August 1st, 2011
04:53 PM ET
Kings of Leon took some heat when frontman Caleb Followill walked off stage during a show in Dallas on Friday night, and now the group has canceled their U.S. 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. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break," a statement from the group's rep says.
The statement continues to say that "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 will resume touring in Canada at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, BC, on September 28th. That show was originally schedule[d] for September 14th."
There was a similar statement regarding the abrupt end to Friday's concert that said Caleb Followill was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration, which was “causing his vocal chords to seize.” The Dallas show and a subsequent Houston show were initially rescheduled before the tour was pulled altogether.
Bassist Jared Followill has been lamenting the turn of events on Twitter. "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words," he wrote over the weekend. "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."
As news of the canceled U.S. tour spread, he added Monday, "Utterly depressed. It's completely out of my hands. Family has to come 1st. If bass solos & backing vocals were more popular, I'd be there."
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