Kings of Leon end U.S. tour after singer deemed ‘unfit’ to play

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Kings of Leon were forced to cancel the rest of their U.S. tour following a stop in Dallas when lead singer Caleb Followill was deemed “unfit” to finish.

During the Dallas gig Friday night, Followill cut the band’s set short after complaining of the heat.


“For the record, I’m not drunk, I’m just ... hot…I’m about to fall down over here because I’m so daggum hot,” he said in a fan video (warning: contains profanity) that surface on YouTube. “I’m gonna go backstage for a second and I’m gonna vomit, I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.” He never returned and band members were left apologizing profusely to the booing audience.

“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,” a statement on the band’s website read. “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.”

Rumors of internal conflict within the family band immediately followed after Nathan Followill offered “a million I’m sorry’s” and said he was “ashamed & embarrassed” by the “fiasco.” While bassist Jared Followill took to Twitter to write “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed” and “there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” He later wrote the cancellation left him “utterly depressed.”

Jared then later stressed that fans shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” and the band has no plans on breaking up.

The band is scheduled to resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver on Sept. 28. That show was originally scheduled for Sept. 14.


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