Family band Kings of Leon, made up of Followill brothers and a cousin, played a good number of songs from their most recent four albums last night at United Center, part of its Mechanical Bull Tour presented by Klipsch Audio. Images of kaleidoscopic figures, flashing close-ups of the Followills an pop art flashed on a large LED screen at the back of the stage, keeping the audience's eyes busy.
The soulful Tennessee rock band’s sound was driven by lead singer Caleb’s signature raspy howl—you couldn’t always quite discern the words he was singing, though his tortured face told you he was feeling every single one of them. And, hey, Matthew plays the guitar with his mouth during the performance of “Closer”!
The show ended with indoor snow, crowd favorite “Use Somebody,” and a three-song encore featuring “Sex On Fire,” which proved impossible to not belt along to.
The opening act, neo-blues star Gary Clark Jr., standing under simple purple or blue lights, was equally entertaining as a guitarist and singer, as he played his melancholy but upbeat tunes to a growing crowd.