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."
"Packing for the short trip home. I'll be the guy at the airport with the OU hat on & the big grin. Thanks for the good time Nola." Kings Of Leon star Nathan Followill is heading home after celebrating his beloved Oklahoma Sooners' Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. The rocker was spotted celebrating with players after the classic college football clash on Thursday (02Jan14).
Rockers Kings Of Leon were bathed in sunshine at a special gig in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday (19Nov13) after previously calling off the show due to bad weather. The Sex on Fire hitmakers were due to perform a one-off outdoor concert on Sydney Harbour's famous Goat Island, but the gig was cancelled due to safety fears as heavy rain and high winds battered the city.
The musicians returned to the special location a day later to perform the rescheduled gig, and they made the most of the sunshine following a drastic change in the weather.
Drummer Nathan Followill wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Now this is the Sydney weather I've been missing."
Other acts to have rocked the tiny Goat Island in the past include Foo Fighters and Green Day.
Rockers Kings Of Leon have been forced to scrap a Monday night (18Nov13) gig at Sydney Harbour in Australia due to deadly weather issues. The Use Somebody hitmakers teamed up with Australian TV network Channel V for the outdoor show, but they band has had to reschedule the gig due to high winds and heavy rain.
Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has taken to Twitter.com to alert fans to the concert change.
He writes, "Sadly due 2 weather & safety concerns 4 the fans & band, 2nites @channelv show has been postponed until tomorrow night. Come ready 2 party."
"Happy 4th Anniversary to my beautiful wife @JessieBaylin Time flies when the love flows like wine." Romantic husband Nathan Followill remembers his wedding anniversary after landing in Australia for a string of Kings of Leon shows and appearances.
The Who, the Pixies and actress Evan Rachel Wood have led tributes to rock legend Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13), aged 71. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away five months after a liver transplant and the rock world has been stunned by the tragic news.
A post on The Who's official Twitter.com page reads: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side", while Frank Black and his Pixies bandmates add, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND."
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, British rocker Carl Barat, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Nile Rodgers, former My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter, while new mum Wood stated, "I am really bummed out today. Lost one of the greats."
Weezer also offered up their thoughts about Reed's passing, tweeting, "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU (Velvet Underground) was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and (producer) Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Meanwhile, rock historian Martin Lewis, who has produced an upcoming DVD box-set of Amnesty International concerts that feature Lou Reed prominently, performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others, tells WENN, "Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him.
"He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the Human Rights Concerts series, performing at all six concerts on Amnesty's A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour in June, 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts.
"He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone - including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."
Kings Of Leon stars Nathan and Caleb Followill realised they were destined to become rock stars after sneaking into a karaoke bar as teenagers and performing Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music. The siblings couldn't believe their luck when their rendition of the song took the audience by storm - and won them a clutch of female fans.
Caleb tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "It was my 18th birthday, on Bourbon Street (in New Orleans, Louisiana)... and that was actually the first time I ever got onstage and sang.
"A woman flashed us and we looked at each other and were like, 'All right, I guess this is what we're gonna do forever'."
Stars including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Matthew Mcconaughey, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Stiller and the Jonas Brothers have joined millions across the world in marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on 11 September, 2001, after two hijacked planes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third plane ripped into the Pentagon military defence headquarters in Virginia and another went down in Pennsylvania.
A ceremony was held in New York City on Wednesday morning (11Sep13) to mark 12 years since the atrocities, and a number of celebrities marked the anniversary in posts on Twitter.com.
Pop star Lady Gaga, who was brought up in the Big Apple, writes, "12 years ago today Sept 11th. We will never forget. Still remember the smoke in the sky. Saying lots of prayers for families who lost lives."
The Jonas Brothers wrote, "Never forget. 9/11" while Kings of Leon rocker Nathan Followill adds, "Remembering those who were taken too soon on this date 12 years ago. Sad day for all but stronger than ever. Never Forget."
British musicians Duran Duran posted, "Our thoughts are with every one who was affected by the tragedies of 9/11. We hope that all reading have a day filled w/ (with) peace," and music mogul Simon Cowell reached out to the victims' relatives: "My thoughts are with the families who lost someone special. They will never be forgotten."
Singer/actress Miley Cyrus threw her support behind a campaign which urges members of the public to do a good deed to mark the sad occasion, writing, "Do a good deed today in observance of 911 Day. Make your pledge at 911day.org."
Missy Elliott marked the day by recalling her time in New York City on the day of the attacks, writing, "I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. I was in NY just did (a) Michael Jackson tribute the night before... Me and Nelly Furtado performed. She made her plane but I got stuck in NY for days during 9/11 they closed everything... Many Prayers for the families grieving over the loss of a loved one during the 9/11 tragedy. May they rest in peace. Never 4gotten (sic)."
Actor/director Ben Stiller adds, "Glad to be in NY on 9/11. Remembering all those who lost someone."
Other messages came in from Josh Groban, Spike Lee, Mena Suvari, Sheryl Crow , Bobby Brown, Julianne Hough and Chely Wright, while actors Matthew McConaughey and Chloe Grace Moretz both posted photo tributes.
A number of other stars are raising money for good causes on Wednesday by manning the phones on trading floors in both London and New York as part of the annual Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners' Charity Day.
Rockers Kings Of Leon are set to indulge their love of a good meal by hosting a food festival in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee next month (Sep13). Bandmembers Caleb and Nathan Followill have teamed up with chef Jonathan Waxman to co-host the Music City Eats festival, which will showcase some of the city's top chefs while bands perform live music.
The weekend event will also feature the Petty Fest Nashville, an all-star celebration of the music of Tom Petty, hosted by Kings Of Leon at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. They will perform alongside Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones.
Waxman says, "A few years ago, Caleb Followill quietly slipped into my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and we bonded over food and music, and throughout our many conversations, he kept asking why there wasn't a food and wine festival in his hometown of Nashville. We are inviting some truly amazing chefs from around the country, and most importantly, the best chefs and restaurants in Nashville. I am extremely excited by our shindig, and the Kings and I can't wait until September rolls around."
Music City Eats will take place from 21 to 22 September.