Kings of Leon fans were thoroughly disappointed on Monday, when the band announced they would be canceling the remaining shows on their U.S. tour. The Grammy-winning musicians said their decision was due to their lead singer Caleb Followill, who was "suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion."
But insiders close to the band say there's more to the story.
"They are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab. It is mostly for alcohol," the source told UsWeekly. "[That's why] they ended up canceling the whole tour... he drinks like a fish."
There seems to be some truth behind the drinking talk, as Followill bowed out in the middle of a concert in Dallas on Friday. "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer," he told the crowd, leaving his bandmates to clean up his mess and play the rest of the show.
"It's true," another source says. "Caleb's drinking is out of control and they are trying to get him into rehab. It's a dark demon he has been fighting for awhile."
But the band is sticking with their original story. "The reason for the cancellation of the tour is Caleb is under doctor's orders for vocal rest," a rep told Us. "They feel terrible about canceling. They look forward to getting back on the road at the end of September."
Still, Caleb's bandmate and brother Jared alluded to deeper issues via Twitter on Saturday. "There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed," he wrote. "I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."
We hope if Caleb does need help, he gets it soon.