After Two Cancelled Shows, Kings of Leon Come Back to SPAC
Hot off of the release of their newest album, "Walls," Kings of Leon are coming to SPAC this Wednesday, July 26th, with special guests Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. A band that I saw live once in 2010, they perform an profound live set, paralleling their hybrid sound of vintage, radio, and southern rock. A band that started out initially with a club punk sound induced with southern grit, Kings of Leon have streamlined their way to a more refined mainstream success and rock sound that appeases multiple demographics.
Since 2010, when I got to catch them live while living out in Utah, it's been a string of heartbreaks on my journey to see them live again. In 2011, I bought tickets to see them again for a second time, now at SPAC (of course, as their 2010 show was so great), but unfortunately they cancelled. It was reported at the time by the Times Union that vocalist Caleb Followill was experiencing exhaustion and vocal issues. However, it turned out bigger issues were brewing within the band, and it wasn't just a show that got cancelled, but the tour.
After a few years, I bought tickets yet again to see one of my favorite bands live at SPAC, this time on tour with Young the Giant and Kongos opening. What happened? Drummer Nathan Followill got injured, causing the band to cancel a few shows, INCLUDING SPAC. While it was reported a few towns effected by the cancellations, such as Cleveland.com , I actually had a best friend who texted me shortly before the concert, as I was preparing to go. Her friend was working on the tour and travelling with the crew, and spilled the news that the show wouldn't go on.
Needless to say, after one initial AMAZING live show, and two cancelled shows, and some rock and roll heartbreak, I am beyond blooking forward to seeing the band live at SPAC this Wednesday! You can catch me in the crowd, rocking for Q103, and screaming along to the lyrics. Looking forward to seeing you all there too!