Brawny Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was beaten up online last week after he made some comments about “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy that Murphy considered homophobic (Followill later apologized and said he did not mean the comments in that way).
But now the timekeeper for the family band is nursing some other wounds as he recovers from surgery on a torn bicep that has forced the band to postpone scheduled tour dates in March.
“Sorry to all the fans in Australia and South Africa,” Followill tweeted on Friday. “My bum wing needs more time to heal but we’ll be back later this year. Sorry again.” He was addressing those who had bought tickets for the band’s shows down under and in South Africa, where KOL were scheduled to perform throughout March.
Followill has been chronicling his shoulder issues since early January, beginning with a tweet on the 12th in which he announced, “First day at the doc 4 my shoulder diagnosis post surgery. Fingers crossed that I can get back on the drums soon and restart the gun show.” The news was not good at that point, with Followill complaining about having to spend another week with his arm in a sling. The sling came off a week later, though, and by January 21, Followill said he was starting to work on his mobility in physical therapy.
“1st day of rehab just kicked my ass,” he wrote. “I am one sore puppy. I can’t wait to be back to normal. I miss 2 armed activities. Especially hugging.”
A spokesperson for the band confirmed that the dates in South Africa and Australia had been postponed. After those dates, the next listed gig on the KOL website is an April 15 headlining slot on the first night of the Coachella festival in Indio, California.