Kings Of Leon’s Silence Only Fuels Caleb Followill Alcohol-Abuse Rumors


To hear Caleb Followill tell it, Kings of Leon‘s American tour has been cancelled so that he can rest his voice. To hear the rest of the band tell it—well, they’re not being specific, but they seemed angry with the outcome, judging from their reactions yesterday. The band’s management is being a bit more active in its pursuit of silence, making copyright claims on clips of Caleb’s meltdown [via @carr2n]. Their basis for the claims is the inclusion of the band’s music, which is why edits that include merely Caleb’s ad-libs have remained on YouTube, but the claims are suspiciously coincidental given the sheer volume of fan-shot Kings of Leon clips from other shows still available on the site.

As a naïve attempt to protect Caleb Followill’s privacy (and reputation), this is all sensible—perhaps standard operating procedure prior to the Internet. As a social media strategy, however, this is the worst possible course of action for the band and for Caleb. Fans are curious folks, and as long as an audience wants the story, people will try to get it (and in so doing, will have control over it). In the absence of hard evidence (or sometimes even in spite of it), speculation and circumstantial evidence will exist as fact in practice.

Case in point: an US Weekly story today cites an unnamed insider who says that the boys in the band “are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab” for alcohol abuse. A second source corroborated the story (though a third contradicted it). Caleb’s ad libs from the Dallas show about vomiting and getting more alcohol are the basis for this line of inquiry.

The band’s rep gave the magazine the “vocal rest” party line, as did Caleb himself when confronted by a paparazzo’s video camera in New York yesterday. In the TMZ clip, Followill cannily remains polite if brusque, brushing off a question about the best way to repair his voice by answering, “Not giving interviews.”

Despite the band’s apparent lack of savvy (see also: Jared Followill‘s joke on Twitter that the band was breaking up), their actions in response to Caleb’s struggles (whatever with) have been in step. Yesterday Jared tweeted, “Family has to come 1st,” and the band’s reaction seems to bear that out.

Kings of Leon Bandmates Urging Caleb Followill to Enter Rehab [Us Weekly via Rolling Stone]

[Image: Getty Images]

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  1. demikat12 says:

    Never really listened to them always in the news but hey CALEB wake up you have what millions of kids want… I listened and yeah so you have what millions of kids dream about a great voice and a family…. some have neither…. I do hope the best for you cuz you do have a gift….dont destroy what others would give thier lives for……..

  2. Elheiffe says:

    These guys suck. They sound horrible live. Caleb is always drunk and hardly audible. The band is not playing with a metronome. They just blow. Good riddence

  3. ThumperJake72 says:

    First time i heard KOL, i liked them. The catchy tunes reminded me of my own broad style of playing and creating music. Then i found out why. These guys practically came from the same roots i did. Pentecostal backwood revivals were my whole entire childhood growing up. I even recieved the Holy Spirit on several occasions,so i believe. Then as i got older the family troubles, The Lord, and the drunks i can understand the constant struggle for whats right and wrong. Answer is, we’re human and we’re a part of both. I just watched the documentary about KOL. It’s obvious Caleb struggles with fame questioning whether or not it was what he was supposed to do. If these guys (knowing God already) continue to defy themselves and their root belief system they’ll never be at peace with themselves. I struggle with my faith and my addictions, and this keeps me on constant unease. Give Caleb the time to collect himself and allow these guys to turn this pop thing they’re doing into ‘working for God’,instead of selfish desires. Theres always hope,man. Never give up on yourself and never turn a deaf ear to God when he’s calling you. Trust me i know. I’m just another Pentecostal backsliding good ole southern boy from the sticks myself. haha