The band offer apology and full refund for those attending their July 23 concert at St. Louis' Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre which was ended because they were repeatedly hit with pigeon poop.
Kings of Leon were forced to cut off their concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis on Friday night, July 23. The band decided to call off the gig because pigeons living in the venue's rafters had bombarded them with poop.
Caleb Followill and his bandmates had been warned about the pigeon infestation and even saw opening acts The Postelles and The Stills exiting the stage "riddled" with large amounts of pigeon excrement. But, they went ahead with the concert because they "felt it would be unfair to the fans to cancel the show at that late moment."
The four-piece band managed to deliver three songs. After performing "Taper Jean Girl" however, they had no other choice but finishing the gig earlier than the schedule as the poop got so out of hand with some of it landing near bassist Jared Followill's mouth.
"We couldn't believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets," Jared said in a statement. "We didn't want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play. It was ridiculous." Nathan Followill, additionally, wrote on Twitter, "Don't take it out on Jared, it's the f**king venue's fault. You may enjoy being s**t on but we don't. Sorry for all who traveled many miles."
The band's publicist Andy Mendelsohn also offered apology. "I'm surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did," he said. "Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. ... It's not only disgusting - it's a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there."
Kings of Leon who will continue touring at least until this fall offered "full refund for all (July 23 concertgoers)."