In Pictures: Kings of Leon Perform at KROQ’s Red Bull Sound Space

It’s not everyday that an arena-filling rock band plays an exclusive show at a small, intimate venue for 150 lucky fans in Southern California.

But the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles pulls in some of the top performing artists in the world to perform for a select crowd of ticket winning fans.

On Monday, March 24, the Tennessee quartet known as Kings of Leon dropped into the space mid-tour and were welcomed by ecstatically screaming fans before even taking the stage.

Radio personality and disc jockey Stryker was hosting for the night and made sure to get the crowd amped up for the unforgettable show they were about to witness.

With the max capacity of the venue around 150, the incredibly intimate setting of the space surely set the mood.

They opened up the one-hour private show with “Crawl,” the second track off their 2008 album Only by the Night, which completely shook the venue.

You could seriously feel the music in your chest, which elevated the energy in the venue to a different dimension. The beat of the drums and the strum of guitar riffs immediately pulled everyone into the stage — ears gridlocked on Caleb’s voice seducing the mic and eyes occasionally closing to take in the sound to greater depths, especially during “Closer,” when the lyrics “And it’s coming closer…” hung heavy in the room.

The crowd, being the ultimate fans that they are, seemed to know the words to every song, including those from the band’s recent Mechanical Bull album.

By the time the Followill brothers were approaching the homestretch of their set, certain people in the crowd eagerly awaited for them to play one of their anthemic hits, like “Use Somebody” or “Sex on Fire,” as they shouted out their requests to the band in between songs.

In terms of musicianship, the high-volume precision and sheer power at which they delivered their entire set list was enough to solidify my affection for their music. Not to mention, this was my first time having the opportunity to watch them live, and there couldn’t have been a better place to experience the once bar-band darlings perform.

The Red Bull Sound Space is one of the most amazing venues in California.

Since launching in October 2011, it has hosted some of the top acts, including Metric, Pennywise, Coldplay, Nelly Furtado, The Fray, Blink-182 and Maroon 5.

Kings of Leon will continue on their US tour until mid-April, and visit cities such as Seattle and New Orleans before dazzling crowds in other parts of the world.

Set List

1. Crawl
2. Family Tree
3. Radioactive
4. Closer
5. On Call
6. Temple
7. The Bucket
8. Don’t Matter
9. Molly’s Chambers
10. Use Somebody
11. Wait for Me
12. Tonight
13. Sex on Fire


Photo credit: Gabriel Olsen and Elysia McMahan