Like anything in life, if alcohol is used in excess it can get us in trouble. Kings of Leonís Caleb Followill has a history with alcohol that has been an issue for him in the past, some of it warranted and some it not. With the bandís new album, Mechanical Bull out now, Kings of Leon has been back doing press for and Caleb has had to address questions about the issue yet again. Not because heís been drinking, but because heís had to come out and deny going to rehab and talk about not drinking. In an interview with Todd Hancock of 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver, Caleb wasnít asked by Hancock about the drinking specifically, but about the rehab stint that didnít happen and whether or not he was angry with his brothers and cousin that round out the band for not coming out in support of him when all of the rehab rumors were coming out.
ďI donít really read the press and stuff that much,Ē said Caleb answering Hancockís question. ďEspecially at that period, I wasnít reading anything. I was watching television, reading books, and hanging out with my wife. I was living life and trying to enjoy it. It definitely hurt a little bit. There was all of this stuff being said and no one really had my back. I donít want to speak on their behalf, but I think for them, they were exhausted too and didnít care. You can only answer so many questions and people are going to believe what theyíre going to believe. Theyíre going to say whatever gets peopleís attention. Iím a big boy, I donít get my feelings hurt that often. But, tís one of those things that every time I would see them, I would make sure that weíd have some kind of little competition where I could beat them. I beat them back one horseshoe game at a time.Ē
Of course all of the news about Followill checking in to rehab started at the end of 2011 after the band finished up their record cycle for Come Around Sundown. Caleb didnít actually go to rehab, but the band did take some much needed time off. During the interview Hancock also asked Caleb about that break and how bad Kings of Leon needed it.
ďLooking back itís evident that we needed that break and we should have taken it sooner than when we did. Itís always better to take a break to avoid having your body break down, as opposed to waiting until your body breaks down and then you have to take a break. We needed it. We learned a lot from it. We learned that now after this record cycles done, taking a break isnít a bad thing. Now, especially with us having families, we want to work as hard as we can so we can take that break and we can recharge our batteries.Ē
Thanks to Hancock and The Fox for helping us with the story. You can pick up Mechanical Bull now.