Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he was upset with his bandmates over comments they made online following his abrupt exit from a disastrous July 2011 concert in Dallas, which was followed by the cancellation of 26 more tour dates. Bassist Jared Followill in particular tweeted to fans at the time that there were “internal sicknesses” in the band, while the group did not do much to deny rumors that Caleb had gone into rehab.
Now Caleb has revealed how he felt about the band’s reaction at the time, saying, “I was f***ing pissed. I got on a plane and went to New York and was like, ‘F*** them,’ you know. And, you know, it hurts. It hurt when I heard that, because I’ve always stood behind them . . . I’ve always been like a one-for-all, all-for-one type. And when I heard that, I was like, ‘Wow. Maybe it is time to step back for a while.'”
The four members of the group did not see each other again until they met at a Nashville restaurant several days after the incident. Asked if the band had ordered Caleb into rehab, guitarist Matthew Followill would only say, “I can’t say no one necessarily thought that.”
Caleb said he wouldn’t have needed the group to send him to rehab, explaining, “If they had, they knew I would have laughed at that . . . I have way too strong of a will to ever need to go somewhere.” He added that he stopped drinking for nine months on his own to show the band he could.
Kings Of Leon will release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, next Tuesday (September 24th).
So far the Kings just have a few scattered live dates scheduled for the fall, including Petty Fest in Nashville on September 21st, the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on the 28th, two gigs at theAustin City Limits festival on October 5th and 12th, and and a show at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas on October 26th.