As I have said on multiple occasions, I have a deep and passionate musical love for the Kings of Leon. Caleb Followill owns my musical heart. His voice sears into my soul. I could go on......
Anyways, last night was finally the night. We made out way onto the floor at GM Place just After the opening band had finished and ended up pretty close to the stage - 10-15 people back. Caleb could almost sweat on us. The people around us were pretty good - not too hammered, not too obnoxious. The crowd in general was an eclectic mix. All age ranges, rockers, hipsters, and even a few goth people were in attendance. I noticed a few chicks in flip-flops - which on the floor is probably not the smartest idea.... one girl was even barefoot.... which.... ewww. Many of the girls (including Nicole and I) are in total lust with Caleb. And some (not Nicole and I) were definitely dressed to be noticed..... as if they thought that he would see their cleavage across the crowd, dump his model girlfriend and fall in love with them instead. Silly rabbits.
The concert was amazing and fantastical and awesome. They had the crowd in the palm of their sweaty Southern hands. The setlist was a great mix of old and new material. I have had all four albums on repeat for the past month or so in anticipation of last night, so I knew every song. I wish they had played Revelry & Day Old Blues (two of my fave songs), but I was happy overall with the songs they played. As was the whole crowd. The band seemed a little stunned that we knew the words to each and every song they played.
Being so close had it's advantages, You could see things that those in the real seats probably missed. Being packed in like sardines and sweated on by strangers, not so much with the fun. But seeing Caleb rip out his ear piece during Bucket when there seemed to be a problem was pretty cool. And even with the ear piece gone, and no technical assistance, he sounded fantastic.
Admittedly hung-over, Caleb indulged in a little hair of the dog. Following every shot of booze with a shot of Gatorade. So adorable.
Oh yes, as I suspected, the cast of Eclipse were also in attendance at the concert last night. From these pics, everyone is going to have Robert & Kristen married in a few days. Funny that there is not one photo of them actually kissing or doing anything other than talking to a friend at a loud concert.
Kudos to Nicole for getting many of these fantastic shots. I am not so good with the steady hands ;)