As the first of the 'Glasgow Summer Sessions' concerts held in Bellahouston Park, Kings of Leon took the stage around 9pm, cleverly dodging the almighty downpour that had passed overhead that would return in slightly calmer fashion after their hour-and-a-half set. Lead singer Caleb Followill in faded denim with dirty beard employed brevity in his interactions with the crowd, and the Oklahoma lad turned global superstar became a bit more relaxed about half way into their gig when he called the audience a rather colourful version of crazy.
Attracting an older crowd than the same promoter's T in the Park festival, the phenomenon of a band - who have now produced six albums since forming in Nashville in 1999 - are now falling into the older rocker territory. "We're rocking an old set here... hope we're not rocking out too much?" checked Followill, as they aired some of their earlier, more rock-led material. After hit Fans, a country track followed before more familiar and mainstream hits, which showcased the tight musicianship they enjoy - with thumping bass lines and fierce lead guitar solos. The slick staging and digital video effects, coupled with the natural acoustic basin of the almost-balmy park, also served as a few more crowd pleasers.
Use Somebody and Sex On Fire were the obvious closing songs for the evening's touring production which, apart from the state of some of the crowd (thanks to the 4pm doors, no doubt, which only served to maximise the trade around the many vans and stalls) was a pleasant trip down memory lane, if not at the pinnacle of cultural relevance any more.
Saturday sees Avicii (Live) and Tinie Tempah take the stage before rapper Eminem closes the sessions on Tuesday. Hopefully the forecast will show a little improvement - or the Sludge Sessions may become more of an apt title.