"We basically had the whole plane," he added. "We took everyone on tour in England and it was the best of my life; to be able to come home and not have just a dark hotel room."
At only 2 years old, Knox may not understand what he's part of now, but Matthew is adamant that when he's old enough to appreciate his famous family, he'll let the "little turd" know he rocked out with Kings of Leon on a world tour.
Tour dates for "Mechanical Bull" will be announced in October, the first tour since the band cancelled a number of shows in 2011 due to "internal sickness & problems," according to Jared's tweets. There were also rumors of a drinking problem and even rehab for frontman Caleb. But despite "still using the F-word in one song," Jared said having families now in the mix, the music and new tour would reflect that.
"We obviously didn't go in there thinking like we're going to make it more kid friendly or change anything necessarily about the music," he added. "[But] if anything maybe the music sounds a little bit more childish in a sense."
|"Last night it would have been Jameson shots. Instead, I'm just hung over from tasting too many wines."|
And it appears the wives had added more than just bundles of joy to a band that released its debut album "Youth & Youth Manhood" in 2003 -- a record The Guardian gave five stars. The ladies have given the band a fresh take, but only "behind closed doors," said Jared.
In the Kings' latest bio, Caleb admits he knew he was onto something with this new record when he'd be trying out songs at home and Lily would open her door, shouting "What is THAT? Record that!"
"Like Lily would never say anything in front of us," Jared responded. "[But] you definitely love having that extra opinion. You ask [the wives] what's standing out to them, if they don't like something, if they do like something."
With that said, marriage and rug rats may dominate the band's time and take up a few extra seats on tour, but the Kings are still rock stars. They still know how to unwind after spending hours in the studio -- albeit, maybe in a different way. The night before the trip to New York, the band hosted a food and wine festival in Nashville. Jared and his wife Martha didn't refrain from partaking in a more mature offering of libations.
"Last night it would have been Jameson shots," he said. "Instead, I'm just hung over from tasting too many wines."
Jared, the youngest Followill by at least two years and the only member of the band without child, added that having a child with a world tour looming would be insanity. Plus, he was just married last year. So, while he's not actively trying to for a kid, he's just enjoying his role as hip uncle.
"I get to play with them until they start crying," he said. "Then they go back to their daddies."
Through it all -- diverging from a devout religious upbringing to form one of the biggest bands in the world, along with drinking and partying to the brink of implosion, to come full circle and become the family men they are today -- it looks as though the four princes have learned what it means to be Kings.
|The Kings and Klipsch: "It Was Always Kings of Leon."|
The Kings of Leon are known as a band that doesn't sell out. That is until they met Paul Jacobs, CEO of Klipsch, a speaker and headphone manufacturer out of Indianapolis. Klipsch will be the title sponsor for the band's North American tour next year.
Jacobs said that while Beats by Dre and other companies have been signing artists for years, his company wanted to find a partner that would stay true to their brand. "This company is like a family. The Followills are a family," Jacobs said. "There are a lot of musicians that will sign up for crap. But the one group that never signed a deal was the Kings of Leon."
Jacobs said he got to meet with the band and their families and knew the Kings were the band for them. "We started with 100 bands in the vetting process and it was always Kings of Leon."