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Published: 2010/07/26

Widespread Panic Addresses Kings of Leon Pigeongate

This past Friday Kings of Leon canceled its performance at St. Louis, MO’s Verizon Amphitheatre after only three songs. According to a statement from the band’s camp, the show was cut short due to an infestation of pigeons living in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre. The show’s opening bands, recent Relix On the Verge subject The Postelles and The Stills, came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of pigeon excrement. Kings of Leon tried to play three songs but faced a similar problem.

“I’m surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,” Kings of Leon’s manager Andy Mendelsohn said in a statement, who reps KoL. “[Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill] was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn’t deal any longer. It’s not only disgusting — it’s a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can.”

Widespread Panic performed the following night at Boston, MA’s Bank of America Pavilion. The band, opened its set with its original “Pigeons,” which bassist Dave Schools dedicated to the Kings of Leon. Kings of Leon is offering full refunds for its canceled show

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