Kings Of Leon Turned Down ‘Glee’ To Avoid Selling Out

Rockers also announce St. Louis show to make up for infamous pigeon-attack cancellation.

“Glee” has landed some big fish so far: Madonna, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. But one act that isn’t interested in having its music remixed for the McKinley High kids is [artist id="1233888"]Kings of Leon[/artist].

The scruffy Tennessee arena rockers told England’s New Musical Express that they declined a chance to have their music worked over into peppy glee club arrangements — as well as an invitation to appear on the now-canceled “Ugly Betty” — for fear of selling out.

“We got an offer to appear on an episode of ‘Ugly Betty,’ ” bassist Jared Followill said. “They wanted us to play ourselves. We were supposed to come in and help her out with some problem or other.” He also confirmed that they passed on the “Glee” offer, saying, “We could have sold out so much more. We turn stuff down constantly.”

A spokesperson for “Glee” could not be reached for confirmation on the offer at press time, and the spokesperson for KOL said he was not aware of the TV proposals.

And even if they aren’t interested in stepping into the TV spotlight to expand their audience, the family act are not about to let down their core fans. That explains why a month after they fled the stage during a gig at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis following an onslaught of pigeon droppings, the Kings are going to give it another shot. 

The band’s publicist confirmed that KOL will be back in St. Louis in September as part of a summer North American tour aimed at setting up their upcoming fifth studio album, Come Around Sundown, which is due out in October.

“As soon as what happened happened, we knew we were going to come back,” Jared Followill told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We knew [leaving] would be horrible, and we knew people were not going to be happy. We were just trying to figure out the best way and the easiest way to get back and make it better.”

Fans with tickets to the original show can use them to get into the makeup gig on September 25, with $10 tickets being offered to help fill out the amphitheater. The band is reportedly not taking a fee to play the new show, but is instead splitting the cost with promoter Live Nation. Followill also clarified that he did not pull the plug on the gig after being the main recipient of the white hell from above, but that the band’s management decided to call it off.

“We had this big tour and shows to finish, and they were worried about our health and safety,” he said of the band’s handlers, who wanted them to quit after the first song. Followill said the group kept playing after seeing their fans’ enthusiasm, but by the third song they could tell that management was getting mad at them for not leaving the stage. The band would have kept playing, but “after 30 songs, I would’ve been covered. It was disgusting. I wanted to throw up when it was on my face.”

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