I have found that when you go to shows they typically don’t start on time. The ticket will have a time that the doors open, but then it takes about another half hour for the show to start. This is not the case with Madison Square Garden.
Promptly at 8 p.m. The Whigs came out to the FSU fight song. I was a little surprised by this considering, the band is not from Florida. They played about a 45 minute set of southern garage rock to a small audience. Looking around at the empty stadium, I was surprised how many people don’t show up until the main act takes the stage. Despite the small turnout for the opening band, they played on and rocked the house.
Although, I couldn’t really understand a lot of the lyrics, overall, they played well and I did enjoy their performance. I dug the heavy drumming and guitar riffs of each song. Being from Georgia, there is a real southern feel to their music.
After about a fifteen minute set change, The Kings of Leon came out at excatly 9:15 to a packed house. We were lucky enough to be in a box and were looking down at the crowd on the floor. Although those people had really good seats, I think having to stand for the whole show would be very daunting.
KOL played a great set. They started with “Crawl” and played a mix of older tracks along with a lot of the new stuff on their current album. Watching the crowd, everyone was really enjoying the performance. They had a simple stage set up with a big screen above the band alternating between live shots of the band playing and different videos.
The best part of the show was the encore. They played about 20 minutes. It was awesome.
I had found out later that Ashley Olsen was at the show. I wonder if she was on the floor or in a box. We didn’t see her.