While critics sit around attempting to come up with just the right balance of pathos and loathing as Kings of Leon produce another stodgy set of uninspired old rock riffs, a pigeon has effectively rendered them all redundant. A show by the band in St. Louis at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was cut short on Friday (July 23) when the group left the stage after three songs.
Drummer Nathan Followill quickly updated fans on what happened at the concert, via his Twitter account: "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."
Yes, despite the fact that the band's increasingly threadbare mining of achingly obvious tropes from rock history is frequently met with widespread hoots of derision, the guys from Kings of Leon still aren’t accustomed to being shit upon. Perhaps they don’t read their own press? Either way, the Riverfront Times has managed to contact the venue for a quote, which clarifies just how this unfortunate incident occurred:
“An infestation of pigeons living in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO, forced the Kings of Leon to walk offstage after three songs last night. Even though opening bands the Postelles and the Stills came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of pigeon excrement, the Kings of Leon decided to carry on regardless. The band felt it would be unfair to the fans to cancel the show at that late moment.
'I'm surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,' said Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management. 'Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn't deal any longer. It's not only disgusting -- it's a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can.'"
Live Nation has issued a statement saying refunds will be issued to attendees.