Over the past few years, the biggest problem for Kings of Leon and their fans, besides some pesky pigeons, was having songs that were too catchy and too popular. There wasn’t a time when you didn’t hear “Sex On Fire” or “Use Somebody” on the radio, and for followers of the band of brothers (and cousins) that was just fine.
Of course, things aren’t so majestic in the Kings’ court lately. Besides a battle earlier this year with Glee creator Ryan Murphy, the Grammy-winning rockers have fallen on hard times, following lead singer Caleb Followill’s recent “unfit” performance in Dallas, Texas. The controversial July 29 show, in which Followill, claiming that he felt “hot,” wandered off stage and didn’t return. (KOL’s spokesperson released a statement that said Followill was “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion.”) The band decided to cancel the rest of their tour, leaving fans with useless ticket stubs and concerns that KOL is falling apart right before their eyes. Bassist Jared Followill, Caleb’s brother and bandmate, tweeted that the whole thing made him “utterly depressed.” The feeling, for many, is mutual.
While the recent circumstances are disappointing and may give me pause about buying a concert ticket, it certainly hasn’t stopped me from listening to “On Call,” “Notion,” or “Radioactive” on my iPod. The band hasn’t yet reached Oasis territory, and KOL’s music hasn’t been ruined for me… yet.
Has controversy or childish rock star behavior ever impacted your enjoyment of a favorite band’s music? (Despite liking some of their tunes, I could never quite get on board with Hole because of Courtney Love.) Or does their music — and your devotion them — transcend all the other noise?