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Saturday, October 23, 2004
UEA LCR, Norwich
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Arriving on stage accompanied by the Strains of pomp-rock classic Love Hurts at Norwich's UEA tonight it was clear that Kings of Leon had only one intention.
The Nashville Band was out to rock the LCR. And they succeeded. Clad in a sweater that could have best be described as sensible, Caleb Followill cut an unassuming figure for the front man of one of the hottest bands around.
But from the moment he opened his mouth allowing his distinctive southern drawl to be heard he had the audience in the palm of his hands.
By the time they reached the end of their second number, Red Morning Light, the sell-out crowd was panting “Leon, Leon” in a style more usually heard on the football terraces, accompanied by a smathering of appreciative drink throwing.
What followed was a romp through most of the band critically acclaimed debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, plus some new material.
Hearing the songs live gave them an added dimension.
The highlights of the set included a frenzied romp through the single Mollys Chambers – complete with screaming guitar solo and California Waiting.
As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.