Steele also speaks about his old band Sleepy Jackson

Empire Of The Sun singer Luke Steele has revealed that the band were recently forced to cancel a number of promotional commitments due to him suffering from exhaustion.

Steele said that a whirlwind tour of the UK, North and South America saw him shed 10kg, prompting doctors to advise him to take time out to rest.

“I arrived back in Australia and couldn’t find the energy to do anything. I couldn’t move and I hardly ate,” he told The Sun.

He added: “The doctor said I was exhausted physically and mentally. I’m now on a high-protein diet and taking shakes to build up my strength. I also go on 2km walks every morning with my wife, my daughter and my dog.”

Steele also shed light on his former band The Sleepy Jackson, whose last record ‘Personality – One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird’ was released in 2006.

He said: “I suddenly realised I was paying the guys in The Sleepy Jackson every month and they weren’t really doing anything. I decided to move away from that for now.”

Empire Of The Sun are currently planning their debut live show, a headline slot at Sydney‘s Parklife Festival, on September 27.

Steele joked that he wants to get chef Gordon Ramsay to perform a cook-off onstage, and added that he has asked director Steven Spielberg (who directed the film the band took their name from) to appear.

“We’ve asked Steven Spielberg to fly in on a helicopter and host the event,” he laughed. “His movie inspired the name of our band so we want to include him.”