Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill: 'I've never been to rehab'

Frontman denies rumours he has drinking problem but admits he has cut down alcohol intake

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Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has said that he has never been to rehab and denied rumours he is an alcoholic.

The frontman of the band, who release their new album 'Mechanical Bull' in September, spoke out against suggestions he had to get help for his drinking habits after a US tour in 2011 was cancelled. At the time the band cited "internal sicknesses and problems that need to be addressed" as for the reason for pulling out of the gigs.

Speaking to The Telegraph about what he is like when he has been drinking, Followill said: "Once I start to drink you don’t want to be around me because there’s a level of brutal honesty, if not just pure meanness." The frontman also later added: "In a way, I lash out at everyone else ’cause that’s when I start to point fingers at myself. I don’t know what I’m tormented by but it’s something. Maybe I’m just a drunk."

However, the singer was keen to stress that he still drinks and never received help with his habit. "I’ve never been to rehab," he said. "I just stopped. I enjoyed rediscovering what it’s like to be normal, and not play the role people expect. It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. It doesn’t mean there aren’t gonna be times when we all want to cut loose and let our hair down. But I enjoy not drinking. Next time you see me, you’ll probably be saying, well, that didn’t last long."

Meanwhile, drummer Nathan Followill recently said the band's new album 'Mechanical Bull' is influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age. Followill said that one track on the group's new LP is reminiscent of Josh Homme's work, while other influences included Sly And The Family Stone and country music.

'Mechanical Bull' will be released on September 24. Bassist Jared Followill told NME in March of this year: "I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds." Since then, Jared has revealed that the album is "more musically complicated" than the band's previous efforts. In a Q&A with fans on Twitter in May 27, he also said the "vibe" of the record could be compared to their first two albums - 2003's 'Youth & Young Manhood' and 2004's 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' - but that the songs sounded like a "culmination" of all their previous work.

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