Since there's been so much talk about Kings of Leon after Caleb Followill's abrupt "heat-induced" exit last Friday in Dallas, Tuesday afternoon Rocks Off's in-house brain trust emailed back and forth about the possible long-term effects of last weekend's events on the band.
Craig Hlavaty: The Kings of Leon Dallas meltdown last Friday made me reflect on my experiences with the band for almost the past decade. As a fan of KOL since 2003 and that first coke-snorting, .38 Special-sounding beast of an LP, I can ignore the new fan base and tune them out.
I get that they have had a new douchey audience since Only By the Night came out, but I was there first, so they don't matter. We've all watched them grow up, and you aren't the same artist at 20 that you are at 29. Shit changes, and you let new musical influences into your stew. God knows we all aren't the same as we were a decade ago.
But the KOL storyline is almost movie-perfect. Solid rock band comes from the "sticks," looks good and makes the girlies squirm, they struggle, break out in the UK, do OK out here in the U.S., make some very interesting, growth-oriented albums, and then they finally hit on something that goes wide, namely by turning into a baby U2 with modern-rock leanings.