Kings Of Leon forced off the road for two weeks following drummer's injury

Nathan Followill's broken ribs affect all live dates until August 28

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Kings Of Leon have cancelled all of their live dates from now until August 28 as drummer Nathan Followill recovers from an injury sustained in a recent bus crash.

The band pulled a New York concert on Sunday (August 10) after Followill was hurt when a pedestrian "jumped in front" of their tour bus. He sustained broken ribs during the resulting emergency stop.

Further reports confirm that Dr Faiz Bhora, chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, has ordered the drummer to rest for the next two weeks, meaning that a host of gigs will have to be cancelled. Dates affected include gigs in Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and New Hampshire.

"The process is now to rest in order for healing to take place," Dr Bhora said in a statement. "To avoid complications and to make a full recovery, a break from performing to August 28 is necessary."

"I'm counting down the days until I can get back in the saddle and continue what has been our best American tour so far," Followill said.

Meanwhile, the band have confirmed that they are working on new music. Caleb Followill told Billboard that Kings Of Leon always work on fresh ideas when they get time. "If you put us in a room together with our instruments it's hard for us to dwell on the past and play something we've played a million times," he said. "We would much rather create, so I think that what we have so far is really fun stuff. But, y'know, it depends on what time of year we make the album; if we make it in the winter time, we'll probably have some sad songs on there, too."
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