Last Night: 40 Minutes In, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill Drunkenly Pulled Plug on Dallas Show

Kings of Leon, Band of Horses
Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 29, 2011

Better than:
watching a train wreck.


About three songs into Kings of Leon's set, lead singer Caleb Followill addressed the crowd: "My voice is shot," he said. "My voice is completely, one hundred percent, gone. But I'm going to drink some beer and tequila and have a good time."

Sadly, he did not follow through on such a promise.

Playing songs from each album in the band's catalog, Tennessee's Kings of Leon came across as one of those bands who have forgotten where they came from and why they became a band to begin with. 

Fom the first notes of "Radioactive" (a song that could just as well be titled "U2 Joshua Tree Outtake"), the band followed through on every arena rock cliché known to man. The light show was something akin to the Electric Light Orchestra as songs from the Kings' most recent effort, Come Around Sundown, came across as vacuous as anything this (or that) side of Def Leppard or Aerosmith. 

Of course, the crowd ate it up. It was an audience filled to the brim with dudes and their scantily clad accomplices, all liquored up for an evening of easy to digest, remotely entertaining, good old boy shenanigans. 

But the evening was over nearly as soon as it started. Caleb Followill kept complaining about being sick. He yelled at his road crew to bring him water. He yelled again for a cold towel. He grimaced his way through songs like "Back Down South" and "No Money" like a petulant child forced to eat his string beans. 

Forty minutes into the set, Followill again addressed the massive crowd at Gexa Energy Pavilion. "I'm going to go backstage and vomit and then play three more songs." 

Once again, the dude's words proved to be as empty as the many beer cans left on the venue's vast lawn. Bassist Jared Followill came out about ten minutes later and apologized to the crowd. 

"We're sorry," he said. "Caleb can't sing. Go ahead and burn our records. We are sorry." 

And that was that. Fans paying more than 60 bucks a seat were chanting "Kings of Rip Off!" as security hurried patrons towards the parking lot. 

It was surreal. It was fucking hot. It was one of the worst shows I've ever seen. 

And, OK, it was a little funny, too. 

Update: Saturday's show in Houston has been postponed. Meanwhile, Kings of Leon have already announced a makeup date for the Dallas show; the band will return to Gexa Energy Pavilion on Wednesday, September 21. Fans uninterested or unable to attend this September show have until August 29 to return their tickets to their point of purchase and receive a full refund instead.

Critic's Notebook
Personal Bias
: Look I'm not the biggest Kings of Leon fan. I liked the first couple of records, but still thought these guys have always been treading water. Now they play arena rock and power ballads that would shame the Goo Goo Dolls. There's nothing wrong with making a buck, and it's obvious that there's money to be made at the expense of folks happy with a diet of testosterone and formula. But this isn't that. As a matter of fact, it's not that much at all. 

Random Note: Band of Horses opened the show, and they were pretty damn good. Sadly, most of the early arriving crowd was not paying attention until the band's last song. When the first few notes of "The Funeral" echoed into the vastness, several young ladies close to me finally stopped gossiping and said, "Hey, I know this song! It's good!" Yes, it was. As was the rest of Band of Horses' set, especially the opener "The Great Salt Lake." Maybe next time, they should headline.

Bonus Band Apology Video:

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Gexa Energy Pavilion

1818 First Ave., Dallas, TX

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Akleifg
Akleifg

To be honest I was glad when they got off. Band of Horses was great. First 3 songs of kol were from first 2 albums and were good. Rest of set was hard to take seriously... Really was glad they quit. Pathetic

MattL1
MattL1

Well, it could be said that through an inspired act of mercy, Mr. Followill saved the audience from actually having to sit through a full Kings of Leon show.

awdammit
awdammit

Nothing worse thatn a raging alcohol binge.....oh, wait.....yes there is.... DENIAL

dega
dega

If you got to see Band of Horses, you got your moneys worth of talent they give it all every time

Louschell
Louschell

I feel bad for the two guys left to face the angry crowd.  I hate lead singers.

David Brehan
David Brehan

Wow, this article is so dripping with condicension for and choc full of slams aimed at KOL's fans, that what began as my leaning toward a verdict that KOL behaved like @sshole bores, shifted quickly to my conclusion about the writer.  Think I'm way off base, let's count the slams in just the sixth paragraph alone: 1.      Dude = simpleton 2.      Scantily clad accomplices = whores3.      All liquored up = drunks4.      Easy to digest = stupid5.      Remotely entertaining = unsophisticated6.      Good old boy = Southern redneck7.      Shenanigans = silly, meaningless So what this writer was trying to say is that only drunk, stupid Southern simpletons and their whore girlfriends would attend such unsophisticatde, silly and meaningless entertainment. 

Of course there is more, like “it's obvious that there's money to be made at the expense of folks happy with a diet of testosterone and formula” In other words, Neanderthal children.

Troutki
Troutki

And fuck you man. Shenanigans are anything but silly and meaningless!

Troutki
Troutki

You will never get the 2.5 hours back you spent trying to craft a clever responseDavid.

cat
cat

is band of horses coming in Sept????

who are you?
who are you?

do we give a shit. i mean, really...

Mustard&Ketchup
Mustard&Ketchup

Yes. Alot of people give a shit. Band Of Horses rule. They should be headlining and kings of leon should be there roadies. 

