True Music

By Carlos Roberto

Kings of Leon: The Music Must Go On

When I began writing this column, I planned on ending with this quote: “Without music life will be a mistake” — Friedrich Nietzsche. However, in this version, I start with it. The reason? Because today the music world is unhappy as a result of having to live without live music from Kings of Leon.

It began last Friday in Dallas when a KoL concert came to an unexpected end after lead singer Caleb Followill suddenly walked off the stage. By Monday, the band’s entire tour had been cancelled due to Caleb’s vocal issues and exhaustion.

At times like these, we need to unite as a music family and support the artists that bring so much joy to our lives.

“The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break,” reads a statement from the group’s rep. And it appears Caleb is ill — and he needs our unconditional support.

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the character of Atticus Finch said, “You never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them.”

Imagine having to shoulder the happiness of millions of fans and having to please sold out stadiums every night, whether you are happy or sad, feeling well or under the weather.

We wish Caleb a speedy and full recovery. It’s the least we can do.

Kings of Leon’s early music was an upbeat blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded over the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound.

Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with a total of nine Top 40 singles, two Brit Awards in 2008 and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaking in the top five on the U.K. Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, reached the No. 1 spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles “Sex on Fire “, “Use Somebody” and “Notion” all peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album itself was their first ever platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. And millions of fans around the world love it. Get the latest KoL news at: www.kingsofleon.com.

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