Kings Of Leon have admitted they considered dropping the monster breakthrough single ‘Sex On Fire‘ from their setlist after becoming exasperated with live punters who had turned up solely for that one song.
“I would say two years back it was definitely a thing where we’d play some of our deeper-cut songs – all sorts of rarities – and people would all go get a beer or take a piss,” frontman Caleb Followill has told Shortlist. “Then ‘Sex On Fire’ would happen and we were just like, ‘Aargh!’ I’ve come to terms with it. Playing that song, it’s like a pat on the back to think we created it. No matter where we go it always gets that reaction.”
“Plus, it’s fun to watch the ants marching back from the bathroom,” drummer Nathan continued. “I mean, as soon as that song is over you see people just bee-lining for the exits. And it’s like, ‘OK. You just paid £40 for one song, that’s fine.”
Kings Of Leon will be hoping their run of huge commercial success which began in earnest with ‘Sex On Fire’ and its 2008 parent album ‘Only By The Night‘ continues when their latest LP ‘Mechanical Bull‘ is released later this month.