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- Posted on Jul 25th 2010 11:30AM by Liz Colville
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According to the band's management, pigeon poop landed on Followill's face during the opening song of the night, 'Closer,' CNN reports. Followill was hit again on his arms during the next two songs. Though his bass tech was on hand to wipe off the mess, Followill is reportedly a germophobe, and was understandably distracted by the onslaught.
"I was hit by pigeons on each of the first three songs," Followill said. "We had 20 songs on the set list. By the end of the show, I would have been covered from head to toe."
""The last thing I was going to do was look up ... but if that was only a couple, we must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner," he added.
The band had been told of a "pigeon infestation" problem at the venue, but venue organizers assured the band that the situation was under control. However, the Kings of Leon's openers, the Postelles and the Stills, both came off stage reporting of pigeon poop problems. The headliners then decided to proceed with the set and assess the situation themselves -- with unfortunate consequences.
Followill phoned his mother after the called-off show. "I was attacked," he told her, "but not by humans."
The band's summer tour continues as scheduled with a show in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on Monday.