According to a statement released by the band’s management following the cancellation, “[Bassist] Jared [Followill] was hit several times during the first two songs… It’s not only disgusting — it’s a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there.”
Followill, who is a self-descrbed “germophobe,” explains that he was “hit by pigeons on each of the first three songs… We had 20 songs on the set list. By the end of the show, I would have been covered from head to toe.”
“We didn’t want to cancel the show, so we went for it,” he continues. “We tried to play. It was ridiculous.”
Here’s video of the band performing their last song before canceling the gig—you can tell all the band members are distracted the whole way through, and lead singer Caleb Followill wipes his face off at the end of the set.
Apparently bird excrement isn’t a good enough excuse to cancel a concert, at least not according to music fans who came out to see the show. Upon hearing the band wasn’t going to continue with the concert, the crowd began yelling “Bullshit!”, not realizing how close they were to the reason for the show’s cancellation.
Do you think the band was right in stopping the gig, or should they have thrown on some ponchos and continued playing for the crowd? Either way, we hope they make up for the gig, and bring some umbrellas next time.