Live Review: Kings of Leon, Bill Graham Civic

Kings of Leon rock San Francisco: Aidin Vaziri | Playing to a capacity crowd at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Thursday, their biggest San Francisco show to date, Kings of Leon showed that even their recent songs push most of the same sloppy rock ‘n’ roll buttons as those on their first release, 2003’s “Youth and Young Manhood.” In concert, the tunes from the new record come unhinged, driven by the kind of bad-tempered lust that comes from the band members spending their formative years traveling the country in the back of a Chrysler with their Pentecostal preacher father. Kings of Leon have adapted remarkably well to their surroundings. Thursday’s show got off to a bit of a slow start, but then a high-velocity charge through three of the band’s best tunes – “Charmer,” “Sex on Fire” and “The Bucket” – inspired a pandemonium that never let up. Continue reading.

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