Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kings Of Leon Reign Supreme In Brisbane

Justin Chan /
The Kings of Leon onstage in Brisbane 

By Nancy Hsu
Youth Journalism International
BRISBANE, Australia – It takes a rock band like the Kings of Leon to bring together a middle-aged couple wildly grooving and young fans singing religiously alongside them, knowing nearly every word by heart.
On the second city stop of their Australian tour to promote their newest work, Come Around Sundown, the Kings of Leon did not disappoint their fans last night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland.
Opening with “Radioactive,” the first single on Come Around Sundown, the Kings followed up with a range of their current songs as well as their classics like “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody.”

Justin Chan /
The Kings of Leon onstage in Brisbane
In an effort to move closer to the front of the mosh pit, the worshipful crowd continued to push forward in a failed attempt to be close enough to the Kings to catch one of the numerous guitar pics thrown into the crowd during the show -- or at least close enough to catch a drop of their priceless sweat.
A passionate older woman, sick of the pushing in, turned and thrust the offenders behind her a good three meters, then, unphased, turned her attention back to the band and continued enthusiastically head banging.

Lauranne Tham /
The Brisbane crowd at the Kings of Leon show
This is one of the many reasons why you are now beginning to regret not having had tickets to the Kings’ Brisbane show.
Justin Chan /
Kings of Leon lead and rhythm guitarist
Caleb Followill onstage in Brisbane
Basking in the group’s talented musicianship, I admit I rather enjoyed lead and rhythm guitarist Caleb Followill’s semi-pelvic thrust and semi-gallop whenever he became truly immersed in the music.
This band of brothers displayed true passion on stage, something that undoubtedly will be evident on the rest of their Australian tour. 
The Kings perform next on Friday in Adelaide, then play in Melbourne next week for three nights before finishing Saturday in Perth.

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