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Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour; 5 Ways Caleb Followill Can Get His Voice Back

Band cancels rest of U.S. tour including Texas make-up dates, TMZ says

UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): It's official, as per Live Nation press release: It ain't happenin'. Refunds available either automatically (for online/smartphone tickets) or at point of purchase.

Kings of Leon's big breakdown in Big D is still burning up the blogosphere, Twitterverse and less up-to-the-minute media. Rocks Off happened to be up at the crack of dawn today, and it was one of the three stories Channel 39's morning-news-with-an-attitude EyeOpener teased at the top of their broadcast.

Honestly, Rocks Off was not in the least bit surprised to hear what happened. As a good Southerner through and through, we admire the Followill boys' work-hard-play-hard lifestyle, but as someone over the age of 30, we are also fully aware of the toll it can reap on even the healthiest young buck's constitution.

The band had been more or less on the road nonstop since the release of 2008's Only By the Night, so by our estimation, Kings of Leon should have shut down their touring machine after the whole Final Four "Big Dance" rigamarole, if not sooner. Of course, try telling them that. Some people just have to learn the hard way, like opening their mouth to discover no more sound is coming out.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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