5:16am UK, Tuesday August 02, 2011
Kings Of Leon have cancelled their US tour, claiming it is due to singer Caleb Followill’s exhaustion and vocal problems and not a rift in the band.
The announcement comes three days after Followill walked off stage during a show in Dallas.
He repeatedly complained that it was too hot to perform and that his voice was suffering because of it.
“My voice is completely 100% gone,” he said during Friday’s show.
But other members of the family band said over the weekend that its problems go beyond dehydration, something that wasn’t addressed in a statement on Monday.
Brother Jared Followill acknowledged the band has “internal sicknesses and problems”.
Followill’s cousin Matthew and other brothers Nathan apologised to fans after Friday, and took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
“Not so good morning 4 me today,” Nathan tweeted. “Ashamed & embarrassed by last night’s fiasco. Can’t apologise enough. Utterly gutted. A million ‘I’m sorrys’.”
And Jared tweeted: “Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses and problems that have needed to be addressed.”
He added: “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
The family rock band, known for hits including Use Somebody, initially said they would return to Dallas on September 21 to make up for the mid-show cancellation.
The statement says the band is “devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break”.
They will return to the road in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept 28. The cancelled shows will not be rescheduled.
Jared Followill tweeted that he was “utterly depressed” and that “family has to come 1st.” But then he tried to lighten the mood.
“Don’t jump to conclusions guys,” he wrote in a subsequent tweet. “We’re not breaking up. BRB. Just got a text from Nathan….. Ummm…. Eesh. So about what I just said……. ”
Then he posted: “Kidding! Kidding! Not breaking up.”
Caleb Followill was born on January 14th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_Leon
January 14th, 1982
1 + 14 +1+9+8+2 = 35 = his life lesson = Exhaustion. Dehydration. I can’t go on.
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