Kings Of Leon Showing Signs of Meltdown

Posted August 1, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Could the Kingdom of Leon be in trouble? The signs may be on the wall 

Disaster strikes Dallas again. After Rihanna’s fire scare that cut her Dallas tour stop short last weeks ago, Dallas, Texas gets hit again with yet another concert disappointment.

While on their summer tour at Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion on July 29th, Kings Of Leon plants themselves in a very vulnerable spot while entering into their evening’s set of songs. Frontman Caleb Followill addresses the crowd on Friday night with a laundry list of complaints including the “unbearable heat,” loss of voice and feeling ill.

A video posted by YouTube user and KOL fan Trodmac revealed the chain of events leading to the band’s quick exit from the stage, including apologizes from band members over the stalled show.

Early in the evening, Followill, 29, complained of having no voice (“absolutely 100% gone), urging the crowd to sing every word with him throughout the performances. ‘It will mean the world to me if you guys would sing every word with me,” he said. As each song is being set up, Followill’s complaints continued to increase. “For the record, I’m not drunk, I’m just fucking hot,” he adds.

Heat and humidity shouldn’t be so much of a problem for the Nashville band, who know a thing or two about brazenly scorching tempertatures. According to the Hollywood Reporter and news reports, the temperature that evening was in the 90’s during the outdoor concert. After telling the crowd he had no “fucking idea of what’s going on”  and telling the Dallas crowd  that they “were one of the best crowds we played for,” Followill promised the fans he would return after he had to vommit backstage.

“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,” Followill told the fans. But he never returned.

Caleb’s bandmates returned to the stage apologizing to the crowd, saying their frontman as unfit to finish the show. The crowd, bothered by the bad news, began to boo the Kings while rising from their seats to exit the building.

“I know you guys fuckin’ hate us,” said an unidentified KOL bandmate. “I’m so sorry. It’s really not our fault, it’s Caleb. He can’t play the rest of the show. We love you guys so much. We will be back.”

Jared Followill, brother of Caleb, added more drama to the episode by posting his apologies and a brief explanation to the Dallas crowd on Twitter.

“Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words.” He wrote, later adding, “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

Houston fans were also hit hard with the terrible news that their live show, scheduled for Saturday, was also postponed.


As of Monday (Aug. 1), Kings of Leon has cancelled the remainder of their U.S. tour, according to a statement.

“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,” reads the statement from the band’s publicist. “The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break.” U.S. dates will not be rescheduled due to the band’s obligations to their upcoming international tour schedule.

(updated: August 2, 2011)

So what do you think?
Was the Texas heat too much for singer Caleb?
Do you think there’s unannounced tension and drama taking place in the band?
Do you thnik they can bounce back from these setbacks?
Could the “Sex on Fire” band be a group on fire?

Sound off below.

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J Matthew Cobb

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