When Kings of Leon and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats come to town, you better wear your dancing shoes because you may have bought a seat, but you won’t need it! And dance we did, on August 9th at the Budweiser Stage.
Nathaniel Rateliff kicked things off with his southern blues rock-inspired jams. Along with The Night Sweats, Rateliff got the people moving with their songs “Wasting Time”, “Look It Here” and “Out on the Weekend”. Nathaniel Rateliff, for those who don’t know, started his music career as a solo artist, but has found his match in The Night Sweats. Rateliff’s voice is as big as a house and the Night Sweats punctuated his every step. The dance moves, the voice and the spirit of Nathaniel Rateliff are sure to inspire anyone to get up and groove.
After Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats set the tone for the night, and with the fan-anticipation (fanticipation?) reaching its climax, it was time for those Followill boys to stand their ground at the Budweiser Stage. Kings of Leon are no strangers to Toronto, nor the shores of Lake Ontario, making it almost an annual trip to TO. On this trip, we were treated to so many of their incredible hits, including “Use Somebody”, “Supersoaker” and new favourites like “WALLS” (which featured a climatic acoustic intro) and “Reverend”. With Caleb Followill leading the way, fans were enthralled with the dulcet tones of Caleb’s voice. Backed by his brothers Nathan and Jared, and cousin Matthew Followill, Caleb was able to focus on delivering a powerful performance, which eclipsed that of their show back in January at the ACC. For a band that has been officially together for almost 20 years, their performances only get better and better. Finishing the set with “Supersoaker”, “Sex on Fire” and “Waste a Moment” left the crowd begging for more, but fear not, because it doesn’t look like Kings of Leon is slowing down anytime soon.
Best to check out these bands the next time they pull through, and better bring your dancing shoes!