Interview: Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill

Kings of Leon plays Webster Hall tomorrow September 23. The show is sold out.

"'Sex on Fire'--I kind of wrote it when I was drunk."


Caleb is the one in the vest

Early signs suggest a successful fall season for the four Followills who make up Kings of Leon. Possibly even a breakthrough: within hours of the official onsale for their upcoming tour of not-so-small theaters, nothing was left in most cities except for a few last row seats in the balcony. Ducats for the boys' September 23 record release performance at Webster Hall are now trading at six-to-seven times face value. And as a warm-up, the central Tennessee quartet--brothers Caleb, Jared, and Nathan, along with cousin Matthew--emerged nationwide this past Saturday as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

In the afternoon following John McCain's speech at the Republican National Convention and a surprising Vanderbilt victory over Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks, we spoke by phone with KoL lead guitarist Caleb Followill about wasabi snorting, songwriting under the influence, and the transitory lyrics of "Sex on Fire," the first single from the band's upcoming fourth full-length, Only by the Night. -- Rob Trucks

Tell me something you've never ever done in your life.

That's tough. There's so many. Let's see here. I've never swum with the sharks.

Tell me something that you've done once and one time only.

I flew in my step-dad's airplane.

The name of a book that you've read at least twice.

Catcher in the Rye.

The name of a movie you've seen at least three times.

Dumb and Dumber.

And for the last of the-short answer questions, do you own a rake?

No, I do not.

Caleb, did you watch television last night?

Yeah, I did actually. I watched a football game.

The Vandy game or the Giants game?

The Vandy game.

Well, that must've been nice, if you care about the hometown at all.

Yeah, we were actually at a bar right next to the stadium so we could hear the cheers while we were watching.



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