I would love to see some statistics on this because I believe Kings of Leon has drawn what will prove to be the largest crowd of the weekend. There had to be at least 75,000 people watching this performance. Viewers were backed up all the way to the famous Bonnaroo arch that acts the entrance to Centeroo. There wasn’t a spot worth standing in front of the stage so I headed back to the press tent to at least find a comfortable spot to listen.
I heard three songs and they are as follows: “Where is My Mind,” a Pixies cover that sounded very close to its original form, “Sex On Fire,” and my favorite Kings’ song “Notion.”
I left after this set of songs because I knew it wasn’t going get any better for me. I heard the band cover my favorite Pixies track, play the song that made the Followill foursome world famous, and my favorite song in their catalogue. I had heard all I needed to hear.
Here’s the skinny: Caleb Followill has the best voice in rock music right now. The man has a set of pipes on him unlike anyone else in the business. A far as bands go, Kings of Leon is not King of the hill just yet, but its singer is atop the heap.
Also, save for a breakup, Kings of Leon will remain one the biggest arena rock bands in the world for a long time. They are right up there with Bruce and the gang and U2. This band’s sound is huge and everybody loves them. Hipsters like the Kings because the band’s early stuff, like “Joe’s Head,” and “Taper Jean Girl,” is raw, it rocks out, and they still play those songs live. And collegiate Joe Bros and their girlfriends love Kings of Leon because “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody” are hits being played all over the radio waves. Don’t be hating hipster elite. Admit it, those songs are great.
This is Southern Rock done right.