Pigeon Poop, Poncho’s and Kings of Leon

I’m sure that many readers have already learned about the recent Kings Of Leon show in St.Louis, MO where the band walked off stage after three songs due to a deluge of pigeon poop.  Although I agree that being pooped on by a bird at any time is disgusting and revolting, in rock n’ roll you can’t just wimp out and stop playing a show! When the tickets cost $50 (jeez, are these guys really worth $50 in this economy to see live?) you tough it out and give the people their money’s worth.

Regardless of the ticket price, you don’t cancel a show due to bird poop, even it you get a drop on your cheek; just wipe it off and rock on.  As one fan stated over the cancellation ” I’m sure these guys deal with worst things back stage as rockstars, and like it too!”, funny right? 

I think band has proved themselves to be a bunch of primadonna’s that are more concerned about getting their Armani black t-shirts dirty rather than worrying about the multitude of people who fought traffic jams, stood in line for tickets, and waited weeks (if not months) for a show in their home town, just to see them play.

 The thing that struck me the most is that these guys are millionaire’s (several times over I’m sure), none of the roadies could have zinged out to Wal Mart, Target, or some tourist trap in St.Louis and snagged some $2 plastic poncho’s?  I think the fans would have thought highly of the band if they stopped playing, dissed the venue and the promoters for the disgusting conditions, donned some poncho’s and played on.  Make a positive out of a negative and retain your fan base; clearly the Kings of Leon are ok with playing in dingy dives, stapling paper flyers on telephone poles promoting their next gig, and eating peanut butter sandwiches for dinner again out of their car.  Remember Kings of Leon, you’ve got the dream job of getting paid tens of thousands for 3 hours playing your instruments…I have no sympathy.  Think about the janitors that get $7 and hour cleaning the venue bathrooms after your show, tell me who’s got more of a gripe to walk off the job?

I recall the 1994 Woodstock show when people were flinging large amounts of mud and sod at Green Day and those guys took it in stride, actually playing as it hit their faces and instruments, they knew the fans ate it up and regardless if they sounded horrible, the show must go on.  Clearly the Kings of Leon need to learn from this and hopefully regain the attention of St.Louis fans.  I say boycott the band in St. Louis until they play free show in the park, what do you think?

Is that a real poncho or is that a Sear’s poncho?”  – Frank Zappa

5 Responses to “Pigeon Poop, Poncho’s and Kings of Leon”

  1. 1 ericstraus
    July 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    I’m afraid I’m going to have to disagree with most of what you said. I don’t think you can fault them for leaving the stage. They have their mouths open, singing, and poop lands right on their lip, and they should just shrug it off? No way…first there’s the health risk. Pigeon poop is full of bacteria – they get that into their system and they’re canceling more shows. Second, it doesn’t matter if they’re the Kings of Leon or the Rolling Stones or some garage band playing a bar…falling poop = leaving the stage. That’s just intolerable. Fans throwing mud is one thing…that’s rock n’ roll, and yes Green Day was cool for rolling with it. But if fans were flinging poop you think they’d have stayed? No way.
    This is all the venue’s fault, and the band’s management as well for not noticing this. How do you allow pigeons to keep their nests up there when you know they will be shitting on the stage? They could have bought a frickin $5 tarp and covered the stage, problem solved. As for the poncho idea, that probably would be ok too, but the ponchos idea shouldn’t even have to be brought up.
    No way were they being prima donnas. Pigeon poop was on their face. Sorry fans, demand the venue refund your tickets…but don;t fault the band for leaving.

    • 2 jacobull
      July 28, 2010 at 9:53 PM

      I disagree, first of all if you know the birds are crapping on the stage, singing with your head down might help; pigeon poop rarely defy’s gravity, so…

      Yeah, the venue is totally at fault here and that is without question. Shame on them for knowing about this and allowing performers to have to tolerate that condition, but again, do you not think there were alternatives to just walking off the stage and cancelling the perfomance all together? It’s not like there was a fire, hurricane, or massive stampede where people died (even then The Who still played, wow!), those would be rightful reasons to cancel and entire show, but pigeon poop, c’mon?

      I remember living in Boston and walking downtown to my job, getting pooped on by a pigeon was not all that uncommon. Yes, I got nailed in the face several times over a decade of living there, but did I call into work since I was afraid that the bacteria would threaten my life? This was not a case of a bucket full of crap raining down like some slime from Nickelodean, it’s a drop here or there, disgusting yes, cancel-worthy…no.

      I feel bad for the band, but more for the fans. I still think that the saying “the show must go on” fits here, and Kings of Leon need to toughen up and deal.

      • 3 ericstraus
        July 28, 2010 at 11:59 PM

        I think it’s easy for you to say that as you sit in your office without fear of pigeon poop falling into your mouth. They had to cancel the show – what, were they going to wait until animal control rounded up the pigeons? I don’t think they knew what was going on, which is why they played three songs…and once they realized the problem, how can you possibly blame them for bolting? Getting hit by poop while walking to work is one thing…but would you park yourself under a ledge filled with pooping pigeons, tempting fate?

      • 4 jacobull
        July 29, 2010 at 12:23 AM

        It’s so easy to say “well, it’s easy for you to say, you work in an office”, ok, so what is your point? I also played in a band for 10 years and you know what, I would have traded my left nut to have pigeon poop land on my face one gig out of hundred’s to play music for a more than decent living.
        You asked “what were they supposed do?”, read my initial post dude, PONCHO’S, how hard would the have been to get? So, stop the show for 15 minutes while the venue and the band try to figure out a way to keep the show going.
        Is the bird crap gross, you bet! But dude it’s not that big of a deal that you feel justified to leave 5,000 people left holding their ticket stubs and be told to go home after 15 minutes of music. I’m sure many fans were wondering how come they can’t simply figure out how to resolve the issue at that time and play on, sorry dude, you’re not winning me over; “shit happens”.

  2. 5 ericstraus
    July 29, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    My point is that it’s easy for you to say they should have stayed on stage when the poop isn’t falling into your mouth. And yes, I’m sure when you were in a band you would have traded places with them, and would have endured bird crap so you could “make it.” But the fact is they have worked hard to get where they are and should not have to deal with bird shit falling on their faces. Do you really think ANY band of their popularity would have stayed on stage? No way. I do feel bad for the fans, and I’m sure the band does as well.

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