The incredible chart performance of their fourth studio album ‘Only By The Night transformed Kings Of Leon into one of the biggest bands in Europe after it’s release in 2008, but frontman Caleb Followill has revealed he was initially scared by their new found stardom, and at one time ‘hated’ their success.
Speaking to digital station BBC 6Music, Followill spoke of what he describes as his ‘Kurt Cobain moment’ after a series of incidents troubled the band. “I remember that we were on the road and I’d just found out that my house had gotten broken into and the record was really doing good and that was my kind of Kurt Cobain moment,” he said. “I was hating the success and I was scared and I thought, you know, People are going to think that we did this on purpose and that we made this record so we could be big.”
Frustrations appeared to come to a head at the 2009 Reading Festival, when the group responded to a slightly lukewarm response from the crowd by smashing their instruments and storming off stage. “I wanted to do some interviews and just apologise for my attitude,” he admitted. “Everything affected me and we took it out on a lot of people.” After their grumpy performance in Reading, Kings Of Leon recovered dramatically at the Leeds Festival not long after and produced the stand-out performance of the weekend.
‘Come Around Sundown‘, the follow up to ‘Only By The Night‘, is due for release in the UK on October 18th, followed a day later in the US.