Examiner.com was on the scene on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Kings of Leon concert at Madison Square Garden for a special event hosted by Nivea. Thousands rocked out to the band's jams making it a very special Valentine's Day for the crowd. The Kings show was part of their Mechanical Bull Tour, celebrating their sixth album, "Mechanical Bull," released last September.
Gary Clark Jr., a Grammy award winning guitarist and singer from Austin, Texas, opened for the Kings. The blues crooner and definite rising star owned the stage with a short set as the crowd was still filing in. Clark sang only five songs, but dazzled during them all, including "When My Train Pulls In" and "Black Lights," but never forgot about his audience. "This one is for all the lovers out there," he said while introducing "Please Come Home."
During the break, we got a special presentation from Nivea, who presented their latest line of lip balms, A Kiss of Care and Color, just in time for Valentine's Day. The collection features four shades of the moisturizing balms that also provide a hint of color. Shades include "Sheer Berry," "Sheer Crimson," "Sheer Coral" and "Sheer Pink."
By the time the Kings came on, a white sheet had been erected on stage and the band performed their first song "Charmer" behind it. Soon the sheet was lifted to reveal the band, including frontman Caleb Followill, and they launched into a great two hour set rolling with the Southern rock tunes the band is known for.
The set included hits from their six albums, though generously relied on their latest album, playing soon-to-be hits like "Supersoaker," "Rock City" "Don't Matter," and more. What the show perhaps lacked in spectacle (let's just say Followill wasn't a big fan of chatting with the audience for hours on end), it made up for in music brilliance as the band played 27 songs. There's something about Followill and his brothers that comes across as so authentic, so much realer than many other rock bands currently on the market today.
And there were more than enough fun standout moments. Followill wished the crowd a happy Valentine's Day before singing "On Call" and mentioned how the band had been looking forward to playing the venue for a long time. And when the band was jamming, the screen behind them went wild playing video of pinup girls during "Supersoaker" and snowflakes during "Cold Desert."
The show winded down with number one hit "Use Somebody" before the band came back out for a three song encore including "Crawl" and "Black Thumbnail."
And of course the show ended with "Sex on Fire," which seemed more than appropriate for the occasion. And it may have just been us, but there seemed no better place for all the kissing couples as a light show played overhead.
Alexandra Finkel contributed reporting.