Category: Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon end U.S. tour after singer deemed 'unfit' to play

Photo: Kings of Leon on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio April 15, 2011. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Kings of Leon were forced to cancel the rest of their U.S. tour following a stop in Dallas when lead singer Caleb Followill was deemed “unfit” to finish.

During the Dallas gig Friday night, Followill cut the band’s set short after complaining of the heat.

“For the record, I’m not drunk, I’m just ... hot…I’m about to fall down over here because I’m so daggum hot,” he said in a fan video (warning: contains profanity) that surface on YouTube. “I’m gonna go backstage for a second and I’m gonna vomit, I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.”  He never returned and band members were left apologizing profusely to the booing audience.

“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,” a statement on the band’s website read. “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.”

Rumors of internal conflict within the family band immediately followed after Nathan Followill offered “a million I’m sorry’s” and said he was “ashamed & embarrassed”  by the “fiasco.” While bassist Jared Followill took to Twitter to write “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed” and “there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” He later wrote the cancellation left him “utterly depressed.”

Jared then later stressed that fans shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” and the band has no plans on breaking up.

The band is scheduled to resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver on Sept. 28. That show was originally scheduled for Sept. 14.


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Photo: Kings of Leon on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio April 15, 2011. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Coachella 2011: The passions and problems of the Kings of Leon

00coachellakings Deep into the Kings of Leon's headline set on Friday, frontman Caleb Followill remembered a Coachella of yore -- and tapped into an insecurity.

"Last time we played, I didn't wear a shirt. I apologize," he said sheepishly. "I've gained a few pounds since then so I'm keeping the shirt on." A girl next to me empathized, saying "aw" and burying her face in her boyfriend's arm.

Photos: Faces of Coachella 2011

Feeling self-conscious about one's physique is an old tradition at Coachella, as reliable as the presence of crushed water bottles on the polo field. Even fancy rock stars aren't immune to it.

But Followill's admission was interesting for another reason: It happened to neatly encapsulate the problems and passions of a band that keeps climbing for superstardom. On one hand, it's a pleasure to see an act go for broke, metaphorically rip off its shirt onstage. But what's even better than the Kings of Leon playing shirtless, figuratively or literally, is when they exercise restraint and corral their Southern rocker lust for good. In other words, keep the chambray on, Mr. Followill.

Images from the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

If you were ever in a knife fight with a band like, say, Thin Lizzy, the Kings of Leon are the kind of country brawlers you'd want on your side. The scruffy family band from Tennesse, sons of a preacher man, comes off as more comfortable with testosterone than many others on the Coachella bill, unafraid to flash muscle in their music. They are the only band one can imagine driving up to Indio rocking out to Lynyrd Skynyrd without a trace of irony. I bet they're watching a stoic western right now back at their hotel room.

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Album review: Kings of Leon's 'Come Around Sundown'

Kings_of_leon_240Sons of a preacher man, the Kings of Leon are traditionalists, renovators of abandoned guitar lines from classic rock radio, which they expertly refurbish into modern, stadium-ready anthems. For better and worse, they’re like the IKEA of rock — taking classic, clean designs and spitting out new versions that work for listeners who want to venture a bit afield but not too far.

At times, the Tennessee band’s old-fashioned approach can be exactly the element that surprises: The piano at the close of “The End” finishes on a bright key instead of a discordant note, which would be in keeping with the song’s somber mood. It’s unexpected within the track’s context, yet the choice can’t help but recall old radio optimism, when the likes of Brian Wilson or Elton John wanted little more than to coax a smile.

But that old-timey streak also gets them into trouble. Despite impressive energy, “Mary” is hampered by a preening guitar and a chorus that feels borrowed from a Monday night bar band.

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Grammy countdown: How Beyonce lost record of the year

The category: Record of the year

The field at a glance: Despite the runaway success of Taylor Swift, one could argue that this award was Beyoncé's to lose. Her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" dance has become a global phenomen. The song stood out in the marketplace -- its sparse rhythm in contrast to the retro electronics favored by Lady Gaga -- and cemented Beyoncé's status as a veteran pop artist with proven staying power.

Yet the song wasn't even in the running for record of the year. Instead, "Single Ladies" was submitted only for song of the year, and the Beyoncé song nominated here is the ballad "Halo." It's nice, but it didn't define pop radio. Nor does it carry with it the elegance of last year's winner, "Please Read the Letter" from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.

There're plenty of ubiquitous hits in consideration here. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" was the song that launched the artist, and the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" was completely unavoidable all summer long. The cut even figured heavily in the Grammys' prime-time nomination concert on CBS in December. Kings of Leon's glistening arena ballad "Use Somebody" turned the once-scruffy Southern rockers into prom-friendly boys, and it's the kind of anthem that the more edgy "American Idol" candidates will be singing for years to come. 

Rounding out the field is Swift's "You Belong With Me," a showcase for the artist's country-lite, good-natured hooks. Its messages of individualism come packed with plenty of easy-to-remember lyrical details ("she's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers"), and is the kind of song that makes Swift a role model worth championing, as well as the heir to Shania Twain's country-rock throne.

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LOLcats Now Has Music Reviews, Part 3: Muse, Kings of Leon and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Sadly, our LOLcat music reviews have come to an end.

Don't cry! Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg, the brains behind "I Can Has Cheezburger: The MusicLOL!," an off-Broadway production based on the popular blog about silly kitties with misspelled captions, bring us their last set of critical cat pictures.

Rock 'n' roll LOLcats give us their opinions on Muse, Kings of Leon and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

We can haz musik revyooz.



These English rockers put on a heckuva live show. And we tend to agree with the cats about their new album, "The Resistance."

What we said: "That arty intransigence often improves the band's music, as in "United States of Eurasia," which proceeds from a pretty piano-ballad intro to an Arabian-accented orchestral-rock climax. Occasionally, though, it can make Bellamy and his bandmates sound like the world's most successful sourpusses."

Click "continue reading" to see the rest of the kitties.

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