Kings of Leon Set London Ablaze
British fans embrace brand new songs with open arms at Carling Academy Brixton.
Forget that the new Kings of Leon single, “Sex on Fire,” was released just two days ago.The sold-out crowd at the Carling Academy Brixton sang along like it was an old favorite. They opened the set with “Crawl” — which SPIN.com premiered — from their yet to be released record, Only By the Night (out Sept. 23 in the U.S.), and then moved through familiar numbers like “Black Thumbnail,” “Taper Jean Girl,” and “California Waiting.”For aficionados of any of the band’s three- (soon to be four-) record canon, the set list was ample in oldies, with a tantalizing tease of the new stuff.
By the looks of the audience, not only do Kings of Leon fans love the band’s music, but many are also dedicated followers of Followill fashion: Many a taper jeaned boy and girl packed the 5,000-capacity South London theater.
And while Tennessee may be the Kings’ home, they continue to be some of England’s favorite sons, a sentiment felt deeply last night when they played “Fans,” their ode to English audiences from Because of the Times, leading one to believe it’s not just the sex that sets the Brits on fire when it comes to Kings of Leon.
Check out pictures from last night on page 2.