Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiesto, Kings of Leon close out Made in America

The final two acts on the Parkway on Sunday night were Dutch superstar DJ Tiësto and Southern arena rockers Kings Of Leon.

Tiesto, Kings of Leon close out Made in America

The final two acts on the Parkway on Sunday night were Dutch superstar DJ Tiësto and Southern arena rockers Kings Of Leon.

The former let loose with a hyper-adrenalized set that kicked off, naturally, with his triumphant techno race up “Rocky” and remixes of John Legend and Icona Pop songs, accompanied by a flashy light show.

The Kings of Leon took the stage at 10:45 — 75 minutes after their scheduled arrival — starting off their festival closing performance with singer Caleb Followill belting out “Supersoaker” from last year’s Mechanical Bull in his buzz-saw voice.

With Caleb's brother Nathan back behind the drum kit, after his injured ribs in a recent bus accident caused the band to cancel a series of shows, the Nashville quartet moved on to the rugged blood-is-thicker-than-water blues "Family Tree."

The Kings continued the three years running Made In America tradition of an arena rock sized headliner closing out the Labor Day weekend festival.

 In 2012 it was Pearl Jam, and in 2013, Nine Inch Nails. As it was last year, the Rocky stage was thinned out In comparison to the packed space in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art steps for the previous night's headliner for the world of hip and R&B. (in this case Kanye West, last year Beyoncé.)

The extenuating circumstance this year was the rain, which sent people home early in the evening when it seemed like the show might be called off, and again as it poured throughout sets by Spoon and Girl Talk (who was joined by Philadelphia rapper Freeway in one of the weekend's few if not only surprise cameos.)

 Caleb Followill noted the dedication of those that remained. "You guys are awesome for sticking around ," the guitarist and leader of the family band said. "We don't get to play a whole set, but we're gonna give you everything we got."

-- Dan DeLuca

Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic
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