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Kings Of Leon Sell Out Philips Arena

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LAST CONCERT IN ATLANTA 2008: Kings of Leon rock The Tabernacle (w/We Are Scientists, The Whigs)(

Nashville alternative rockers Kings of Leon jumped from selling out the Tabernacle in November, 2008, to selling out in advance cavernous Philips Arena Friday night. White Lies opened the show.


From Wiki: Kings of Leon is an American rock band, that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999, consisting of brothers Anthony “Caleb” Followill (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan “Nathan” Followill (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael “Jared” Followill (bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron “Matthew” Followill (lead guitar, backing vocals). Each member of the family group is known by their second name as opposed to their first name.

The band’s early music was an upbeat blend of southern rock and garage rock influences but the band has gradually expanded their sound to include a variety of genres.

Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles and also winning two brit awards in 2008. and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart, with Because of the Times reaching number one. After the release of Only by the Night in 2008 they finally achieved chart success in their native United States. The singles “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody” and “Notion” peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks, while the album itself was their first ever platinum-selling album in the US. 


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October 12th, 2009
8:48 am

The show was great. Not gonna lie, I do miss seeing them in smaller venues, but I’m thrilled that these guys are finally getting some recognition in this country. They are spot-on live and they deserve every ounce of success they can get.


October 12th, 2009
10:48 am

I had not seen them at a smaller venue but can tell you they were just awesome. Sounded great and put on a great show. I was on the floor right on the stage and they sounded amazing. Would love to catch them at smaller venue but where ever they play when they are here in Atlanta, I will be there.

I only wished they played more songs, but they did play over 90 minutes…..just wanted to hear every song! They get a solid 10!!!


October 12th, 2009
11:53 am

This was the third time I’ve seen the band this year. The crowd was great and the Kings were in great form. I was at the Tabernacle in 08 and that show was great too. I don’t think these guys can put on a bad show.

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sam breeding

October 12th, 2009
12:12 pm

Iam 60 and have been to a lot of concerts,and this band is one of the best Ive ever heard.

Sarah Ferg

October 12th, 2009
1:21 pm

By far the best concert I’ve been to. It blew John Mayer and Dave Matthews out of the water! I’m going again to Birmingham at the BJCC to see them this Thursday. Since that concert I’m a hardcore fan.


October 12th, 2009
2:07 pm

I’ve seen these guys multiple times and you cannot beat the intimate concert setting at the Earl, Variety or the Roxy.


October 12th, 2009
3:48 pm

The band sounded fine, however, seeing them at Phillips must be like what a Jonas Brother’s concert is like. The crowd was terrible, shrieking, taking pictures of themselves during the show.

Love you KoL, but never again at Phillips.

Nacho Followill

October 12th, 2009
3:53 pm

Couldn’t agree more with matt_t, it’s unfortunate that their concerts have become the “it” thing to do for the time being…we’ll see if the high schoolers and UGA frat boys are still there in a year or two. That being said, great band, can’t wait to see them again…in a club or theatre.


October 12th, 2009
3:59 pm

They are a good rock and roll band, have been since they started. I miss their 2004 sound, the songs are a little too soft now…bring back the Red Morning Light….ok show, it is just missing either the rock or the roll.


October 12th, 2009
4:37 pm

KOL is a great band, but the concert at Phillips was a disappointment. The band was plagued by sound problems, so much so that the lead singer even commented that it was making him mad. The staging was good, but the venue was too impersonal and large. These are not arena rockers. This is a band that would be better at the Fox, the Tabernacle, or even the Civic Center.


October 12th, 2009
4:59 pm

This concert was great! In my top 2 of all time. Saw the band in Charlotte earlier in the year. They were on the cover of the Rolling Stone that month and they barely filled half the colliseum. I was disappointed for them. Better to have some of the “frat boys and high schoolers” there to fill the place up than to have that disappointment. Nacho, Phillips Arena is the arm pit of music venues around here. I was disappointed that this was the venue chosen. I hope you (did I see you on crutches?) and the band come back and play Verizon Amphitheatre or Lakewood. I will definitely see KOL again when they come to town. But I hope it won’t be at Philips Arena.


