Kings of Leon cancel U.S. tour due to illness
Grammy-winning rockers Kings of Leon, who have Oklahoma ties, have canceled their entire U.S. tour following a disastrous show Friday in Dallas. In the announcement on KingsofLeon.com, the family band says that frontman Caleb Followill is suffering from “vocal issues” and exhaustion:
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.
On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that the band – brothers Caleb (vocals, guitar), Nathan (drums, vocals) and Jared (bass) Followill and first cousin Matthew Followill (lead guitar) – had promised a redo for Dallas fans after the lead singer left the stage mid-show and didn’t return. The band on Sunday announced plans to return to Dallas on Sept. 21 to make up for Friday’s mid-show cancellation, but now the group is saying it won’t resume touring until Sept. 28.
Nathan Followill apologized and reassured fans about the future of the band this afternoon on Twitter @doctorfollowill:
“Bummed about the tour not happening. So sorry 4 all the fans. We just need some rest. Thanks 4 understanding. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP!”
During Friday’s show at Gexa Energy Pavilion, lead singer Caleb Followill repeatedly complained that it was too hot and that his voice was suffering because of it, reports the AP.
“My voice is completely 100 percent gone,” he said, according to the AP report.
After a few more songs, he announced to the audience: “I’m gonna go back stage for a second, I’m gonna vomit, I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.”
But he never came back out, leaving the rest of the band to announce the abrupt end of the show to a booing audience. Sunday’s statement released by the band said Caleb “suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration … causing his vocal chords to seize,” according to the AP.
The other members took to Twitter to apologize to fans and vent their frustrations.
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