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Saturday 20 September 2014

KoL's Caleb took steroids for voice

Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill admits boozing took its toll on his voice

Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has revealed how he relied steroid injections to save his voice from alcohol abuse.

The group's lead singer admitted that the jabs helped to get his voice back on track after hitting the bottle hard on their 2011 summer tour.

"When you're going as fast as we were going, or working as hard as we were, you get into a rhythm. Then it becomes a case of, well if I'm gonna go out there and kick ass tonight then I need to grab a couple of drinks first," he told Q magazine.

"And I'm going to need a steroid shot just to sing. After a while, that gets on top of you," added the 31-year-old rocker.

Caleb, who has settled down with Victoria's Secret model wife Lily Aldridge and their 14-month-old daughter Dixie Pearl, decided to quit drinking for a year. He now enjoys the occasional boozing session.

"I gave up drinking for about a year. I needed a break. I eased myself back in. I know when it's time to let my hair down now and when it's time not to," he said.

He also said that Kings Of Leon, which consists of his brother Nathan and Jared and their cousin Matthew, have no plans to call time on the band. Their new album Mechanical Bull will be released on September 23.

Caleb added: "I know people thought we were going to break up but I was never going to quit, put it that way. And how do you break up with your brothers, anyway?"

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