S., and in late 2006, just before the release of Kings' third album, the band opened for Bob Dylan at a handful of shows.
(Number 25), released in April 2007, found the Kings moving even further away from their short songs with immediate hooks, but the general sound and substance remained the same, with lyrics about pregnant girlfriends and black Camaros.
Kings of Leon, named for their father, were born in 2000 when youngest brother Jared and a cousin, Matthew Followill, joined Nathan and Caleb in Nashville.
In 2008 Caleb Followill admitted to struggling with anorexia. With a slicker pop sound, the album drew mixed reviews but y cracked the Top Ten in the U. and topped the British charts for the second time in as many years.
The British press hailed the Kings as the second coming of rock & roll; according to , they were "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels the Rolling Stones longed to be." But the band failed to make much of an impact in the United States, where reviews were generally lukewarm and the modern rock audience generally disinterested. S., their debut sold only 100,000 copies, compared with the 750,000 copies it moved abroad.
The group's highly anticipated second album, (Number 55, 2005), released in November 2004 in the UK, debuted at Number Three on the British charts.
Forbidden to listen to secular music, they spent their early childhoods being home-schooled, watching church choirs and occasionally banging on drums during services.
The boys' fates as followers of fundamentalist Christianity seemed sealed until 1997, when Leon Followill resigned from the church and divorced his wife.
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