October 12th, 2009
5:08 pm

i have seen the kings twice before.last time i saw them was in the tabernacle.the concert at philips was phenonminal i thought.the sound was immense and the crowd was going wild all night and not just for a couple songs it seemed like folks really knew some of the other songs.i would have to pick the tabernacle 08 show just because of the more intimate setting and they played more songs but the show was kick ass and id go again to see them!


October 12th, 2009
5:18 pm

My friend Katie and I went to see this concert at Philips Arena. I am in high school here in Atlanta and I have been a fan of theirs since early 2008. I knew all the words to their songs, and it was the best concert I have ever been to. They have an amazing stage presence, and I hope that they choose to come back to Atlanta very soon. I can’t even describe how great it was to see this band, after listening to their music for more than a year. The White Lies were also incredible. Both the White Lies and the Kings of Leon sound much better live than they do on their CDs, and that is very rare. This band is honestly one of the best to come around in a very long time.


October 12th, 2009
6:03 pm

First time seeing KOL live, but have been to well over 100 live shows, including the U2 Joshua Tree tour. I was a fan of the latest album, but was totally blown away by the band’s performance and the sound reproduction. Certainly among the best live shows I’ve experienced, and likely one of the top 2 or 3 based on the surprise factor; the crowd was on its feet the entire evening, and most people knew the lyrics to the songs performed from the first 3 albums. The band is tight, and I had no idea they’d be as good as they were. Caleb has mastered art of leaving the audience wanting more. After 4 encores, and with the drone of guitar feedback in the background, he grabbed a Heineken, took a slug and left with everyone still on their feet, cheering, hoping for one more song. Agree that the Tabernacle is the best venue to see a show in the ATL, and sorry I missed the show last year. I saw Muse and U2 earlier this week at the GA Dome, and Philips seemed like the Roxy by comparison (I’d really like to see Muse headline a mid-sized venue in the ATL, as they too are relatively underappreciated by US audiences).

KOL is on the brink of becomming THE next big rock band. Rock is cool again thanks to KOL, but the downside is we won’t likely be seeing them play small halls in cities like the ATL again in the near future. Hopefully we won’t have to journey to the GA Dome to see them anytime soon…talk about bad sound.


October 12th, 2009
6:20 pm

My 2nd rock concert-1st one Coldplay- Lakewood – I am 54 and went with my 22 year old son. They were much better in person than on CD. I thought that the sound was good in Philips. I am now a big fan of theirs. Couldn’t imagine a better concert!

Jackie and Yohanna

October 12th, 2009
8:31 pm

We saw them at the Tabernacle,it was great.Phipps wasn’t as good,we couldn’t get close enough to throw our panties and room key to the band.Some of the roadies did get them though,so we partied with them! It was great!!!

Post-Punk Revival

October 13th, 2009
2:02 am

It is so unfortunate that this band is being rewarded generously for their latest album “Only By The Night”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the boys are making some money. They definitely deserve it, but for their previous three albums. “Aha Shake Heartbreak” deserves to be on top 20 lists for albums of the decade. And this band was more than popular enough in the UK and Europe to make a killing in the first place. Now, they are sadly just another band that has chosen to sell their musical soul for fame, fortune, and recognition from the ignorant American masses.


October 13th, 2009
9:46 am

Best concert ever…best time ever…thanks LMP!

Genevieve J.

