of Leon and greasy bad boys Black Rebel MotorcycleLooking and sounding more suited to be playing a beer-smelling dive bar rather than New York's esteemed Radio City Music Hall, Southern rockers Kings Of Leon and greasy bad boys Black Rebel Motorcycle Club nonetheless rocked the enthusiastic, sold-out crowd there on Sept. 19.
BRMC helped establish the tone for the evening, delivering a loud and raucous, guitar-fueled set. The group rolled through a number of songs from its fourth album, "Baby 81," such as the straightforward rocker "Berlin," the dark, crunchy "Weapon of Choice," the accelerated "Need Some Air" and "All You Do Is Talk," which evinced a strong Jesus & Mary Chain resemblance.
The band also hit quieter, more country-inspired numbers from 2005's "Howl" including "Restless Sinner" and the piano-driven "Promise."
By the time Kings Of Leon took the stage, the crowd was good and hyped up on adrenaline, liquor or both and welcomed the Nashville boys with whoops and hollers as they began with the gritty "Four Kicks."
The Followill family band, composed of three brothers and their cousin, played a satisfying mix from throughout its catalog, particularly "The Bucket," "Molly's Chambers" and the driving, rootsy crowd-favorite "California Waiting."
The songs from the new "Because of the Times" sounded more expansive in the venue, particularly the slow-building songs "Arizona," the dark and dirty "Charmer" and the seven-minute "Knocked Up."
Although he rarely addressed the fans, at one point frontman Caleb Followill noted this was the boys' favorite show they've played in New York City. Ya'll come back now, ya hear?