Kings of Leon are on tour and en route to Australia.

In little more than a week the four-piece out of Oklahoma in the United States will head to the Gold Coast for one of nine shows while in the country.

Only two months ago KOL were in trouble. Lead singer and guitarist Caleb Followill walked off stage never to return at a Dallas show.

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The frontman had complained of the heat throughout the concert and promised the crowd: "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit. I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs."

He didn't return to the stage and Jared Followill, bassist, was forced to announce the news to disappointed fans.

The remainder of the US tour was cancelled with the band's management citing "exhaustion" as the reason.
Several sources claimed alcohol was actually the root of the problem and Jared's Twitter comments did little to stem the claims.

He tweeted: "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words."

Adding: "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."

Whatever the "problem" was, it looks to be sorted as the three brothers (Nathan, drums) and one cousin (Matthew, guitar) picked up on the tour as scheduled. And as far as reviews go, KOL are back to their note-perfect live performances.

When KOL were last in Australia they were at the top of their game.

That was in March 2009. A year earlier the band's third LP, Only By The Night, out-sold any other album in Australia, reaching platinum sales nine times over.

Four singles from the album featured in Triple J's Hottest 100, including the no.1 position with Sex On Fire and Use Somebody at no.3.

The album was on constant repeat for near on four months in my final year of university, so much so whenever those first guitar notes ring in and the drum beat follows, on opener Closer, I'm transported back to those beach-filled days.

A neighbour and I were lucky enough to pick-up the last two tickets to see the band live in Brisbane. We were at opposite sides of the stadium, but it didn't matter.

Watching KOL as they played On Call (Because Of The Times, 2007) a tear dripped down my cheek.

Not because I was moved by the atmosphere of mobile phones waving through the air or Caleb's pitch-perfect vocal, but because of a personal regret from a few nights earlier.

The band, members of which were brought up in a strict religious family, copped flak after leaving stage mid-2010 in the pigeon incident. KOL refused to play on after Jared got pigeon poo in his mouth.

Last year KOL released Come Around Sundown, a move away from the stadium-filling anthems they resented on their 2009 tour.

The album isn't as smooth and is seen as a return to their previous southern blues style. It has been a success with single Radioactive nominated for a Grammy Award, but it has been far from the success of Only By The Night.

We all have our regrets, some are just more public than others. So the Queen has left Australia, but the Kings soon enter.

It's time they took back their throne.

Besides, spats, splats and perhaps the occasional splash, Kings Of Leon shouldn't have too much to worry about when they play Gold Coast, Convention and Exhibition Centre, November 9. Tickets from $129.  



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