In a story that will assuredly not make the annals of rock ’n’ roll history, Kings Of Leon’s Friday night concert in St. Louis was cut short by a hail of pigeon shit, the animal kingdom’s ultimate heckle. Bassist Jared Followill—a “self-described germophobe,” according to CNN—seemed to be the primary target, suffering several direct hits within the opening song, including one to the face. After getting “strafed” during the two following songs, the band left the stage, never to return; drummer Nathan Followill later apologized via Twitter, saying, “Don't take it out on Jared, it's the fucking venues fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don't.” (So add “being shit on” to “unresponsive British festival crowds” on the list of “Things the Kings Of Leon do not enjoy,” and "coping with shitting pigeons" to the list of "Reasons why Cyndi Lauper is more rock 'n' roll than Kings Of Leon.") Live Nation has since offered a full refund to all concertgoers—which is probably a good idea, given the reaction. Meanwhile, those who wonder whether anything can ever be too ephemeral and fleeting to become an Internet meme have some new evidence to ponder.
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