No telling how long that YouTube clip will remain, as Vector Management has been pulling down videos of this debacle since it happened. Anyhow, according to the Dallas Observer (among many other sources), Kings of Leon's July 29 performance at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas, was something of a fiasco. Allegedly, King Caleb — who said he wasn't drunk, but rather "just fuckin' hot" — complained of being sick throughout the set, but said he intended to drink beer and tequila and power through. Pipe dreams, it seems, as after a handful of songs, Caleb told the crowd, "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer, and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs." Caleb never returned. Matthew and Jared, however, took the stage to apologize profusely and encourage the crowd to "hate Caleb, not us," and "burn our records" if it would make folks feel better.
Jared Followill later hinted at problems that are perhaps more deeply seated than previously indicated. He tweeted thusly: "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words," and followed that up with, "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." A make-up show has since been rescheduled — again at the Gexa Energy Pavilion, which sounds like the name of a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine refueling station or something — on Wednesday, September 21
Darryl Smyers at the Observer clearly had little patience for the rock-star antics, likening Caleb's performance to that of a "petulant child forced to eat his string beans" and claiming it was "one of the worst shows" he's ever seen. Oh, and an important note: You know what happened almost exactly one year ago to the day? KOL abandoned a show in St. Louis mid-set because pigeons were shitting on them. Says Steve Haruch, "That problem probably couldn't have been solved by drinking more Gatorade, either."