Kings Of Leon stars Jared, Nathan and Caleb Followill are in mourning following the passing of their grandfather. Leon Followill died on Thursday (09Jan14) and the sad news prompted drummer Nathan to share his feelings with fans on Twitter.com.
He wrote, "The world lost a beautiful soul today. RIP Grandpa Leon Followill. My heart is broken into a million pieces."
Rockers Kings Of Leon have criticised raunchy female pop stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna for setting a bad example for young fans. Guitarist Matthew Followill is convinced the majority of modern pop music is "f**king awful" and he can't believe kids are allowed to watch such saucy videos and provocative performances from today's female stars.
He tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "Some pop shows I watch, it feels like the end of the world, it's f**king awful. It's not even music any more. You would never want your children to watch (shows like that) and I can't believe that younger kids, even teenagers are watching that stuff. It almost seems to be making the world a bad place."
His bandmate and cousin Jared Followill adds, "They make me cringe. I can't watch that stuff. Not even just because they're taking their clothes off, it's the whole thing, the dance moves, it's not good."
Cyrus has been a regular in the headlines in recent months over her racy antics, which have included a controversial performance with Robin Thicke at the recent MTV Video Music Awards and the release of her Wrecking Ball video, in which she appears naked apart from a pair of boots.
Kings Of Leon star Jared Followill had a terrifying brush with airport security guards in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week (beg11Nov13) when he was stopped in Dubai for carrying an electronic cigarette. The bassist, who touched down in the city on Wednesday (13Nov13) with his bandmates, was reportedly confronted by a security team at the airport over his electronic cigarette, which are banned in the country.
The star took to Twitter.com to tell fans about the incident, writing, "Just had the life scared out of me at security in Dubai. Apparently it's not just my bros (brothers) who think e-cigs (sic) are uncool. Almost locked up abroad."
Fiona Apple is beautiful, scarily talented, and a wonderful performer, but whatever you do, do not be predictable around her. At the end of August, after the crowd at her performance for the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses party in Tokyo wouldn’t simmer down, Apple climbed atop her piano and told the audience to “shut the f**k” up. Shockingly, the crowd failed to stop talking after Apple's polite request, so she yelled, “Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f**k?,” and stormed off the stage.
In honor of her dramatic walkout, here’s a look at 5 other stars that are in the running for Drama Queen of the Music World.
Axl Rose What would a walkout list be without Axl Rose? Rose has always had a tense relationship with his fans and has been the muse of many bottle-throwings, riots, and boos. A paradigm of the temperamental rock star, he’s walked off of stages and caused riots since 1992. His latest stage fit was in 2010 at a concert in Dublin. After the crowd refused to stop throwing bottles onto the stage, Rose walked off the stage. Before you go full-on Team Axl, though, let it be noted that Rose had taken the stage ninety minutes late.
Billie Joe Armstrong In 2012, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong famously entertained the crowd at the iHeartRadio festival with a glorious tirade protesting the fact that their set was cut by twenty minutes, courtesy of Usher’s long performance. After being told that they only had one minute left for their performance, Armstrong began ranting about how he’s been around since “198-f**king-8” so people should respect him, since he’s not “f**king Justin Bieber” (I would hope not, the mere legality of that is questionable). Armstrong smashed his guitar on stage a few times before walking off the stage and into a PR-mandated rehab.
Morrissey Morrissey is no stranger to cooking up a storm of controversy, and his 2009 Coachella performance was no different. Offended by the smell of barbecued meat wafting through the air, the rocker stopped his set and said, “I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it’s human.” Morrissey walked off the stage, only to return a few minutes later and restart his performance, explaining, “The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it.” Frustrating as it may have been, at least Morrissey came back and only wanted humans to be burning alive instead of animals.
Caleb Followill Kings of Leon have may as well have the word “Drama” in front of their band name. The band famously walked off a St. Louis stage in 2010 after getting attacked by a vicious gang of pigeons who flew around pooping on the band (not the fans), and reportedly even pooped in bassist Jared Followill’s mouth. Clearly the pigeons weren’t fans of the band, and KOL walked off after only 3 songs. In 2011, though, lead singer Caleb Followill walked out of a Dallas show, even though not one pooping pigeon was seen. Claiming he was just dehydrated because of the heat and needed a beer, Followill angered many fans by not returning to the stage, even though he said he would. Brother Jared Followill told the booing crowd to “F**king hate Caleb, not us.” There’s that brotherly support.
Jack White Jack White played a show in 2012 at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, only to walk off the stage after fifty-five minutes. Many rumors/explanations were going around as to why White left the show early, none of which made sense. Some said that White was upset because the audience didn’t seem as they were into the show, since at one point White asked the crowd, “Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?” (maybe someone should’ve told White that even if they wanted to, audiences can’t get up out of their seats or dance around in aisles at the Radio City Music Hall?). Others stated that White is a perfectionist and was frustrated with the sound quality because that’s “rock and roll.” Did someone change the definition of rock and roll and forget to tell the rest of us?
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The Kings Of Leon kept their promise to meet a male fan who stripped off at their gig in Birmingham, England on Tuesday (09Jul13) by inviting him backstage at their second show in the city. Jimmy Dorris shed his clothes and then stood on audience members' shoulders to get a better look at the band onstage at the LG Arena, much to the bemusement of the group.
Bassist Jared Followill posted a photo of the man on his Twitter.com with the caption, "Great show Birmingham! This is not what we mean when we say Dump 'Em Out", while bandmate Nathan Followill promised to buy the fan a beer at their follow-up concert on Wednesday night (10Jul13).
Dorris headed backstage at the show and uploaded a photo of him posing with the rockers, adding, "The greatest band on earth! Thank you so much... for making my dream come true!"
Nathan Followill jokingly replied, "Barely recognised u (sic) fully dressed."
Rockers the Kings Of Leon were left stunned during a gig in Birmingham, England on Tuesday (09Jul13) when a male fan stripped off to crowd surf. The Use Somebody hitmakers didn't know where to look when the uninhibited streaker got naked and at one point stood on fellow fans' shoulders to get a better look at the band onstage at the LG Arena.
Bassist Jared Followill posted a photo of the man on his Twitter.com with the caption, "Great show Birmingham! This is not what we mean when we say Dump 'Em Out."
Bandmate Nathan Followill is hoping the mystery man shows up at the group's second LG Arena gig on Wednesday night (10Jul13), tweeting, "Hey Birmingham sausage man, if you're on twitter, DM me. We owe you a beer tomorrow night."
"You would think a nice hotel would have air conditioning. Laying on the couch, in my underwear, pouring (with) sweat. Flies are about to show up." Kings Of Leon rocker Jared Followill sweats it out in a hotel while on tour in Austria.
"So, my phone got stolen in NY. It was sold to some dude who began using my iMessage. I busted him. Now he wants $400 for my phone back." Kings Of Leon rocker Jared Followill is stunned by a thief's demand in exchange for the return of his phone.
"Been in New York for less than a week and already lost a pair of sunglasses, an iPhone, and my dignity. Gotta love this city." Rocker Jared Followill is struggling to keep track of his belongings while in the Big Apple.