Kings Of Leon joke about ‘porn star’ past at Isle Of Wight

Band play 'Come Around Sundown' hits at island event

Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill joked about having a “porn star” past in an emotional speech to the crowd towards the end of the band’s headline set at the Isle Of Wight Festival tonight (June 10).

Heading up the opening day of the festival the frontman also spoke of how, despite being in the band since 1999, he had only just started to really enjoy life as a rock star.

“I’m trying to learn how to be a good frontman, I’m terrible at it,” he said from the stage. “I’m about to turn 30 years old, and I’m starting to have fun doing this, man. I don’t know why it took me so long. I’ve had a lot of jobs before this… I was a porn star for a while – it didn’t work out.”

Review: Kings of Leon at Isle of Wight

The show will be Kings Of Leon‘s only UK festival gig of 2011. The Tennessee band played songs from throughout their career, including a large number of tracks from their last album 2010’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ including ‘Radioactive’, ‘Pyro’ and ‘Back Down South’.

After the gig, which followed a burst of rain, drummer Nathan Followill tweeted from “Thanks for powering through the elements. Can’t wait to come back. Fucking awesome crowd. PS I’m still smiling.”

Kings Of Leon played:

‘Four Kicks’
‘Taper Jean Girl’
‘The Bucket’
‘Spiral Staircase’
‘The Immortals’
‘Back Down South’
‘No Money’
‘Molly’s Chambers’
‘On Call’
‘Knocked Up’
‘Use Somebody’
‘Sex On Fire’
‘Black Thumbnail’

The band will headline two shows in London’s Hyde Park on June 22 and 23.

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