Kings of Leon postpone overseas tour dates after drummer's surgery
The band Kings of Leon has been forced to postpone March tour dates in Australia and South Africa after it was announced on drummer Nathan Followill's Twitter page that he is recovering from surgery.
"Sorry to all the fans in Australia and South Africa," Followill wrote. "My bum wing needs more time to heal but we'll be back later this year. Sorry again."
According to the Australian live-events promoter Frontier Touring Company, Followill is recovering from "a torn right labrum and bicep."
The delay comes a month after the group's tour bus caught on fire and forced the band to reschedule their December tour dates in London.
Followill has Tweeted about his arm problems before. "First day at the doc 4 my shoulder diagnosis post surgery. Fingers crossed that I can get back on the drums soon and restart the gun show," he wrote on January 12.
The band is still scheduled to headline the opening night of the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on April 15.
The cancellation also comes on the heels of Followill's controversial response to "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy bashing the band in The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy called the band "self-centered" for not allowing him to use their songs on episodes of "Glee."
In response, Followill suggested to Murphy "see a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra." The Tweet was later deleted and Followill apologized for his remarks by saying, "I'm sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I'm so not that kind of person. I really do apologize."