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October 31, 2011

On Saturday afternoon Shane and a bunch of friends and I caught a bus to go watch Kings Of Leon, a band that over the last few years I’ve lost love for because of a little episode that involved Shane surprising me with tickets to Spain to watch them at a festival for my birthday. I loved them and so it was the best damn gift ever, until we waited about 5 hours in a squashed up crowd that was so hectic that my feet weren’t even touching the ground and we were swaying from side to side waiting to be trampled on. It was horrible, girls were crying and fainting, I had an anxiety attack and after hours of trying our hardest to stick it out, Kings of Leon didn’t come out because and WAIT FOR IT, the wind was blowing too hard. So yes, we flew all the way to Spain to feel like jam in the middle of a white bread sandwich just so that we could not watch one of our most favourite bands perform live. My love turned to hate and ever since then The Kings of Lamos were, to put it mildly, dead to me.

So going on Saturday was a big step and I’m so happy to report that not only did they actually show up, even though the heavens were threatening to burst, they played a really good show and I got to dance my nuts off to what used to be some of my most favourite songs ever. So I was happy and the majority of the stadium were super happy when they played ‘Sex on fire’, it made me laugh when I thought about how many people (like the 2 below, who just by the way after I took that photo, flick-flacked past us and then smiled in our direction, it was awesome) there probably had no idea how many songs KOL actually have other than ‘Sex on fire’. In fact I’m sure they were pretty confused and disappointed that that song wasn’t the only song they were performing over and over again. Oh man.

Did any of you guys go? Did you enjoy yourselves?




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  • Leigh October 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

    We had an awesome awesome time… Sang On Call at the top of my lungs as the bunny eared girls in front of me stared. So glad they played so many of their old tracks, but so lame to see the crowd go dead when they did. The most amazing thing – The people that went there just to hear Sex on Fire, didn’t even know the lyrics. Apparently the chorus goes “Oh this sex is on fire” over and over. So annoying… Anyway I hope to see them again at a smaller venue with a better (dressed) crowd…

  • Flamy October 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hahaha I was in the seating section and was surrounded by couples who SAT the entire show until Sex on Fire came on. I swear the one girl was almost falling asleep when they played the older stuff!

    I loved Knocked Up and the Bucket but at some points felt like Caleb was making his grocery list for the week while singing…but otherwise their performance was flawless 🙂 Hope to tick more and more awesome bands off my wishlist of artists I wish would come to SA !

  • Lauren October 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I went to the Joburg show too! We ended up with seated tickets because all the golden circle and general admission ones were sold out when we wanted to buy tickets… and the people in front of us only arrived during Die Heuwel’s last song, sat throughout the entire show, and left before the encore. I don’t think we were in the right place… They only knew Pyro, Use Somebody and Sex on Fire. Good grief.

    The show was amazing though. They sounded fantastic live… and the encore in the rain was pretty awesome!

  • Lea October 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The hilarious this is the one Kings of Leon CD I own has none of their ‘Radion friendly’ songs on it. The Kings of Leon I know does not reside in teh CD players of the Northern suburbs.

    I am SO jealous they played their older stuff, even more jealous that it didn’t rain and MOST jealous because I wasn’t there. (Yes, I am the kind of person who wishes the worst on situatiosn I am unable to take part in, deep inside my black little heart it makes me happy)

  • Diana October 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

    ha haaaa i laughed so much at that pic you tweeted. those guys are golden.

  • Farah October 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    The show was awesome, but the audience was pathetic, seriously, why go see a band when you only know two songs, and possibly the chorus of a third?
    The band was amazing live though, Caleb’s voice is stunning. We had an fnatastic time. I wrote of review of it too:

  • Kate October 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I was lucky enough to be in the front row of Golden Circle and it was absolutely amazing, albeit a little rough at some points. Also, a group of 15-year-old teens behind us felt the need to screech their lungs out from the minute the first band came on stage but luckily they seemed to run out of steam (vocal chords) by the time KOL came on. KOL were amazing – the sound was superb and a great mix of old and new songs. Yesterday I was playing KOL in my car and enjoyed the songs so much more after the concert.

  • ingeborg October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    We had a great time – we were with a lovely bunch and it was an awesome outing all round…but somehow, believe me I have no idea how… Coldplay put on a better show! xxx

  • lentie October 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I love KOL and wish that I could have gone..

  • ingeborg October 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Okay it definitely had to do with being surrounded by an audience of real fans who knew their scope of work and also the band interacting with the crowd!xx

  • LeChelle October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    KOL is most definitely my favourite band & i was ecstatic when my boyfriend got me a ticket & best of all it was my birthday the day of the concert 🙂
    I loved every single moment of it, including laughing at the teenyboppers who screeched for only but one song. Sex on Fire.

    For weeks prior to the concert i moaned about how many people were simply going to hear Sex on Fire & Use Somebody – i proved to be only too right.

    Amazing concert though 🙂 love them.

  • Cheron November 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I loved every minute of the concert! We also had an irritating group behind us that kept singing the chorus to Sex on Fire in between EVERY song. I wanted to punch them. Would have made me super happy if they had played that song first so that all those people could leave straight after it.