Hail of Pigeon Poop Ends Concert

Kings of Leon forced off St. Louis stage after 3 songs

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2010 10:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Musicians for centuries have faced rotten tomatoes from disapproving audiences, but never before what faced the Kings of Leon on Friday night: Taking the stage for a show in St. Louis, the band was forced off after only three songs by a barrage of poop coming from pigeons in the rafters above. "The last thing I was going to do was look up ... but if that was only a couple, we must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner," joked bassist Jared Followill.

The band had fair warning, though, notes CNN: Both opening acts came off-stage covered in doo-doo. The Kings tried to tough it out, but gave up after Followill got hit on each of the three opening songs. "We had 20 songs on the set list," he said. "By the end of the show, I would have been covered from head to toe." Normally, the band goes over much better with audiences.

The Kings of Leon, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, and Jared Followill appear on Today, which though outside, is probably not nearly as poopy as St. Louis was.
The Kings of Leon, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, and Jared Followill appear on "Today," which though outside, is probably not nearly as poopy as St. Louis was.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
We must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner, quipped Jared Followill of the birds.
"We must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner," quipped Jared Followill of the birds.   (Shutterstock)
You might flee St. Louis, too, rather than face a hail of this.
You might flee St. Louis, too, rather than face a hail of this.   (Shutterstock)
Matthew Followill of the band Kings of Leon performs at Bonnaroo, which was decidedly lacking in pigeon poop.
Matthew Followill of the band Kings of Leon performs at Bonnaroo, which was decidedly lacking in pigeon poop.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Caleb Followill of the band Kings of Leon.
Caleb Followill of the band Kings of Leon.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
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