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Kings of Leon Debut "Sex on Fire" at All Points West

August 9, 2008 10:47 PM ET

While Kings of Leon didn't exactly have the most energy onstage on Saturday at All Points West, their positive vibes and effortless cool certainly translated to the first massive crowd of the day, who pogoed happily to their classic-rock rave-ups. The unexpected highlight of their set was "Sex On Fire," the first single off upcoming album Only by the Night, which the band played live for the first time anywhere. A mix of Springsteen and Cold War Kids, "Fire" was a real triumph in a set already bursting with triumphant hooks.

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