Icons of Alternative | Kings of Leon

 

LONDON – SEPTEMBER 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Nathan Followill, Matthew Followill, Caleb Followill and Jared Followill the band members of Kings of Leon pose for a portrait session at the Soho Hotel on September 15, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)

 

Kings of Leon FACTS

-Although the band is made up of three brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, and one cousin, Matthew Followill (lead guitar), those aren’t their first names; they’re their middle names. OK, let’s take the above picture, from left to right: Matthew’s first name is Cameron, Nathan’s is Ivan, Caleb’s is Anthony and Jared’s is Michael.

-Kings Of Leon have taken to walking on stage to the dramatic strains of Mozart’s Requiem In D Minor

-Worldwide, Only By The Night, has sold almost 3 million copies, going platinum in Canada, Australia, South Africa and Belgium and multiplatinum in the United Kingdom.

-By contrast, Only By The Night has sold 458,000 in their homeland.

-The band won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a duo or group with vocals for their single Sex On Fire

-When RCA first showed interest in signing the band, it wanted only Caleb and Nathan, with the intention of picking a backing group for them. But the brothers insisted on bringing in their little brother and cousin.

-Jared was only 16 when the band released their debut EP, ‘Holy Roller Novocaine,’ in 2003. Even though his brothers wanted him in the band, he still didn’t know how to play his bass when they made the record.

-The Followills found the title of their 2003 debut album, ‘Youth & Young Manhood,’ inside one of their dad’s Bibles. They said it accompanied a picture of Moses’ family tree.

-If you remove the plastic case that holds the disc of the band’s second album, 2005’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak,’ you’ll find a photo of the four Followill boys taken years before they knew what ‘Sex on Fire’ meant.

-Kings of Leon’s biggest hit has been covered by more artists than we have the space to list here, including Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, One Direction, Bat for Lashes and ‘American Idol”s Lee DeWyze.

-After pigeons did their business on Jared during a 2010 show in St. Louis, the band left the stage, citing a toxic health hazard. A year later they pulled the same thing in Dallas, but this time because Caleb was drunk.

-Yes, Kings of Leon have another family member on their payroll — their cousin, who serves as their tour technician and hits the road with them. And yes, his name is Nacho.

 

 

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