The Kings of Leon Live At The O2 DVD Review
The Kings of Leon are an American rock band who created a large following with their first 3 albums throughout and Australia and a cult following in their home country. Their fourth studio album, Only By The Night propelled them to chart success and superstardom in America and further established them as major rock stars on the international arena.
The band decided to record a live DVD/Blu-ray in the United Kingdom as a thank you to the country where the fans were first to embrace their style of southern rock/blues/grunge. Unlike most recorded concerts, where footage is assembled over several nights to show the band in the best possible light, this recording is of just the one concert, held at the O2 arena in London on June 30, 2009 in front of a full house of over 18,000 fans.
This is a straight up and down concert. There are no great camera effects, technical wizardry or embellishments, the recording is just what you would have experienced if you were lucky enough to be in the crowd that night. Running at 1 hour 40 minutes and with 22 songs, the concert contains a large cross section of songs from all of KoL's albums. It includes the massive hits "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody", older hits such as "Charmer" and "Fans" and concert favourites "Knocked Up" and "My Party". There is an excellent mix of songs that should both please the hard core fan that has been following the band since their early days through to the newer fan who would like to be exposed to their latest and greatest as well as previous great hits.
Due to the low light conditions throughout the concert, the footage does tend to be a little grainy. I personally had no problems with this as I thought the grittiness of the video added to the overall gritty image of the band and their music, but the video quality is nowhere near as good as found in The Killers Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD or The Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium. The sound quality on the other hand is faultless, being mixed by the same engineers who have helped Kings of Leon mix their studio albums. This is the perfect DVD to leave on in the background with the sound turned right up while you engage in activities around the house.
One major disappointment is that the disc contains no extra material beyond the concert itself, which does detract from the value of this DVD. Surely it wouldn't have been too hard to put some bonus footage or band interviews into the mix.
Even without any additional features, the raw footage of the Kings of Leon rocking in front of a captive audience is a must have addition to any KoL fan. With no official live recording having been released by the band, this is the perfect replacement, to hear that gritty, raw sound live and rocking like few bands from the last decade have been able to do.