Death from Above
Kings of Leon cancel show, run for cover.
3:45 PM, Jul 26, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
For musicians, managers, and venue owners, the fears of a concert going awry are multiple. Often the problem is crowd control (the 11 fans who were stomped to death at the Who concert in Cincinnati in 1979). Sometimes it stems from security (the Hells Angels at the Altamont Speedway in 1969). Other times the issue is the performer (Jim Morrison's antics at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, 1969). And still other times it's a combination of factors (the Diana Ross concert in Central Park in 1983 was cancelled the first day because of a severe thunderstorm and concluded the next day with the gang rampage known as "wilding"). But a concert ending because of pigeon droppings? This has to be a first.
According to CNN.com,
Sure it's not like the stabbing murder that occurred at Altamont during the Rolling Stones' set. But from the CNN report, the aerial bombardment does sound fearsome:
It also didn't help that Followill is a self-confessed germaphobe. (I wonder if he's ever seen High Anxiety?)
And yet the opening bands, God love them, suffered through all of this: "The Postelles and The Stills came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of excrement, their publicist said.... 'We couldn't believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets,' Followill said. 'We didn't want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play. It was ridiculous.'"