Kings of Leon cancel US tour, will premiere documentary “Talihina Sky” on Showtime Aug. 21

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American fans of alt rock powerhouse Kings of Leon will have to be content with getting their fix via the boob tube this summer.

According to the band’s Web site, www.kingsofleon.com, the band has canceled their entire US tour due to front man Caleb Followill suffering from “vocal issues and exhaustion.”

The cancellation comes on the heels of a disastrous show in Dallas this past week where Caleb Followill told fans he was leaving the stage to vomit and have a beer. Although he initially said he’d return to do three more songs, the rest of the band were forced to tell the crowd they were cutting the show short, laying the blame squarely at Caleb Followill’s feet.

We are so unbelievably sorry,” bassist Jared Followill said. “There are no words right now. Caleb’s a little unfit to play the rest of the show. I know you guys fucking hate us. I’m so sorry.”

Later Jared Followill, who is Caleb Followill’s younger brother, tweeted the following.

I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

In a second message Jared Followill added:

Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have need to be addressed. No words.”

Kings of Leon did not reschedule the 20 canceled dates due to conflicts with their current schedule.

The band will resume touring on Sept. 28 at the Rogers Center in Vancouver B.C., a show originally scheduled for Sept. 14.

Visit here for the band’s press release regarding the cancellation.

The good news for fans of the band, however, is the opportunity to see “Talihina Sky” a documentary on the band that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.

Although the documentary will not be available on DVD and BluRay until Oct. 24, Showtime will begin airing the film on Aug. 21.


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