Kings of Leon and the Pigeon Poop: An Update [Updated With Response]
[Update, Monday, July 27, 9 p.m. Kings of Leon's publicist tells us that the story is "absolutely untrue."]
Erin Kinsella Kings of Leon at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, July 23, 2010
Three days after pigeon poop shut down Kings of Leon's show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, the story continues to be the talk of the town. Naturally, the local rumor mill has swirled into high gear with plenty of conspiracy theories -- and conflicting stories.
Favazz, the long-time DJ on KSHE 95 FM, was discussing the concert over the air today during his afternoon shift. During the show, he received a phone call from a listener who claims he was working backstage at the venue on Friday night - and saw something very different.
According to the caller, who wished to remain anonymous and didn't want the conversation broadcast on air, it was drinking - not pigeons - that caused the concert to end early.
"He said that the band got there at 11 o'clock, drank all day - and I don't think I said this on the air - but each of them took an IV to try to sober up," Favazz told A to Z. "And that they were just wasted. They went out there and just couldn't play, [and] blamed it on the pigeons."
Favazz added that this conversation corroborated what he read on Facebook over the weekend. (In fact, he said the caller told him that whoever had posted about the band drinking had already been fired.)
The local Live Nation office referred me to the Vice President of Communications in the company's Beverly Hills office for comment; a voicemail left hasn't yet been returned. I also have an email into Kings of Leon's publicist for comment.
In their statement on Saturday, Kings of Leon mentioned that both opening bands, the Stills and the Postelles, were also pooped on. I have questions sent to both bands for clarification/comment and am waiting on responses.
We'll update the story once we have more information.