Kings Of Leon Ride Their Mechanical Bull At iTunes
REVIEW: Rockers play four new songs off their upcoming sixth studio album...
Two nights after Arctic Monkeys stormed the Kings Of Leon's turn to bring their barn-load of rock anthems to the Bastilleand Jimmy Eat World (their first album came out in '94) really adds to the excitement in the air.
Jimmy showcase their recently-released eighth LP Damages and end with their most-loved song The Middle. But before they play it, frontman Jim Adkins insists everyone turns to a person in the crowd and gives them a high five. They're a great warm-up for the main event which, like every night at iTunes, begins bang on 9pm.
Look: Anyone who's caught KoL live this summer will recognise the stage setup, with KoL playing ifront of several square light panels.
Being this close to a major festivals and massive arenas band is such a rare sight, so between songs we spot bassist Jared Followill puffing on his electronic cigarette while his older brother Caleb and cousin Matthew drink from red college cups.
Tunes: Alongside their greatest hits, the Nashville heroes perform Supersoaker, Don't Matter, Family Tree and Wait for Me from what should be a brilliant Mechanical Bull.
First single Supersoaker is strong enough to feature on their setlist forever, the heavy Don't Matter is awesome and reminiscent of their fantastic first few albums, Family Tree has an irresistably catchy chorus and Wait for Me is slower but that classic Kings of Leon sound.
Summary: Like when they headlinined V Festival last month, this was a five-star performance from an amazing rock band who've returned to top form.
But in tonight's crowd, unfortunately the competition winners – many who naively think set closer Sex on Fire was their first single – outnumbered the real fans.
Ben Lowe @mtvuknews
Kings of Leon setlist:
Back Down South
Wait for Me
Sex on Fire
Picture © iTunes Festival