Chicken-Fried News: Quest of Leon 

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  • Madeline Hancock

Though Kings of Leon fans in New York, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and New Hampshire are still upset over recent canceled shows, fans with tickets to shows in New Jersey and Pennsylvania this weekend can rest easy, as the band returns to its scheduled tour this Thursday with a show at Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center.

An Aug. 9 tour bus accident left drummer Nathan Followill with broken ribs and forced the band to cancel two weeks of shows on its current Mechanical Bull tour. However, that didn’t stop the Followills from performing on The Tonight Show with Roots drummer Questlove filling in for Nathan — and replacing the iconic electrical-tape “KOL” on his bass drum with a fitting “QOL” — on Aug. 12.

While previous canceled shows and rehab rumors have marred the band’s image and turned away fans in the past, it seems the Followills are making concerted efforts to reform and keep fans happy.

“The more time you spend with your fans, the more you get back,” frontman Caleb Followill told Broward/Palm Beach New Times.

And Nathan was even tweeting from his recovery bed.

“Thanks again for all of the well wishes. Best family, friends & fans in the whole wide world,” he tweeted Aug. 11, just two days after the accident.

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