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So the Kings of Leon have been forced to cancel the remainder of their summer tour.  According to a band representative, the cancellation is because Caleb Followill, the group’s singer, has been “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion.”  Well, OK, that would be fair enough if it were true.

But what exactly was the precipitating event that led to this cancellation?  Oh right, Caleb had to leave the stage during a show in Dallas so that he could vomit.  And let’s not try to pretend that he just had some undercooked burgers that afternoon.  His brother and bandmate Jared Followill had this to say on Twitter following the meltdown: “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be address,” followed by, “I know you guys aren’t stupid.  I can’t lie.  There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

The picture can’t get much more crystal clear than that, can it?

Well, actually, according to Us Weekly (take that for what it’s worth), the band has been trying to get Caleb to go to rehab because “he drinks like a fish.”  Another source said, “It’s true. Caleb’s drinking is out of control and they are trying to get him into rehab. It’s a dark demon he’s been fighting for awhile.”

Does this actually come as a surprise to anyone?  I mean, there’s a reason the most commonly used adjective to describe his singing is “boozy.”  And the entire band has made an image out of being hard-partying Southerners with a staggering taste for drink.  Just look at their song “Soft.”  It’s about drinking so much booze, you wind up passed out in a garden with whiskey dick.  Like it or not, the Kings of Leon have partly defined themselves through their drinking, and now it’s apparently catching up with them.  It’d be sad to see a talented young band lose its momentum because of reckless behavior like this.

-Sam

Sometimes a Tweet is all you need to really sum up a situation.

This comes from Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, in reference to the band’s recent show in St. Louis:

“So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in [bassist] Jared [Followill]‘s mouth. Too unsanitary to continue….Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the fucking venue’s fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don’t. Sorry for all who traveled many miles.”

Yummy!

That really sucks for both the band and the fans.  It’s too bad there weren’t any umbrella hats on hand that the guys could have strapped on to protect them from the fecal showers.  I wonder if, in the future, the venue will consider doing what the Cincinnati Bengals considered when they had a similar problem a few years back.

-Sam