Springsteen's Career Advice For Followill
Kings Of Leon rocker Nathan Followill learned how to stay grounded in the glitzy world of showbiz after Bruce Springsteen gave him a pep talk on surviving as an international rock star.
The drummer and his wife, singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin, met The Boss backstage after a show in his native New Jersey, and the Born in the U.S.A. hitmaker wasted no time in imparting some words of wisdom.
And his advice stunned the couple - Springsteen insisted being a rock god is just a "job".
Followill tells Uncut magazine, "My wife's from Jersey. Her parents were in town to see Bruce Springsteen. After the show, I hung out with him. I was expecting this larger-than-life kind of guy, but he was just so chilled out and so quiet.
"And he said something that I'll never forget. 'Man, you guys,' he says. 'I'm so proud you all are doing good. You seem like level-headed guys. Keep your heads on straight. And never forget who you are. For two-and-a-half hours a night I'm The Boss. The other 21-and-a-half, my wife is the boss. Never forget who you are.'
"So what I got was, basically, when you're onstage you're the s**t, you're the King, but as soon as you step off, you're just a normal guy just like everybody else. That was your job. You just got off work."