Last night we attended the Kings of Leon show at Harrah's. I've got to admit, the venue was better than I thought it would be. It still lacks some of the scuzzyness that marks most great music joints though.
The show was nice. Surprisingly, the band played few tracks from the album they just released. It would have been nice to hear a few more songs I haven't heard them play before. On the other hand, playing a bunch of songs everyone in the crowd knows and loves isn't the worst way to conduct a concert. The music was tight and the band had good energy.
The opening band was Snowden. They were fantastic. They made it through that awkward stage in every opening act when the band is putting a lot of energy into the show and the audience is responding with a deafening wall of skepticism. I believe it was the end of the third song when the audience gave in and cheered wildly. The band owned the crowd for the rest of their set.
My only criticism of Snowden is their band name. Snowden is ok, but they could really shine as General Dreedle and the Major Majors.