KoL in the News – Again

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If you recall last week the Kings of Leon made it into the news for walking out in the middle of a concert, lead singer Caleb Followill informed the crowd that he needed to go throw-up and have a beer and even told the audience, “For the record, I’m not drunk ““ I’m just fucking hot.” before walking off the stage. Later brother Jared tweeted “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” leading everyone to believe there was a family riff brewing or just plain brew brewing.

Well since that time KoL canceled their 29 remaining shows of their U.S. summer tour. This was blamed on vocal problems and exhaustion with Followill telling reporters, “I’m just trying to get better.”

And that’s not all.

Vector Management is citing copyright laws and has successfully removed several clips from YouTube, featuring Followill complaining to fans before leaving the stage. The crime here is that the videos being taken down are not even copyrightable. The videos are of the band talking and not singing. While the music is most certainly copyrightable any conversations on stage are not.

Speculation is that Vector Management’s trying to remove potentially incriminating evidence of Followill possibly being drunk, rather than being exhausted prior to walking off. Incriminating evidence? There hasn’t even been a crime committed, so why pull all those clips? Because if it was exhaustion Vector/KoL has insurance to cover the costs of the concert being canceled. If it was something caused by Followill such as drinking too much, then the insurance policy won’t cover it.

So really the crime hasn’t occurred, but soon will when KoL and Vector Management claim exhaustion as opposed to what is really going on. Then the evidence will turn to the fact that Vector was pulling incriminating videos with no just cause.

And whats up with YouTube honoring a request to pull videos that are NOT covered under copyright laws! Now that’s the real crime and puts this in our WTF department.

Want to catch a peek at the controversial video? Head on over the The Hollywood Reporter.


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