Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats Open for Kings of Leon in Tinley Park, IL

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What. A. Night. Two of my Top-Five Favorite Bands playing at the same venue…on the same night. I wish Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats had played a little longer, but Kings of Leon had to take the stage at some point, right?

Nathaniel Rateliff previewed a couple of new songs as well as playing a good mix from their first two albums. They sounded just as good as I remember when I saw them play at Chicago Theatre last year, but brought some new dance moves to the stage – like James Brown!

Kings of Leon opened their set with a mechanical beating heart and Conversation Piece. Believe me, this is a show I will be talking about for a while. I mean…here I am writing about it. The show progressively became brighter and brighter and their visuals were artistic and obscure. I loved every minute of it!

One of my favorite moments was about 1/3 of the way into the set when the curtain falls and they bring out a tiny drumset, 2 acoustic guitars, and a bass. Caleb comes out on stage first and begins to play Milk solo, and then they join him one by one as the song progresses. After a couple of songs on the tiny set, they transition into Walls, and during the climax of the song, the curtain rises exposing a very brightly lit stage with tons of screens and contours and more musicians that I remembered the band having to begin with. Apologies for the run-on sentence, but the sight was overwhelming and awesome.

The lighting cues, graphic visuals and treatments were unique to each song. Impressive to say the least. My only regret was not upgrading my seat to “the pit” section where I might have had the chance to catch a guitar pick or drumstick. But at the same time, I’m really happy no one scuffed my shoes and I had plenty of room to dance.

The pictures and video don’t do the production justice, but I hope you still enjoy them.

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