Touring in support of their 2016 record Walls, the four-piece played 15 songs to a crowd that was much more energetic than these shows can often be. Clearly it was a room full of pretty die-hard fans, as they sang along throughout the entire set. Cuts like “Reverend” and “Over” were some of the better received tracks from the new album. The band is made up of three brothers and a cousin, and their on-stage chemistry is very evident.
It was my fifth time seeing Kings of Leon, but I’d never been anywhere near this close. The iHeartRadio Theater is an intimate space that often is able to book big-name acts like this, and the sound and production is always of a high level. This show was being produced for television (details below) as opposed to just for a live stream, so it had an even more elevated feel. The crowd cheered their old favorites like “Closer,” “Pyro,” “Use Somebody,” and the set-closing “Sex on Fire,” but also enjoyed the newer songs as well. There was a lot of fist-pumping in the crowd, and the sing-along during “Sex on Fire” was pretty awesome to witness.
The show was a killer way to kick a case of the Mondays and not a bad way to help wrap up what was a debilitating first month of 2017.
You can catch Kings of Leon’s performance at the iHeartRadio Theater on Friday, February 17 on the AUDIENCE network at 9 PM Pacific Time. A 30-minute radio broadcast will be shared the same day on iHeartRadio alternative stations. View the full setlist below!
Photos courtesy of Wes and Alex for iHeartRadio