August 1, 2011 12:59
NME.COM users urge Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill to rest after cancelled gigs
Fans want singer to take some time off – although some believe the problems have been exaggerated
The band's bassist Jared Followill posted a message on his Twitter account claiming that the band were dealing with "internal sickness and problems" after they abandoned a show in Dallas on July 29 when an apparently drunk Caleb left the stage in search for another beer and did not return.
The Tennessee rockers were forced to cancel another show at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion on July 30. Although a statement on the venue's website Woodlandscenter.org cited Caleb's "exhaustion and dehydration" as the reason for the decision, Jared took to Twitter again to write:
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.
Now, NME.COM users have taken to Facebook to plead with the singer to take a break from performing.
Sonny Drake said:
It sounds like they’re pushing it a bit too far – they should probably rest for a while. They're pretty much one of the most popular modern rock bands I'm sure a year out wouldn’t hurt them.
Karen Lindley was in agreement and defended the frontman from criticism, writing:
Give the guys a break. We can't possibly understand what huge pressures they face. It can't also be easy being in a band with your family – with a love hate relationship. Whatever the problem, I hope Caleb gets better and has time to heal. He is too good a talent to waste.
James Baker was less sympathetic, describing Caleb as being "the problem in that band for a long long time", but agreed that "he needs a break".
Some fans who had been at the show in Dallas, however, defended the singer and suggested that reports of his problems had been exaggerated, with Andrew McNutt claiming:
He wasn’t drunk. He was having a heat stroke. I don’t blame him for leaving. It's a safety issue.
Brandi Juszczak added: "I was at the concert last night and they DID NOT storm offstage. You can tell he really had lost his voice when it was cracking during the songs."