On the same day his band announced they were canceling the remainder of their U.S. tour due to his “vocal issues and exhaustion,” Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill was in New York, where he told a TMZ cameraman he was focused on healing.
On Monday, the Kings of Leon scrapped their tour in the wake of a disastrous Dallas show during which Followill repeatedly complained about the heat and then abruptly left the stage after announcing to the crowd at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, “I’m gonna go backstage and I’m gonna vomit. I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.”
He never reappeared, leaving his bandmates to apologize to the audience. Following the show, KOL bassist Jared Followill took to Twitter to express his frustrations, writing, “There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. I can’t lie, there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
Initially, the band only postponed a Saturday-night show in Houston, but citing Followill’s health, they made the decision to cancel their remaining U.S. shows, saying in a statement, “The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break.”
The Kings are scheduled to return to the road at the end of September, with a run of shows in Canada, but when asked about future touring plans by TMZ, Followill would only say, “I don’t know. … We’ll see how it goes.”
The TMZ cameraman then asked Followill how he plans to heal his voice, to which he jokingly replied, “[I] try not to do interviews.”