Kings Of Leon Cancel U.S. Tour

Turns out that Kings Of Leon singer Caleb Followill was suffering from more than a hot Texas day when he walked off the stage in the middle of Friday’s show. The rock band has now called off its entire U.S. tour.

On Friday the singer left the stage at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas after complaining about the heat and its effect on his voice. He promised to come back out to play three more tunes once he had vomited and had a beer.

Followill never returned and the rest of the band had to break the news to the booing crowd that the show was over.

The fans weren’t the only ones who were upset. The singer’s bandmates took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the situation. Drummer Nathan Followill called the show a “fiasco” and said he was ashamed and embarrassed. Bassist Jared Followill alluded to more serious issues in the group, writing, “There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. … There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

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Kings Of Leon later released a statement that apologized to fans for the inconvenience, explaining that Caleb had “suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration … causing his vocal cords to seize.” Saturday’s show scheduled in The Woodlands, Texas, was also postponed. The weekend gigs were rescheduled for September.

On Monday the band posted another statement on its website announcing that the entire U.S. tour has been canceled.

The post said it was “due to Caleb Followill suffering from 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 group said the U.S. dates couldn’t be rescheduled because of KOL’s international tour schedule. Tickets purchased online or via phone will be automatically refunded. All other tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.

Kings Of Leon will return to the road Sept. 28 for a gig in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Rogers Arena. That show was originally set for Sept. 14. Canadian dates are scheduled through Oct. 15.

The band has two shows to do in South Africa (Oct. 26 & 29), followed by a round of Australian dates Nov. 4-19.

Click here for Kings Of Leon’s website.