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Last Thursday night I had the great pleasure of attending the Kings of Leon concert at the Xfinity (Comcast) Theatre. If you are unfamiliar, Kings of Leon is an alternative rock band from Nashville, TN composed of three brothers and their cousin. Formed in 1999, the band has enjoyed growing popularity with singles likes “Use Somebody” and “Sex on Fire” to name a few. They are currently celebrating their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull, which released last September and has done very well ever since. Known for their loud, intensely passionate Southern rock sound, the Kings continue to enjoy a large fan base.
The concert was incredible! Dubbed the “Mechanical Bull Tour” after their most recent album, Kings of Leon are touring this summer with opening bands Kongos—a new rock band from South Africa which you may recognize by their hit single “Come With Me Now”—and the indie rock band Young the Giant, known for their songs “Cough Syrup” and “My Body.” Both of these bands absolutely killed it—bringing as much energy and excitement as the headliner. The energy reached a new high, of course, when the Kings came on and took the crowd by storm with their powerful sound and captivating staging.
The venue is a large, partially enclosed indoor amphitheater behind which sits a wide outdoor lawn for people to lay blankets and enjoy the show from a distance. What made this concert nicer than others I’ve attended at the Meadows (such as Dave Matthews or Rascal Flats) was that it was not a completely sold-out show where wild, drunk teens crowd the lawn and spoil the experience for concertgoers who are actually there for the music! The theatre was even generous enough to offer my friend and me, and numerous others, arena seats without any extra charge! We had a fantastic time, dancing and singing along until the final notes of “Sex on Fire” during the encore.
You must take advantage of this great concert venue right here in Hartford, where so many great names come several times a month! This Wednesday, August 13, the theater hosts Drake and Lil Wayne for a huge rap battle event, followed by Chicago & REO Speedwagon on Friday, and Keith Urban on Saturday. For tickets and further information, visit www.livenation.com/venues/14505/xfinity-theatre.