Kings of Leon, an indie favorite of such stars as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, abruptly canceled their U.S. tour yesterday (Aug. 1) after lead singer Caleb Followill walked off stage.
Whether drugs are a factor is unknown at the moment, but Caleb’s brother Kings of Leon bassist, Jared Followill suggested the problem was more than simple exhaustion.
“There are internal sicknesses and problems that have needed to be addressed … I can’t lie,” he Tweeted. “There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
The band was performing in Dallas when Followill suddenly complained about the heat and said he couldn’t sing anymore.
His problem was attributed to “vocal issues and exhaustion,” a band rep said 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 spokesman said.
Followill is one of a string of musicians who have cited “exhaustion” for canceling tour stops in the past year.
Lady Gaga shocked fans after she cancelled a performance in Indiana, last year.
She complained of dizziness, shortness of breath and an accelerated heartbeat moments before she was set to go on. Her opening acts were already performing.
Justin Bieber cancelled a show last August in Syracuse, NY due to a mystery illness, which he never explained.
And more recently, in June, Selena Gomez was rushed to the hospital suffering from an illness that later turned out to be anemia and exhaustion caused by under-eating.
Followill told the crowd that despite feeling “100 percent gone” he was going to vomit, drink a beer and then “come back out and play three more songs.”
After a long intermission, fans began booing and fellow band members announced the show was over.
The platinum selling band, which has produced five albums, is expected to resume touring in the fall.