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August 1st, 2011 By mbreen | Music | Posted In: Live Music, Music News

Death Cab's Coming, Kings of Leon's Not


Riverbend made two concert announcements today that will have some music fans jubilant and others heartbroken. The good news — popular Indie Pop band Death Cab for Cutie will kick off their fall tour for the new album, Codes and Keys, here in Cincinnati at PNC Pavilion on Sept. 30. On the opposite of the spectrum, after some sketchy behavior during a Texas concert this weekend, Kings of Leon has decided to cancel the remainder of the band's summer tour, including the Aug. 24 stop at Riverbend with openers Band of Horses.

Tickets for Death Cab's PNC show (with Seattle-based Merge recording artist Telekinesis opening) go on sale this Friday through Ticketmaster starting at 10 a.m. and will run you $43-$53.25 (fees included). Death Cab tried the "Make a music video so wild it goes viral" marketing approach with the single "You Are a Tourist" and it worked pretty well.

The clip  — called "the first-ever live, scripted, single-take music video to be broadcast as it was filmed" — has over 1,700,000 views on YouTube and was recently nominated for an MTV Video Award for Best Art Direction. Meanwhile, the song did very well on radio, making it to No. 1 at both Triple A formatted stations and Modern Rock ones. If you've somehow not seen the clip, here ya go:

Kings of Leon had been riding an even bigger wave of chart, radio and commercial success, but after an incident in Dallas this past Friday, things aren't looking so bright.  Singer Caleb Followill told the Dallas crowd he was too hot and was leaving the stage to vomit and drink a beer, but, he assured them, he'd be back for three more songs. After he never showed and the show was stopped, the singer's bassist/brother Jared went on Twitter to vent, suggesting bigger internal issues in the band were really at the core of the problem. The band offered refunds for Friday's show, as well as Saturday's Houston show, but today they released a statement saying the entire tour was over because Caleb was "suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion."Ah, that ol' chestnut.

Regardless, refunds are available to those who bought tickets to Kings of Leon's Riverbend show at the point of purchase.

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