Kings of Leon breakup rumors fly

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Kings of Leon, probably America's biggest homegrown rock band right now, played a shambling four-song set at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas last Friday before leaving the stage. They later tweeted about "internal problems," before cancelling the remainder of their U.S. tour on Monday.

Four songs into the band's set, and in front of 15,000 fans, singer Caleb Followill announced "My voice is 100 percent completely gone," and went on to state that he had "no idea what [he was doing]" and that he loved his wife dearly.

Followill finished the rant with what would have been a pretty impressive promise had it not fallen through: "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit. I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs." He failed to return.

Bass player Jared and guitarist Matthew, both Followills themselves, returned onstage after about twenty minutes and apologized for their errant vocalist: "Caleb's just a little unfit to play the rest of the show… it's not really our fault, it's Caleb." Way to throw him under the bus, guys.

Later that evening, the tweet-storm began, with Jared issuing these two rumor-starting gems: "Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words," which was later followed by "I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

Then, on Monday, the band canceled the remainder of its American tour, citing "vocal issues and exhaustion" on Caleb's part.

Maybe it's time. I've loved the Kings of Leon since "Molly's Chambers" introduced them to the world as the country-fried Strokes, and their sound only got deeper and more unique with Aha Shake Heartbreak and Because of the Times before they turned into Gucci models and started writing lowest-common denominator songs like "Use Somebody" and the cringe-inducingly stupid "Sex on Fire." A breakup now would let them exit at the height of their popularity and probably give us some decent solo projects.