Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour Dates, Questlove To Fill In for ‘Tonight Show’ Slot
Kings Of Leon has canceled a raft of live dates to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from injuries he sustained in a bus crash.
The show, however, will go on at The Tonight Showwith Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (Aug. 12). The late night entertainment program’s resident band leader Questlove will come to the rescue and take the drumsticks for a one-off performance of “Family Tree,” which appears on the band’s 2013 album Mechanical Bull.
KoL has nixed all shows on the Mechanical Bull tour over the next two weeks on the orders of Nathan’s doctor. The band’s drummer is now convalescing after he broke a rib in an accident when the group’s bus was en route to the hotel after a Boston gig. Nathan said at the time he was “banged up,” but his doctor is more specific on his recovery plan. “The process is now to rest in order for healing to take place,” comments Dr. Faiz Bhora, chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, in a statement. “To avoid complications and to make a full recovery, a break from performing to Aug. 28 is necessary,” the message continues.
At this stage, the band is pencilled in to make a return to the road on Aug. 28, where they will take the stage at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. “I’m counting down the days until I can get back in the saddle and continue what has been our best American tour so far,” Nathan says in a statement.
The rock group had previously postponed an Aug. 10 show in Saratoga Springs, NY. That date is now canceled until further notice, reps for the band say.
Kings Of Leon’s Canceled Mechanical Bull Tour Dates:
Aug. 10 — Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY Aug. 13 — Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY Aug. 15 — Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA Aug. 16 — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY Aug. 19 — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY Aug. 20 — Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH Aug. 22 — Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH Aug. 23 — Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN Aug. 26 — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, Gilford, NH
“We’re always working on music. The other day we had a rehearsal and we ended up going in there and just writing music and we didn’t rehearse at all. But that’s kind of how we do it — if you put us in a room together with our instruments it’s hard for us to dwell on the past and play something we’ve played a million times. We would much rather create, so I think that what we have so far is really fun stuff. But, y’know, it depends on what time of year we make the album; if we make it in the winter time, we’ll definitely probably have some sad songs on there, too.”—Caleb Followill for Billboard, 2014 (x)
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to an accident on their tour bus, Kings of Leon will unfortunately have to postpone tonight’s show in Saratoga Springs, NY. The band was en route to their hotel after their show in Boston when a pedestrian jumped in front of their tour bus, causing the bus to stop short, injuring Nathan Followill.
Nathan is being treated for broken ribs, but is doing well. The band will postpone the show that was planned for TONIGHT, August 10th, until further notice. Refunds for ticket holders will be available at point of purchase. For up to date information please visit www.kingsofleon.com.