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Kings of Leon cancel U.S. tour; what the Followill is going on?

August 1, 2011 |  6:02 pm

Kings of Leon cancel their U.S. tour dates

What's happening with the Kings of Leon? After a breakdown halfway through a Friday night concert, news came Monday that the rockers have canceled the remainder of their U.S. tour.

Drama stirred in the Kings' court mid-performance in Dallas as heat exhaustion allegedly got the best of lead singer Caleb Followill, one of the three Followill brothers and one cousin who make up the band. 

"For the record, I'm not drunk," he said onstage. "I'm just ... hot ... I'm about to fall down over here because I'm so daggum hot."

Caleb told the audience he was popping off to "vomit" and enjoy a beer, but would return for three more songs. He never did. Brothers Nathan, Jared and cousin Matthew were left to apologize to a venue full of angry fans.

"It's really not our fault –- it's Caleb. He can't play the rest of the show. We will be back as soon as possible," the bandmates said on stage. 

"I love our fans so much," Jared Followill said Saturday on Twitter. "I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

Drama! The news that the band had scrapped the rest of its stateside appearances came Monday on the Kings of Leon website, with blame placed on Caleb's "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," the statement said, going on to note that tickets will be refunded.

Whatever the issues, no one should "jump to conclusions," Jared tweeted Monday. "We're not breaking up."

The band's next date is up north in Vancouver on Sept. 28, kicking off the Canadian leg of its tour.


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Photo: Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill and Matthew Followill backstage with their trophies at the Staples Center, for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times