Kings of Leon cancelled the rest of their US tour after Caleb Followill left in the middle of a Dallas set last Friday to go backstage to drink.
“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.
Jared Followill tweeted, “there are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed” and “there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” All this led to them cancelling their tour.
“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.”
The band claims Caleb is “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion,” but insiders say, “They are trying to get Caleb to go to rehab. It is mostly for alcohol. That’s why they ended up cancelling the whole tour .. he drinks like a fish.”
Everyone knows “exhaustion” is another way of saying “too much drinking or drugs.” Why say it at all? The only people it fools are the ones dumb enough to believe it. Then you have to hear, “no, it was exhaustion!,” when you tell them their favorite singer is a degenerate drunk. Why make my life harder is all I’m asking.