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Kings of Leon documentary airing Sunday

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The dysfunctional Kings of Leon may have canceled their summer North American tour — including next week’s planned show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre — but fans still have a group event to check out this weekend.

“Talihina Sky,” the documentary about Kings of Leon’s history by longtime friend Stephen Mitchell, debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on Showtime after a lauded premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in the spring. Interest is even higher after the onstage meltdown in Dallas that led to the tour cancellation, but Mitchell tells the Pulse of Radio syndicate that he thinks the group, which has won three Grammy Awards, is just going through some growing pains.

“I think handling success is probably the most difficult challenge there is that’s out there,” Mitchell says, “and these boys have great friends in other bands like Eddie Vedder and Bono and just good big brothers that help ’em, kind of coach ’em through this. And so I just think it’s one of those things where getting to where you want to go is one thing, and then continuing that and advancing forward is a whole ’nother thing.

“I think that’s a process for any human being to learn how to handle.”

Mitchell’s film is a warts-and-all account, including scenes of frontman Caleb Followill drinking and smoking marijuana during an interview.

“Talihina Sky” is expected to be released on DVD this fall.

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