Kings of Leon find enemies in Groove Armada

16/09/2010
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Groove Armada's Andy Cato has spoken out about his dislike of Kings of Leon.

Cato, in a blog on Groove Armada's official website, vented his anger at the American rock band following a recent appearance at the UK's V Festival.

He began his tale by outlining a long wait he had to enter the shower compound backstage at the festival, a problem Cato thought was solved when he spotted an empty shower block behind temporary fencing.

"A couple of us found a gap in the barrier. Out of nowhere came a very large man. "Reserved for the Kings of Leon" he said, "and so is this half of the artist toilets"," Cato wrote.

"It's hard to believe that someone actually phoned their agent and said "listen I know that Paul Weller, Kasabian, Florence, Stereophonics, Groove Armada + co are all sharing the artist village and facilities, but we require that you put a fence down the middle of the toilets and showers and put a large man there to keep them just for us." But somebody did."

The attack on Kings of Leon doesn't end there, however, with another incident during the festival sparking Cato's ire.

"Backstage again, we were outside the catering tent, about to cross the path back to the dressing rooms when loads of massive blokes in suits and shades came out of nowhere shouting "don't move, don't move, DO NOT move" whilst pushing people back to the sides of the track. Was it Obama?" Cato mused.

"Tom explained that he was just crossing over to the dressing room to start getting ready.

""No you're not" said a big man.

""Yes I am" said tom.

"Out came the enormous hand.

"The conversation between tom and the big man got more heated. Then 4 blacked out range rovers came round the corner. One for each King of Leon. As it became clear what all this presidential fuss was about, tom gave the worldwide one fingered sign of dislike as the cars went past," Cato revealed.

"The last one stopped. The drummer got out making "come on then" type gestures. "Come on then" tom gestured back. Instead, the drummer went back behind his bodyguards, and, pointing towards Tom, Paul Weller, and the various other musicians who were pinned by the side of the road, said "I want them removed.""

After another altercation with the band's security, the promoter of V Festival intervened to help smooth tihngs over.

"...this was all happening backstage in the area shared by all the bands," Cato reminded his readers. "Was Paul Weller going to hound them for autographs? Was Florence going to wrestle them to the ground? Or maybe Stereophonics were going to ask them to write "your sex is on fire" on an album sleeve?"

Ouch. It sounds like the Kings of Leon backlash is in full swing, with the opening round going to Groove Armada.

 

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