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The Zac Brown Band are road warriors. They began playing nearly 200 shows a year back in 2002. And while they may be country, the know how to rock, often delving into folk, Southern rock and good, old fashioned jamming. They’ve won plenty of awards (Grammys, CMT Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards) and have garnered lots of commercial and critical success along the way, but most important, the Southern septet has earned the reputation of a band that leaves it all onstage every night, which is exactly what you should expect when the Zac Brown Band (above, playing “Goodbye in Her Eyes” at this year’s CMA Awards) hit the Izod Center stage on Sunday night.
Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save the Barn – Izod Center – October 3, 2012
Levon Helm is a towering figure in American music and the main reason a band, well the Band, that was actually four-fifths Canadian could be considered quintessentially American. After Helm was diagnosed with cancer, he began hosting Midnight Rambles at his home barn/studio—ridiculously intimate affairs filled with music that kept onlookers smiling for days. And despite Helm’s passing, it was clear that the barn and the Rambles would continue. But, of course, there are bills to pay. So last night at the Izod Center, a monumental group of performers—those who had worked with the Band, performed with Helm or appeared at one of those fabled Rambles—gathered to pay tribute to the musical icon and help raise money to finally pay off the barn.
There were far too many talented people involved to list everyone, but the night started with a bang as Warren Haynes, backed by the Dirt Farmer Band, did a rousing version of “The Shape I’m In” before Gregg Allman joined him for a riveting “Long Black Veil.” From there a cavalcade of stars, including Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, Marc Cohn, the Wallflowers and Allen Toussaint, appeared. Lucinda Williams said, “God bless, Levon Helm. His spirit lives on,” after concluding “Whispering Pines.” And then the fist set closed with John Hiatt and Mike Gordon doing a lively “Rag Mama Rag.”
And while that first set was particularly great, the second one was something special. Highlights included Ray LaMontagne and John Mayer on “Tears of Rage,” the Dierks Bentley–led “Chest Fever,” with Garth Hudson laying down the winding “Genetic Method” organ intro, and Larry Campbell eliciting a big crowd response to the “Drink all day, rock all night” line in “Tennessee Jed” as Mayer rode shotgun on guitar. Then somehow the ante got upped once again. First, a jammy “Up on Cripple Creek” with Joe Walsh and Robert Randolph (“Jersey boys are here,” proclaimed Walsh), and then the house band ceded the stage to My Morning Jacket.
The five-piece launched into “Ophelia,” with the crowd throatily singing along, and “It Makes No Difference” before bringing out Roger Waters and G.E. Smith for “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” Of course all of this was just a lead up to the night’s inevitable conclusion, everyone onstage for “The Weight.” Longtime Levon Helm Band members Campbell, Teresa Williams and Amy Helm rightfully took the first verse, accompanied only by Campbell’s guitar. And then Mavis Staples sang, and then Allman and Haynes. And then Grace Potter, Eric Church, John Prine, Jim James and everyone else took turns trading verses across the stage, before turning to Waters, center stage, singing, “You know I’m a peaceful man,” with smiles everywhere. It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the people in the crowd or those onstage. It was just one of those nights. —R. Zizmor | @Hand_Dog
Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com
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Kings of Leon – Izod Center – September 12, 2009
If many American music fans were late to the party that is Kings of Leon, it doesn’t feel evident at their live shows. Two songs into the band’s encore, and those in the sold-out Izod Center crowd sang as loudly to the moody, seven-minute “Knocked Up” as they did at the beginning of the night. Lead singer Caleb Followill noticed: “It makes me think you guys might have more than just the last record,” he posited, to cheers. “It’s about fucking time.”
Kings of Leon’s stellar performance on Saturday showcased the pinnacle of the band’s overdue rise to stardom in the United States—after becoming stars in the United Kingdom long ago. Playing to the newer fans, the Followills started their set with the two songs that open their newest album, Only by the Night, “Closer” and “Crawl.” But from there they moved backward through their discography, mixing songs like “Molly’s Chambers” (off their first album) with a heavy dose of their third album, Because of the Times. Both their strong radio singles and their coarser, Southern rock-influenced songs resonated with the crowd. The rest of their nearly two-hour set showed why Kings of Leon is one of the best live acts today, featuring moments like the chill-inducing “Revelry” and the sing-along chorus of “Sex on Fire,” which has become a must-see addition to any rock and roll bucket list. —Sean O’Kane
Remember when Kings of Leon used to play small venues? Well, that’s no longer the case. As the band’s fourth album, last year’s Only by the Night, has charted in the Top 10 in more than 10 countries, the Followill family’s career is on fire. And now Kings of Leon is doing an arena tour across the U.S. Still trying to score tickets to Saturday’s sold-out show at the Izod Center? Then try to Grow a Pair of free ones from The House List. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Kings of Leon, 9/12) and a brief message telling us your favorite way to spend a late-summer Saturday night. Eddie Bruiser, who could always use a few good ideas, will notify the winner by noon on Friday, September 11th. Good luck.