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They were one of the biggest rock bands in the world. By 2011, Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon had climbed the charts, opened for the likes of U2 and Pearl Jam and won fans all over the globe. Life for brothers Caleb, Nathan, Jared -- and cousin Matthew -- Followill was about as far as it could get from the humble Southern roots of their childhood. As the sons of a Pentecostal preacher, the Followill brothers had grown up in the church, home-schooled and perpetually out on the road, camping wherever their father was scheduled to preach. When their parents divorced, they discovered the raw power of Led Zeppelin and the blues revival of The White Stripes, hit Nashville and formed the band that would go on to sell millions of records. But the rock 'n’ roll lifestyle eventually caught up with them and the exhausted band started coming apart at the seams. Now, after taking a break and then holing up in their new Nashville studio, they’re back with their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull.
Fresh off their appearance on Hockey Night In Canada's Face-Off festival they sat down in the red chairs to talk about family, rock 'n' roll and their new album.