After a couple of years of turmoil followed by a year-long break, Kings Of Leonare back with a new album and a new attitude, while admitting that the foursome used to be “cocky” until they nearly melted down in 2011. Speaking with British newspaper The Metro, drummer Nathan Followill said, “When you’re young and cocky, older bands tell you, ‘Take it easy so you can have longevity.’ We were like, ‘You’re just jealous of our work ethic and because we can tour so long and party so hard.’ Eventually we realized we should take stock.”
Frontman Caleb Followill, who left a Dallas stage in search of a beer during a now-legendary August 2011 concert and never came back, added, “We were tired and we’d keep working. Finally your body says ‘You’re done.’ It’s great for your health and your brain to stop being in a rock ‘n’ roll band for five minutes.”
Nathan Followill told us a while back that they got good advice early on from bands like Pearl Jam and U2on how to handle their success: “Touring with, especially Pearl Jam, those guys and U2, it was like, you know, they were able to kind of take us in and, you know, warn us about stuff that we probably would have ran right face-first into. You know, they kind of took us aside and helped us look at the world from a different view and, you know, our careers from a different view and basically let us know that the world was our oyster if we could keep our heads on straight and do it the right way.”
Kings Of Leon took a year off — during which Caleb insists he did not set foot in a rehab facility — started families and toned down the hard partying.
The band is now bouncing back with its sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull, which arrives in stores on Tuesday (September 24th).
The Kings have yet to announce a full North American tour, but will play at the Global Citizen Festival next Saturday (September 28th) in New York City’s Central Park.