Kings of Leon: 17th June 2011

US rock megastars Kings of Leon wowed Wearside as they pulled out all the stops at the Stadium of Light.

Kings of Leon nearly took the roof off the Stadium of Light as they wowed a 55,000-plus crowd on Wearside.

The foursome, who formed in Nashville in the US state of Tennessee back in 1999, played an extensive set laden with plenty of their anthemic stadium-rock classics.

Kicking things off after impressive cameos from support bands Mona and White Lies, the Kings immediately put pedal to metal and didn't let up, leaving the crowd with little time to catch their breath in the early stages.

It was a completely different vibe to the four nights played by Take That as perfectly crafted pop was swapped for edgy rock.

Frontman Caleb Followill's cutting vocals were set off perfectly by crunching guitar riffs and a booming backline provided by drummer Nathan and bassist Jared.

A boisterous crowd lapped up the hits, including breakthrough single 'Molly's Chambers', the resonating 'On Call' and of course 'Sex on Fire', which brought the house down when the opening bars struck up as the last song of the night.

The Kings covered much of their five-album career with a comprehensive set list, which included a fair smattering of material from their latest long-player, Come Around Sundown.

The sight of thousands of pairs of arms in the air during the long and winding 'Knocked Up' was certainly an impressive one and was a fine way to help round off another successful concert season at the Stadium of Light.

The home of the Black Cats is certainly building an enviable reputation as one of the best concert venues around and the night laid on by the US rockers will only enhance that standing.

During their current tour, KoL will visit more than 50 cities around Europe and North America - and they'll impress a lot of people along the way with performances like this one.

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