Kings Of Leon’s Tribute To Ryan Dunn, Movie, And Possible Solo Project
Kings of Leon were everywhere you looked about a year and a half ago, that pattern is starting to repeat itself as the band popped up multiple times in the news this week. We have the latest on their documentary, tribute to friend Ryan Dunn, and a possible solo disc from singer Caleb Followill.
While Kings of Leon’s latest disc didn’t repeat the incredible success of ‘Only by the Night’, ‘Come Around Sundown’ still sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band is currently touring overseas and took time on stage to honor their friend, Ryan Dunn, in London Wednesday night. After asking the crowd to raise their glasses, frontman Caleb Followill said “to a friend of ours who’s passed away, this is for Ryan”, the band then played ‘McFearless’. You can check out some fan footage of them playing the song below as images of Dunn are projected on the backdrop. Prior to the show, bass player Jared Followill tweeted:
“I’m heartbroken to say that our great friend we made over the last 8 months has passed away. Honestly in shock. Devastated. RIP Ryan Dunn .”
The band is also preparing to release the documentary ‘Talahina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon’, which they have described as half documentary and half mockumentary (a la ‘Spinal Tap’). As can be expected with a band containing 3 brothers and a cousin, the documentary shows the band “acting the way that people would never want themselves to be seen”. Drummer Nathan Followill elaborated to NME:
“It shows us fighting and the alcohol face and bloated and puking from too much partying and Jared with a girl 12 years older than him on tour…It shows us being us, not at our best and not scared for people to see that.”
In a separate interview with The Belfast Telegraph, Caleb spoke about the possibility of the band branching out from each other temporarily:
“When you get in there [the studio] sometimes you just throw it all away and say ‘Alright, well let’s make this music together…and the things that you love that you’ve been working on, sometimes you have to put it on the back burner and you just know that one day it will be heard, but it might not be Kings Of Leon that’ll be putting it out. It might be some up-and-coming singer or it might be us individually doing a project. You never know.”