Kings of Leon cancel remainder of their American tour following incident in Dallas

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Following Friday night’s controversial concert in Dallas, Texas, during which singer Caleb Followill wandered off stage and was deemed “unfit” to finish his performance, Kings of Leon have canceled their entire US tour.

Through a spokesperson, the band announced on Monday that Followill was “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion.”

“The band is devastated,” said the rep in a statement. “But in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break.”

Over the weekend, video footage of Followill slurring his words on stage and confronting the crowd went viral. “For the record, I’m not drunk,” he said in the clip. “I’m about to fall down here because I’m so f–in’ hot.”

But bassist Jared Followill later admitted over Twitter that “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed” and “there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

Due to the band’s international tour schedule, the US tour dates will not be rescheduled, but tickets will be refunded.  The band will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th for a show that was originally scheduled for September 14.

“Utterly depressed,” Jared tweeted in response to the cancellations. “It’s completely out of my hands. Family has to come 1st.”

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  • Mike

    Riiiiiiiiiight. Sounds like these excuses were plucked right from the Amy Winehouse publicist playbook!

    • JJ

      Translation: We’re cancelling the tour because of low ticket sales.

      • jj

        sold out shows ma’am

      • Tom

        They should have taken that offer to use their song on Glee. Just sayin’

      • mark

        Uh, editor’s error– Rogers Center is in Toronto, ON NOT Vancouver.

      • No Tom Youre Wrong

        Glee?
        Really?
        We’re still bringing that up?

    • Greg

      Is exhaustion the new code word for too much blow?

  • nick

    if he’s that hot, why is he wearing that leather jacket??

    • Ms. Chanandler Bong

      I hope this is sarcasm because I totally snorted…

      • Nancy

        Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of musicians… check it out
        youtube.com/watch?v=UEFV8YGXhhU

  • Ms. Chanandler Bong

    Glad I saw them last summer before the ‘fatigue’ although it was sad that stadium sing along only picked up during the later album songs.

    • Reba

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      • cal

        no it’s not

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  • Stacie

    I bet the rest of the band is pissed.

    • Nancy

      Did they refund those people in St Louis they cancelled on last year because of pigeon poop? Why don’t they just retired already. They suck.

      • Dr. Chim Richalds

        This.

  • Reba

    Kings of Leon, like other successful rock bands, have a history of partying hard. Unfortunately, Caleb Followill’s drinking has been an issue that has been highlighted in almost all of the major magazines the boys have given interviews to. Caleb has serious anger, depression, and drinking issues. I hope he gets the help he needs because he is too talented to fall victim to this crap.

    • Nancy

      Come Around Sundown got a 3.6 out of 10 on pitchfork dot com. You guys aren’t worth 50 dollars for a concert ticket.

      • Noelbelle

        Come Around Sundown really was not my fav album ever, but they really are very good live despite a lack of charisma on the part of the lead singer. I was very impressed with the live show I saw a couple years ago.

  • K

    The concert sucked Friday night in Dallas! I want my money back!

    • Nancy

      This band always screws their fans.

  • The Dolt

    Menudo is a better group anyway.

    • candace

      HA!

  • John M.

    Please take into consideration how hot it’s been in Dallas lately.

    • Nancy

      Either get in shape to tour, or don’t tour at all. You only have to work 2 hours a day when most people have to work in that heat 12 hours a day.

      • Charli Harper’s Ghosst

        Exactly! U2 just finished a 2-year tour. And their last show was just as good as the first. If I’m not mistaken, they are quite a bit older than the fellas in KoL?

      • Meli

        And remember U2 actually made up dates they had to cancel because of Bono’s back surgery. They actually extended the tour to make up those dates. Why KoL can’t do that is beyond me.

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    I bet Ryan Murphy loves this.

    • Ryan

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  • The Dolt

    Maybe now we can pay attention to real talent like Willow Smith. I’ve learned to whip my back hair back and forth.

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  • Mike

    First off, since someone brought up the “Glee incident”. I actually respected them for that, not letting Ryan Murphy use thier song… good for them.
    That being said, why are these guys such a bunch of f***ing whiners? They cancelled a show because of bird poo, they cancel becasue it’s “too hot” and then cancel rest of their tour. I’ve never heard a band whine so much and it really kills my respect for them.

  • Meli

    You have to read between the lines of publicists. ‘Exhaustion’ is celebrity-speak for either ‘nervous breakdown’ or ‘drunk/strung out’. And ‘treatment for exhaustion’ is usually ‘rehab’. Maybe Calb Followill can enter the Betty Ford Center and not only dry out, but get some man training.

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