“Ashamed and embarrassed” Kings call off shows and take two months off, saying they need break to address internal issues

Called off: Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon have cancelled the rest of their US tour following Caleb Followill’s onstage meltdown at the weekend.

The frontman appeared tired and emotional during the band’s show in Dallas, Texas, as he told the crowd: “I’m going to go backstage and vomit, drink a beer and then come back out and play three more songs.”

But he didn’t return, leaving bassist Jared Followill to apologise to the audience. Responding to the official statement that Caleb had simply been dehydrated Jared tweeted: “I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”

Now the Kings have called off their remaining shows and will take a two-month break. They’re set to return to the stage again on September 28 in Canada. An official statement says: “The band are devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break.”

Jared says: “I’m utterly depressed, but it’s completely out of my hands. Family has to come first. If bass solos and backing vocals were more popular I’d be there.

“I’m not going to stop working – I’m going to spend the time writing songs and looking to the future.”

And he adds: “Don’t jump to conclusions, guys. We’re not breaking up.”

Drummer Nathan Followill says he’s “Ashamed and embarrassed by the fiasco.”

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