October 13th, 2009
11:06 pm

I AGREE with Nacho (you are gorgeous btw)…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE EVERYTHING about the Kings of Leon: good and bad. Seeing them at the Philips Arena was my first KOL concert, so I was totally excited, counted down the days, arrived an hour early, bought a T-Shirt, and was thrilled to hear them perform. However, that said, I had to endure people talking during the entire concert (both bands), the couple next to me needed to get a room, the 6 frat boys 2 rows ahead of me were on my last nerve before anything even started, and the cheerleaders directly in front of me were more busy wavying their arms in the air and singing to one another, and then later grinding with the frat boys that I was so annoyed with their disrespect that it interfered with my enjoyment of the performances! I felt more like I was at a Frat party and the “Kings” just happen to be playing. Yet, I am torn because I want KOL to earn the big bucks for the hard work they put into their concerts. Kids (a euphemism) have no idea the hard work, lack of sleep, discomfort, commitment, sacrifice, and emotional involvement that makes KOL concerts so awesome!! It is a lot to ask, but I would love for them to play the Arena in 2010 and let all the “kids” spend their money to the benefit of KOL, but then have them perform at the Tabernacle in 2010 for us serious fans!! I was hoping for a personal, emotional, memorable connection with my all time favorite band (add Jack White, but realized an arena isn’t the venue for that kind of experience. As for the performance, I have watched almost every video I can find about them…even the home videos…and I sensed they were all very tired, esp. Jared?? (I rarely saw him on the video screens), but Caleb was on the top of his game and so thankful and courteous (although I only heard about 5 words he said…every time he would open his mouth, the cheerleaders screamed so loudly I couldn’t hear him). However, KOL rocked the house, despite being tired!! I can’t say I wouldn’t go to see them at Philips again, because seeing them is better than not. However, I would have to spend a fortune and be the first person standing at the foot of center stage. I hope my words are helpful and encouraging; The Kings of Leon, do have many “more mature” fans who love and appreciate them as people, performers, and as a band!! I’m looking forward to the exciting news reports due out after the they finish their 2009 touring. I’m praying that the BEST is yet to come for the KINGS OF LEON!!! Be Blessed!!


October 14th, 2009
3:43 am

I saw them open for Pearl Jam in Columbia last summer and then play the Tabernacle last fall. It’s crazy they played Philips Arena. And to the person who knocked Philips Arena I saw Pearl Jam there in 2000 and enjoyed it as a music venue. Most arenas suck but Philips is one of the best in my opinion.

When Kings of Leon stop being the cool thing in a couple of months I’ll be back to see them play the Tabernacle or even the Gwinnett Center.


October 14th, 2009
1:07 pm

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October 15th, 2009
11:20 pm

Ive seen them 6 times and 5 of them were awesome but Phillips Arena sucked they are sell outs and they only played like an hour and a half what happend to the 3 hour shows. I dont think I can bring myself to see them anymore. my bad my bad


October 15th, 2009
11:26 pm

you guys let us real fans down. jeff tweedy is the only real non-sellout left.


October 15th, 2009
11:26 pm

even nacho sold out he was wearin gold watches and such


October 16th, 2009
8:42 am

nice shot of the hot jail bait

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October 18th, 2009
4:13 am

poo flinging n@gg3rs. I h0p3 th3y d13!

Genevieve J.

October 18th, 2009
5:43 pm

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: To all you haters out there…there is a difference between selling out and evolving as a band!! If you were paying close attention you would notice this is an awesomely talented band maturing into one of the best bands on the planet!! They are following their hearts as individuals and as a band!!! Who can fault them for that? If they are your favorite band, than why would you begrudge them success?? Don’t make negative assumptions unless you can back them up with fact. You don’t even know if Nacho’s watch was a cheap knock-off or a top-of-the-line ROLEX!!! I hope it was an expensive ROLEX created just for him!!!

I buy all their songs, videos, and spend $100 bucks to see them LIVE, because I want them to hit it big and reap the reward of paying their dues playing smoky, crap joints for less than I spend on a pair of shoes!! That is what TRUE FANS do; they support their rock idols and want the best for them whatever that may be!

So if you choose to wear KOL diapers your whole life, fine; but don’t slam them for wearing JOCK STRAPS!!!

Oh and while I’m being a “B” on behalf of the KINGS OF LEON….If you haven’t noticed, these Tennessee boys are not only “rock and roll bad boys with Altar boy hearts,” they are also well read and well spoken…aka…educated and intelligent! So, if you are going to slam them, at least use complete words and sentences so they can understand wtf you are saying!!!

I’m done!!! Have a nice day!! From a loyal fan with an Angel’s heart! :o )


October 18th, 2009
8:23 pm

Their first appearance in Atlanta was at Smith’s Olde Bar. Unbelievable in that small venue