Kings of Leon announced they were canceling the remainder of their U.S. tour, citing frontman Caleb Followill’s “vocal issues and exhaustion.” The news followed an incident during the band’s concert in Dallas which ended abruptly after Caleb repeatedly complained about the heat before leaving the stage. “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,” Caleb told the crowd.
Their statement reads:
We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band’s international tour schedule. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or via phones will be automatically refunded. The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule for September 14th.
Watch concertgoer filmed footage of Caleb exiting the stage in Dallas below.
White Lies singer Harry McVeigh tells NME that he’d like the group to follow in the career tragetory of Kings of Leon. “I’ve been reading a lot of things about Kings Of Leon’s career path,” McVeigh said. “Whether you like them or not, they were on a perfect rise to the level they were at. With each record they’ve grown in popularity, and I think that’s a really comfortable way to become one of the biggest bands in the world.”
12 fire engines and 60 firefighters were called to London’s O2 Arena after the Kings of Leon’s tour buses caught on fire, forcing the band to cancel their gig at the venue. Nathan Followill told his Twitter followers (@doctorfollowill):
I’m so bummed about 2nites show. Sorry 4 the fans, 4 our crew who lost all their sh**, including passports. I’m thankful everyone’s safe.
Watch a report from ITN below.
People magazine reports Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill is engaged after poppomg the question to his girlfriend, Lily Aldridge. Caleb set to join his bandmate and brother Nathan as a married man after he got hitched last November. Aldridge appeared in the band’s video for ‘Use Somebody’ and has been dating Caleb for over two years.
Kings of Leon are out with the music video to their new single ‘Radioactive’, the first release off the Franklin, Tennessee rock band’s fifth studio album ‘Come Around Sundown’, out October 19th on RCA Records. Watch it via MyPlay below.
Fuse has a behind the scene intimate look at the Kings of Leon as they prepared to play the mainstage at Bonnaroo 2010. The band talk about how the festival was their first in America in 2004 after doing several in the UK, what’s changed since the ’04 show, and how being brothers has kept them from breaking up after fights. Watch the 3-part feature via YouTube below.
Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon joined Geoff Lloyd backstage at the V Festival 2010 ahead of their Saturday headline set at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. The brothers discussed their helicopter arrival, living on the road, considering themselves a pretty hard working band, what to expect with their new album ‘Come Around Sundown’, and getting a good reaction playing their new music live. “I think it has a little bit of every record that we’ve made to this point,” Nathan said of the new CD. “Not to sound cheesy, but I think it’s a reflection on where we’ve come from and also a little insight on the direction we’re taking it from here.” Watch the interview (and no, they weren’t asked about pigeons) via YouTube below.
Jared Followill of King of Leon is speaking out about the band’s infamous concert in St. Louis, Missouri, which was cut short after pigeons on the stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater pooped on the singer. “I walked up there trying to think positive and within 30 seconds, splat, right on my face. Can’t touch it, can’t move,” Jared told The Sun. “Started the second song, then boom. Third song, boom. I was willing to pull through but our management wanted us off stage. They weren’t going to allow me to catch a parasite, or get an infection in my eye and be forced to cancel the whole tour. Our crew members have families to support.”
Kings of Leon are out with a live video for their new single ‘Crawl’, off the American rock group’s fourth studio album ‘Only by the Night’, out now on RCA. Watch it via Vevo below.
Kings of Leon are out with footage from their ‘Notion’ performance at the O2 in London, England. Watch it via their MySpace below.