BIRDS 1, KINGS OF LEON 0

Austin American-Statesman - - TUESDAYBRIEFING -

Rock bands have bat­tled through storms and high tem­per­a­tures when per­form­ing at the out­door Ver­i­zon Wire­less Am­phithe­atre near St. Louis, but a bom­bard­ment of pi­geon drop­pings proved too much for the

Kings of Leon.

The band halted its Fri­day night con­cert af­ter three songs when birds in the arena’s rafters tar­geted the stage.

Bassist Jared Fol­low­ill seemed to be a par­tic­u­lar tar­get, the group’s man­age­ment com­pany said in a state­ment.

“I’m sur­prised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,” Andy Men­del­sohn of Vec­tor Man­age­ment said. “Jared was hit sev­eral times dur­ing the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn’t take it any longer.”

Fans will get a full re­fund, pro­moter Live Nation said.

The open­ing bands ap­par­ently were hit with their share of drop­pings, too.

“We couldn’t be­lieve what the Postelles and the Stills looked like af­ter their sets,” Fol­low­ill said. “We didn’t want to can­cel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play. It was ridicu­lous.”

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