ST. LOUIS, July 25 (UPI) -- The call of nature overcame the call to rock at a St. Louis concert venue when the Kings of Leon were forced offstage by a barrage of pigeon poop.
The band members were pelted with poop by birds sitting in the rafters of of the Verizon Ampetheatre Friday night, forcing the Kings to cancel their performance after three songs into their set, management told CNN.
"It's not only disgusting -- it's a toxic health hazard," Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management, which represents the band, told CNN.
Bassist Jared Followill said he was hit in the face during the opening song, then on both arms during the next two songs.
"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."
CNN said Verizon Amphitheatre and concert promoter Live Nation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Followill said the band was aware of the problem after seeing members of The Postelles and The Stills, which opened the concert, but thought maybe the birds had used up their ammo on the opening acts.
"We couldn't believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets," the bassist said. "We didn't want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play. It was ridiculous."