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Kings Of Leon have defended their decision to abandon a gig due to an infestation of pooping pigeons.
Fans were left disappointed after the band walked off stage three songs into their set at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St Louis on Friday (July 23).
Initial reports cited “safety concerns”, but it later emerged that bassist Jared Followill had been hit by pigeon droppings.
In a statement, the band’s publicist said: "Jared 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.”
The bassist added: "I 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."
Opening bands The Postelles and The Stills were also been hit, but continued until their sets concluded.
A number of fans contacted Gigwise to express their frustration at Kings Of Leon’s decision to abandon the show.
Rex said: “I travelled 6 hours and spent a lot of money. Better make this right.”
GW added: “Never in thirty years of concert going have I witnessed such a disgrace. I have seen singers too drunk to sing, bands arguing, etc etc...but pigeons?? KOL you suck!!
“We spent hours in 100 degree heat and you left because of pigeons?? KOL is done in my book!!!”
Kings Of Leon are currently on a nationwide US tour. For more details, check out Gigwise Gig Tickets.
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