Canceled Kings of Leon tour may cost $15 million in insurance payouts
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, August 04, 2011
8/04/11 at 5:34 AM
Multiple news sources, including Rolling Stone, are reporting that rock act Kings of Leon could face close to $15 million in insurance payouts to venues for its canceled U.S. tour.
The band canceled 29 dates of its summer tour this week, after a Dallas show ended badly and a Houston show was canceled.
Also, the band's management firm appears to be removing all YouTube clips of the group's abandoned Dallas show from the Internet. Several clips that showed lead singer Caleb Followill's statement, "I'm going to go backstage and I'm going to vomit. I'm going to drink a beer ...," have been pulled for alleged copyright infringement, according to Vector Management, which represents Kings of Leon.
The removed clips mostly showed crowd interaction from the band and between-song banter and not actual Kings of Leon music. Many other live concert videos and songs remain.
The band's management team cited "vocal issues and exhaustion" as the reasons behind the tour cancellation.
However, bassist Jared Followill posted shortly after the Dallas show, "I can't lie, there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."
The tour was insured by Lloyd's of London, who may have to pay out up to $15 million to everyone from promoters to venues who will lose money now that the show won't go on for Kings of Leon, sources report.
Two of the band members were born in Oklahoma, and the band has extensive Oklahoma ties.
Their latest documentary, "Talihina Sky," is named for the small Oklahoma town where they spent much time while growing up. Kings of Leon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The group is now based in Nashville and is known for the Grammy-winning rock anthem "Use Somebody."
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Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame act Kings of Leon may face financial repercussions from its recent U.S. tour cancellation. Here, frontman Caleb Followill and his band perform at the BOK Center in April. ADAM WISNESKI / Tulsa World file