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Pigeon Poop Lands Near Kings of Leon Bassist's Mouth, Concert Canceled Midway

Pigeon Poop Lands Near Kings of Leon Bassist's Mouth, Concert Canceled Midway

After performing just three songs on Friday night (July 23), the Kings of Leon canceled their concert because of unsanitary conditions at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO.

After the Nashville-based band performed “Taper Jean Girl,” the third song of their set, drummer Nathan tweeted, “So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons sh–ting in Jared‘s mouth and it was too unsanitary to continue. FULL REFUNDS 4 ALL. SO SORRY. Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the f–king venue’s fault. You may enjoy being s–t on but we don’t. Sorry for all who traveled many miles.”

KoL‘s publicist even released the following statement:



An infestation of pigeons living in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO, forced the Kings of Leon to walk offstage after three songs last night. Even though opening bands The Postelles and The Stills came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of pigeon excrement, the Kings of Leon decided to carry on regardless. The band felt it would be unfair to the fans to cancel the show at that late moment.

“I’m surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,” said Vector Management’s Andy Mendelsohn, who reps KoL. “Jared 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.”

When the band arrived earlier in the day, the venue warned management that there had been a significant pigeon infestation problem with summer shows over the years, but they were doing all they could to fix it.

“We couldn’t believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets,” said bassist Jared Followill. “We didn’t want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play [but] it was ridiculous.”

Kings of Leon are headed to Chicago tonight to perform at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre as scheduled.

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  • G

    Why didn’t the venue prepare for this? It’s not like pigeons just appear on concert nights. Whoever managed the concert should have put up some really simple, cheap barriers.

    This was avoidable. A manager should see to stuff like this.

  • Kate

    That has to be a first. I’ve never heard of a concert being cancelled because of pigeons before haha

  • Jimi

    Wow some rockstars eh…. Seriously pigeon poop… Are they kidding …what a punch of pussies….i mean sure I don’t wanna get shat on by a bird either but they’re rockstars for gods sake… They suck for this..

  • Catchy

    mwahahahahahhahahahahauauahauahauahaaaa xDDDD
    poop on shitt!! pigeons know the truth!

  • Kaz

    Yeah yeah i know

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  • Mandy

    best just jared article… ever.

  • Catchy


  • Rao

    Its disgusting , but also very funny.

  • 23*


  • Alaia

    Shame it shát on the hot one.

  • Jules

    Poop mouth.

  • Rockopotamus

    If it meant that I got play for thousands of fans and get to do what I love for a living, I would get up on stage and let a bird take a shit on me every night! These guys are pretentious douche bags. They are totally trying to spin this story to cover their own asses and try to cover up the fact that they are pussies who don’t mind shitting all over their fans.

    I live in St. Louis and if there was a pigeon “infestation” I’m sure we would have heard about it before this. Especially if every band that performed got covered in bird crap! Or maybe other bands do and they just don’t whine about it and cancel their show because they are professional and actually respect their fans. I never liked this band much before, and now I really have a reason not to.

  • Brightside

    Hahahaha – ROTFLMFAO – LOL – pooping hilarious! I feel sorry for them though…it’s not much fun trying to perform when a lot of feathered flying sh-t machines are trying to take a cr-p in your hair!

  • Dominic

    I love KOL but this has got to be the single funniest excuse for canceling a show! I wasn’t there they could be totally right but it just sounds funny to me.

  • Fishy

    Seriously though this is a big venue… Live earth was just held here this past year…hundreds of huge artist come through there yearly… Bird poop really… I mean really .. This is the softest excuse I’ve ever heard of..

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  • abbey

    as disgusting as this story is, it’s also f-ing hilarious.

  • tony

    @G: There is not a pigeon “infestation”. One member of “The Stills” got shit on his jacket and laughed about it, the band was making comments about cancelling the show because of the heat minutes before going on but couldn’t think of an excuse, I was there and no one got shit on, their bus was ready to leave before their stage was even ready. They left the stage and within 3 minutes the tour bus was gone out the back gate before anyone had a chance to realize the show was cancelled. I like them alot but this is just ridiculous, thanks for shitting on 12000 fans, ass holes. get over it, if it did happen, then y dont u mouthwash and stop looking up with ur mouth open, jesus christ. there were 6 different shows at this venue in the last 9 days and not one person said anything about getting shit on or anything like that. i wouldnt even call them “QUEENS of Leon” ill go with “PRINCESSES of Leon” at least queens take shit. princesses get all they want.

  • BH

    Ew man. I would go straight to the bathroom and wash my mouth out with mouthwash. Repetitvely! Who wants PIGEON sh*t in their mouth ?? Not everyone’s Ozzy. It’s way unhygenic : x Wanting to keep clean doesn’t make you a sissy or wtv you tw@ts like calling others to make yourselves feel butch.

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  • Zey

    There’s no place on earth hotter and muggier than st Louis in the summer … These dudes are pusses .. The heat was the real reason they quit.. Take your shirt off and ” rock” out ya bunch of wussies… They’re soft ass he’ll for this stunt..

  • mayflower

    so funny!good luck guys with the next show!you rock!

  • Stacers0405


    Your stupid. Verizon is an outside venue. Im sure nomatter how hard they try, pigeons will get in the rafters. Weve had incredible heat and humidity in st.louis this summer and im sure the birds will find anywhere to rest in some shade. Many musicians have been pooped on and continued singing. Some even got shit in the mouth, and continued!!

  • elle

    Kings of Leon are so arrogant. At Reading last year they attempted to refuse to play Sex on Fire, then played it, smashed and a guitar and told us that they were ‘f**cking sick of the Kings of Leon too’ and stormed offstage. Im sorry but how unprofessional can you be? You got to where you are today because of the fans, and yes it’s annoying when people only know one song but jesus christ, you’re playing at Reading!!! suck it up!



  • becky

    Three songs and you consider that midway. Really? At least I will be getting my money back.

  • Nick

    I never EVER expected such an attitude from these guys, it was lame!! So disappointed in them. I guess the Hollywood celebrity gets on everybody’s heads…

  • Frank

    Audio of the entire concert (including the cancellation announcements and the subsequent crowd reactions):

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  • Penn

    What a bunch of pansys! Oh boo hoo!! A bird pooped on me!!
    Musicians have had MUCH MUCH worse happen to them and they continue!
    But not these guys! Boooo!
    They need to be more “rock n roll” more professional !

  • Anthony Bacigalupo

    the strange thing was is that some of the pigeons were wearing flannels and had beer coolers…

  • TLC

    They can’t handle the pigeon poop!!

  • sadie

    Obviously, they are more baby like than rockstars.

  • Alamode

    Alcohol is a greater danger to ther KOL than pigeons.

  • edie

    oh,hahaha… the pigeons shot the gorgeous one with love ,sorry Jared…no really is to bad that the fans didn’t get the chance to see the show they are great live performers!

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  • outgun78

    Back in the day, I saw Eddie Vedder hanging out in the rafters with those pigeons, just before he did a backflip into the crowd!! Jeebus, rock sucks these days…

  • Cat

    Some things are better left unsaid. This was obviously an act of God!

  • Krystal Barbara

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