Back on Thursday we presented a list of ten concerts in which the cliched phrase “the show must go on” was lived up to. Apparently the Kings of Leon didn’t get the memo about that unwritten rule of show biz as the group high tailed it out of the Verizon Amphitheatre near St. Louis after just three songs last night thanks to a bunch of pigeons shitting on them.
Angry Fans Post-Shit Show
According to the group’s representative, the venue – known to jam fans under its previous name, the Riverport Amphitheatre – has “a significant pigeon infestation problem” and at yesterday’s show both opening bands came off stage covered in excrement. The problem intensified when Kings of Leon took the stage…
“Jared (Followill) was hit several times during the first two songs,” [band management representative Andy] Mendelsohn said of the band’s bassist. “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.” [CNN.com]
Concertgoers were not pleased and in the video above you can hear the word “pussy” bandied about. Drummer Nathan Followill blamed the venue in a tweet saying, “Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the ****ing venues fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don’t. Sorry for all who travelled many miles.” No one from the venue has commented yet, but we’re not exactly sure what steps the venue could’ve taken. You would’ve thought the audience suffered from the same shit, yet according to the group’s publicist “no fans got pooped on as far as we know.”
Live Nation has offered refunds to all who purchased tickets to last night’s gig. The pigeon who shat on Jared is making the most of its 15 minutes by starting a Twitter feed. Hopefully the birds stay away from the Kings of Leon’s show at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Chicago tonight.