HARTFORD, Connecticut — New England got its fix of Southern-tinged rock on Tuesday night, when the [artist id="1233888"]Kings Of Leon[/artist] stopped at Connecticut's Comcast Theatre on their latest headlining tour.
On the eve of the announcement that Come Around Sundown, the follow-up to their breakout album Only by the Night, would be out on October 19, the Kings mixed big radio songs like "Sex on Fire" and earlier favorites like "Milk" with new tracks. The band started their set with a bass-heavy "Crawl" as they entered the stage through clouds of swelling red smoke. A fifth backing musician, who remained without introduction the whole night, lent extra fullness to the sound accompanying frontman Caleb Followill's croaky-on-purpose voice.
KOL brought together the 20,000-strong crowd old die-hard followers and newcomers as all sang along to "Fans," from 2007's Because of the Times. The Followills also expanded on their Southern roots for some new blues-oriented, harmonized tracks, including "Immortals" and "Southbound."
The band's clear sound and the well-timed camera-work for the video screens — zooming in on each musician during their key parts — gave the entire show the feel of an orchestrated live album. Given the unfortunate pigeon-attack of their recent gig in St. Louis, such a smooth-running show was probably a relief to band and fans alike.
After playing a 75-minute powerhouse set, the Kings came back for an encore that included the radio phenomenon "Use Somebody" and closed the show with "Black Thumbnail." After almost two years of nonstop touring, the boys from Tennessee showed little signs of slowing down.