Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has said that the band considered dropping ‘Sex On Fire’ from their setlist when they play live.
The band, who release new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ later this month, revealed their thoughts on the smash hit single, confirming that they find it surprising to see fans watching them live and leave after they play it. Followill also said that fans were not interested when the band played rarer and less immediate songs from their back catalogue.
Asked by Shortlist if it was ever mentioned that Kings Of Leon would not play ‘Sex on Fire’ again, Caleb Followill replied in the affirmative, saying: “I would say two years back it was definitely a thing where we’d play some of our deeper-cut songs – all sorts of rarities – and people would all go get a beer or take a piss. Then ‘Sex On Fire’ would happen and we were just like, ‘Aargh!’ I’ve come to terms with it. Playing that song, it’s like a pat on the back to think we created it. No matter where we go it always gets that reaction.”
Drummer Nathan Followill added: “Plus, it’s fun to watch the ants marching back from the bathroom. I mean, as soon as that song is over you see people just bee-lining for the exits. And it’s like, ‘OK. You just paid £40 for one song, that’s fine.”
Caleb Followill recently 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.
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.