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Back in the day, rockers like Ozzy Osbourne were known for their outrageous onstage antics. (Remember his infamous biting-the-head-off-a-dove stunt?) But the bands of today seem to be a whole lot softer when it comes to sharing the spotlight with birds. Take Kings of Leon: Just three songs into their St. Louis concert on Friday night, the band called it quits due to a pack of pigeons with stomach issues.
"Jared [Followill, the band's bassist] was hit several times during the first two songs," said Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management. "It's not only disgusting -- it's a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there."
Followill, 23, and a self-professed germophobe, got hit in the face with the pigeon poop right off the bat, during the band's opening number.
"I was hit by pigeons on each of the first three songs." he said. "We had 20 songs on the set list. By the end of the show, I would have been covered from head to toe."
Followill said he wasn't sure how many how many of the dirty birds were actually flying overhead -- but it definitely seemed like a whole lot.
"The last thing I was going to do was look up," he said, "but if that was only a couple, we must have caught them right after a big Thanksgiving dinner."
After the interrupted concert, the band released a statement: "We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can." Added the band's publicist, "No fans got pooped on as far as we know."
We're pretty sure Ozzy would have had those birds for a post-concert snack.
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