Rock band Kings of Leon returned to St. Louis’ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night, and played a full set without getting shit on from the city’s winged wildlife.
Back in July 2010, the Kings were pelted by pigeon shit from above, forcing the Nashville band to flee from the stage after salty bird poo rained down. Watch video of the incident below.
Last night, however, it was a shit-free experience, and the band, who play Mansfield’s Xfinity Center on August 9, were very thankful.
Drummer Nathan Followill even tweeted his appreciation for the goodwill and acceptance shown for the city’s winged wildlife: “Thank you St Louis for an amazing night & thank you pigeons for a shit free show. Catch y’all on the flip side.”
Thank you St Louis for an amazing night & thank you pigeons for a shit free show. Catch y'all on the flip side.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) August 1, 2014
Of course, things weren’t so great after the 2010 show. As the NME explained at the time:
Writing on Twitter drummer Nathan Followill explained: “So sorry St Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in Jared’s mouth and it was too unsanitary to continue. Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the fucking venue’s fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don’t. Sorry for all who travelled many miles.”
According to the band’s management the quartet tried to continue, but such was the ferocity and direction of the bird excrement that after three songs the group felt they could only call it a night and retreat. “Jared [Followill] was hit several times during the first two songs,” said management spokesman Andy Mendelsohn. “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.”
Damn. Perhaps all the pigeons yesterday were preoccupied with welcoming John Lackey to town.
Here’s a clip of the 2010 show; Followill catches some bird deuce in the mouth around the 1:12 mark…