Greenville’s own Ben Kweller is hoping for a bloodless performance tonight on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.

Kweller, who is touring the U.S. and Europe in support of his third solo album entitled “Ben Kweller,” was bothered by a severe nosebleed during his appearance on Saturday at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

The former Radish frontman’s nose started bleeding shortly before his performance but he gamely continued on so as not to disappoint thousands of fans watching at Zilker Park in Austin and at home on streaming Internet video. Kweller used towels and even a feminine sanitary product stuffed up his nose to try to stop the bleeding but wasn’t successful as the blood flowed down his face, denim vest and onto his guitar.

“If you don’t care, I don’t care,” Kweller told the crowd, according to one report on the Internet. “I’m not going to bleed to death in front of you.”

But Kweller still had to cut his set short, apologizing profusely to the fans.

“They say that Austin is the allergy capital of the world, but I never believed them,” Kweller said before walking off the stage.

Prior to his Austin show, the 25-year-old earned a favorable review in The Dallas Morning News for his performance at a packed Granada Theater in Dallas on Friday night.

After tonight’s TV performance on NBC, Kweller is scheduled to appear at the Avalon on Friday night in Los Angeles and then at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on Sunday.

He has seven more concerts scheduled out west in Oregon, Washington and Colorado before hitting the Midwest for shows in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and Cincinnati. Kweller’s tour also heads to Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before he returns to his adopted hometown of New York City.

Kweller is also scheduled to tour Europe during November with dates in France, Germany, England and Scotland.

His new album, which features 11 tracks, hit music stores on Tuesday. Kweller wrote all 11 songs and plays all the instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, organ, glockenspiel, xylophone, harmonica and drums.



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