Aidin Vaziri | Just hours before his band was forced off the stage by pooping pigeons in St. Louis, we had a chance to chat with Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill about the perils of life on the road, the rousing success of 2008’s platinum-selling “Only by the Night,” and nabbing three Grammys. Not bad for a band of three brothers who, along with a cousin, were living out of the back of their Pentecostal minister father’s station wagon just a few years ago.
Jared Followill of Kings of Leon
Q: How hard do you grit your teeth every time you play “Use Somebody”?
A: I don’t because it still feels fresh and new to me. I don’t listen to the radio so I don’t hear it as much as everybody else. But I can imagine people in the audience hating it. It would be great if it got retired for 10 years and then people got to hear it again. I actually prefer playing stuff from “Only by the Night” as opposed to some of our older stuff because it’s only two years old so it still has edge. All I know is the place goes crazy every time we play it. It can give you chill bumps.
Q: Do things like Grammys matter to you?
A: That’s insane. Our category was ridiculous. I think it was Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, um, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin. I know the other guys are going to be mad at me for saying this but truthfully I just love trophies. I always have. Even when I was playing football or basketball or whatever. I’m a big fun of having trophies. That’s the best part of being in a band.