QueensoLeon
QueensoLeon

 yes we do, considering they really should be the headliners of this show. KOL has been a JOKE for the last five years. I lost all faith after Because of the Times (a halfway decent album) because it signaled their turn to arena friendly U2 rock, except that U2 is a well-oiled machine that can put on an amazing show night after night, and I'm not even a big U2 fan! My Morning Jacket is the greatest American rock band going and I highly suggest checking out every single album they've put out because they put the "Queens" to shame! ‎"I don't want to write about my sex parts being on fire, just so we have a huge song" - Jim James of MMJ

Laura
Laura

His hissy fit sounds kind of boring.  Now, it would be kind of cool if he pulled an Anton Newcombe and started punching his bandmates or something.  But just walking off isn't exciting at all.  If you're gonna waste people's time and money, at least give them a spectacle. People were over this Kings of Leon shit when Axl was doing it.

Cujo
Cujo

They pulled the first video due to a "copyright claim" by Vector Management. That might be the standard disclaimer from YouTube to mask the fact that the video might scare off the future audience.

Gusmit
Gusmit

The voice excuse is an industry standard and he was selling it early and kept TALKING about it, really fishy from the slow ticket sales to the end. I guess now we know, sucks cause last years show was surprisingly good.

QueensO'Leon
QueensO'Leon

too bad the pigeons weren't there to shit in their mouths again!

who are you?
who are you?

cyndi lauper, i'm pretty sure..  youtube, ya know?

senorita cindita
senorita cindita

I want to know if BOH will be the opener at the makeup show.  That would be the only reason not to request a refund.

PeterM
PeterM

Sad to hear about this show going down like this. I agree with your review of KoL's career.Band of Horses is quite great - Their show back in April at Verizon was one for the ages...

dcg
dcg

BoH was whip ass at the Palladium a few years ago too.

jm
jm

Clearly, it's all Chef Tim Love's fault for overserving Caleb.

LBC
LBC

this band is out supporting a record that is a total bomb. they're living on the fumes of the last one, their time is up and they know it. the singer has always been a prick so now he's just letting it all hang out and throwing up and stuff in his manicured beard. the. end.

Starsgrl7
Starsgrl7

Since when is selling 2 million copies a total bomb?  They've been around far longer than Only by the Night.  Try not talking out of your ass.

LBC
LBC

borrowed.time.

LBC
LBC

Also, yes 2 mil is a good number for bands like i'm sure the one your boyfriend is in but they had no hits with this one. These guys crossed over to the dark side and now you gotta have the hits for gurls like you. Ask the killers how they're doing after their 'successful' follow up to hot fuss with no hits. HITS BABY! lastly, i hear that bono's sunglasses tech is now KOL's beard tech

Claire
Claire

Kieth Richard's rule is: "If you can walk, you can do the gig."

Razzledazzle40r
Razzledazzle40r

Absolutely great show...Calebs voice was bad but as a true KoL fan I loved it...don't hate them at all...dude was sick and couldn't sing....this isn't the first time a vocalist has had a cancel a gig and won't be the last time....

Oh and the opening band sucked really really bad....I hope they never play another show...

Guest
Guest

Band Of Horses blows kings of leon out of the water. I don't know why they are even wasting there time opening up for kings. 

Dub Cook
Dub Cook

This was posted on Twitter just a few minutes ago:

@youngfollowill:twitter : I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade

http://twitter.com/#!/youngfol...

DAC
DAC

"Def Leopard"? Hey editor...

who are you?
who are you?

now THAT, is fucking funny. he's an idiot and likely spells zeppelin zepplin...

Darryl
Darryl

of course, I meant leppard. damn german bands!

who are you?
who are you?

i pray you're being funny darryl, because you just insulted sheffield...

Jim
Jim

German?

who are you?
who are you?

speaking of germans, concerts, and meltdowns.. grace slick, anyone???

Darryl
Darryl

ha! i was thinking about (ok, I'm gonna misspell this on purpose) the scorpians! damn british bands!

Missy
Missy

Don't blame the whole band. It was obvious that Jared was disgusted. I feel like this entire article extremely biased against Kings- I was at the Atlanta concert on Wednesday and their it was fantastic, the setlist was great, a lot of B side tracks. Caleb must've been reeeally out of it if it sucked that bad. This might be a wakeup call for Caleb.

Dr. Clarkus
Dr. Clarkus

Y'all went to a KOL concert and expected it NOT to suck?  fail.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I didnt go, but im not surprised by the outcome. KOL may be about to do a STP, which is to say take a long hiatus..

Jenniertgxz
Jenniertgxz

RIDICULOUS: Why haven't they announced refunds or a rescheduled free show yet. If they don't, DALLAS WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM. 

Chris
Chris

Don’t worry Dallas; you will be spared the potential let down in the future, as KOL will skip your town on the next tour (if there is a next time). St. Louis was not on the schedule this year...guess they didn't like the feedback after last year’s PigeonGate.  Have seen them 8 times and the last 3 were bad shows.  I will just have to recall the good shows and good memories, before they sold out. 

Starsgrl7
Starsgrl7

Speak for yourself.  I was there and it's done and forgotten.  Take your money back, they don't need fans like you anyway.  Fifth time I've seen them so I know for a fact this isn't the norm for them.  They always put on a phenomenal show.  Touring for 4-5 years straight can take a toll on anyone.

Dolores
Dolores

They have rescheduled for September 21st in Dallas or full refund by August 29th.  My daughter was there and was so disappointed!!  We saw them last September in Dallas and they were amazing!!

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