"The Kings of Leon must have some egos. The rules at the Booth Amphitheatre made the [show] an afterthought. No chairs, no water bottles, no blankets bigger than a towel, all beer poured in cups, etc. They really had no idea where they were playing - they eliminated the whole point of Booth Amphitheatre." [Click here for full remarks.]Teresa Franzen, the venue's publicist, confirms that the rule changes — no chairs, beer bottles, water bottles (basically nothing you can throw at the band), or large blankets (for fear fans might set them on fire—seriously) — are true and were all requested by the group. In fact, she said the band changed its mind about allowing blankets around 4 p.m. yesterday, deciding that only beach towels were permissible.
To the venue's credit, Franzen said they had a station out front where people could check in their chairs or other contraband items so they wouldn't have to trek them back to the car, and that people were amply warned about most of the rules (aside, of course, from the last-minute blanket change).
So to all this I say, Really, Kings of Leon??? You charge $45 for a freaking lawn seat (I'm sorry, you're not that good.) and then don't allow people a chair to sit in. (I know, it's rock, you're not supposed to sit—whatever.) Sounds like the group needs to get their egos in check before their attitudes get the best of them. But sadly, adding this story I've heard with others about the group's antics, I'm not surprised.
To those of you who were at the show, am I making a whole lot out of nothing and these rules weren't that bad? Oh yeah, and how was the music?!?