Kings of Leon Urge Caleb Followill to Enter Rehab

Sources say band members are concerned about frontman's drinking problem

August 2, 2011 12:55 PM ET
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Though the Kings of Leon have canceled the remainder of their summer tour through the United States due to frontman Caleb Followill suffering from "vocal issues and exhaustion," an insider close to the band has told Us Weekly that the real reason for the cancellation is to do with the singer's drinking problem. "They are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab," the source says. "[That's why] they ended up canceling the whole tour. He drinks like a fish."

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Kings of Leon were forced to cut short a concert in Dallas on Friday when Followill abandoned the stage after telling the crowd "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer."

A second source told US Weekly "It's true. Caleb's drinking is out of control and they are trying to get him into rehab. It's a dark demon he's been fighting for awhile."

Photos: Kings of Leon at Home

Though bassist Jared Followill hinted at major issues in the band in a series of tweets over the weekend, the Kings of Leon's representative is sticking with the exhaustion story, and told Us Weekly that the band "look forward to getting back on the road at the end of September." The band may be reluctant to address Caleb Followill's apparent drinking problem because that information could lead to major financial and legal hassles regarding the cancellation of the tour.

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