Kings of Leon has announced that it will postpone its March tour dates overseas, allowing drummer Nathan Followill time to recover from recent surgery. The latest setback for the rock group's world tour comes just one month after a tour bus fire forced it to reschedule a concert in London.
The postponed gigs, which would have brought the Kings of Leon to Australia and South Africa between Mar. 6-27, have been moved "to November 2011 to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover from surgery for a torn right labrum and bicep," reads an announcement from Australian live-events promoter Frontier Touring Company. According to the statement, doctors have advised the drummer that he will need at least three months to fully recover from the surgery.
"Sorry to all the fans in Australia and South Africa," Followill wrote on Twitter on Friday (Jan. 28). "My bum wing needs more time to heal but we'll be back later this year. Sorry again."
It's been a rough week for Followill, who came under fire last Wednesday for a war of words with "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy, over the band's refusal to license its music to the show. "Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f---," Followill wrote on Twitter before quickly apologizing to "anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic."
Before Kings of Leon makes up the nine postponed tour dates in November, the group will support its fifth studio album, "Come Around Sundown," with a European trek that kicks off on May 28 in Ireland. KoL is also scheduled to headline the opening night of the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. on Apr. 15.