Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Kings of Leon
October 18, 2007
On occasion Nashville, the Music City, lives up to it’s nickname. Within one week’s time, Larry Keel, Gov’t Mule, Grace Potter, The Disco Biscuits, ALO, Kid Rock, Nada Surf, Ryan Adams, EOTO, Ryan Shaw and who knows who else played inside the small city with a big attitude. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, along with the Manchester Orchestra and the Kings of Leon, played two nights at the Ryman Auditorium.
After spirits were revved up by the upbeat yet bluesy garage rock of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the headliner, the Kings of Leon, took to the stage for what would be a great set for the hometown boys. They played with a reverence to the audience that seemed to have been missing from previous hometown shows (such as the 55-minute sold out show at Exit In, for those that attended that need a reminding smack in the face).
Instead of playing a fast, and seemingly uninterested show, the Kings brought the heat and didn’t let up throughout their whole set. There were a few musical train wrecks, but the energy of the show kept things moving and no one seemed to notice the crashes.
Here is a photo essay of the first night’s performance – enjoy.