Last Night: Kings Of Leon At The Woodlands

Kings of Leon Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 22, 2010


It took us long enough, or it took them long enough, but Aftermath has had our last cup of Kings of Leon haterade. We found them tepid at Verizon in 2008 and standoffish at Toyota Center last year (a show we didn't review and left before it was over), but Wednesday's 90-minute set at the Woodlands left no doubt in our minds that they deserved to be there.

It's hard to say what changed our minds exactly, though. The Kings' music is still brooding and sullen, most of all on big singles like opener "Crawl," "Notion" and "On Call." But if they were Luke Perry in 90210 before, they're Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront now. Whether they were feeding off the wildly enthusiastic crowd or simply that much better, the band had twice the intensity of either of their two previous Houston visits.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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