Posted in music on June 25, 2010

The King Khan & BBQ Show @ Bowery in November (more by Tim Griffin)
The King Khan & BBQ Show

It's hard to take any King Khan news 100% serious. And like many dysfunctional couples, just because King Khan and BBQ are "broken up" doesn't mean they might not get back together. That said, here's the story...

Laurie Anderson's concert for dogs in Sydney Australia was part of the Vivid Sydney Festival, which she and Lou Reed curated. Acts they brought included Holly Miranda, Emily Haines, Boris, Doveman, Marc Ribot and Dave Hidalgo, My Brightest Diamond, Melt Banana and, a favorite of Laurie's, the King Khan & BBQ Show, whose two shows at the fest did not go smoothly. What happened at their gigs isn't exactly clear, but it's been all down hill since an argument after the second one. The blog Rockaliser Baby has details on the group's canceled June 19th show in Seoul, where more drama went down. That was to be the last of three shows in South Korea (they "successfully" performed two nights before in Daegu). Between those posts, King Khan's account of their Australian shows and Mark (BBQ) Sultan's version of the story on the band's Facebook, you could spend an afternoon catching up on everything that happened.

Mark Sultan is currently recovering from the disastrous trip in Cambodia, and though no official statement has been made (except maybe by Mark Sultan in a comment hidden far down on his Facebook wall), all signs point to the group being broken up.

The duo are currently still on the schedule for Sled Island in Calgary June 30-July 1, where King Khan is one of the curators, but the band doesn't have any upcoming dates listed and they did officially cancel other dates (like September 28 at Neumos).

It's not the first time the band has had trouble on the road - most recently, in 2009, their tour manager was arrested mid-tour, forcing them to cancel some shows.

And King Khan made news (TMZ included) earlier this year when he showed his ass to Lindsay Lohan after an Almighty Defenders (a group BBQ is also in) show at Cannes.

No video from these shows in Australia or Korea (yet), but clips from their set at Primavera Sound at the end of May is posted below...

Primavera Sound 2010: The King Khan & the BBQ Show - I'll be loving you

King Khan & BBQ Show playing at Primavera Sound 2010



Comments (20)

I like going to see them, that would be a bummer if they broke up

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 10:37 AM

Darren Mabee is heartbroken!

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 10:45 AM

Korean BBQ ate King Kahn BBQ.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 10:50 AM

this band blows.. ass clowns

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 10:51 AM

snooze alert. sexereenos and spaceshits were way better

Posted by Long Gone Baun | June 25, 2010 10:55 AM

10:51 - get stuffed

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 10:55 AM

Fucking opera prudes....

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 11:41 AM

No more tastebuds boys?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 12:06 PM

Mark Sultan kills it in that clip above! Khan looks completely fucked. They're a great duo, but Mark is the best part, period. Looks like Khan should get his shit together. Make a good thing right again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 12:17 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 12:31 PM

Khan's efforts to be the all-encompassing good time rock n roller showman have given him an ego complex the size of a whale (the size of Sultan actually). That being said, he has been an extremely nice fellow. One time at Maxwell's, he went through every last damn box of shirts he could find just to give me the one I wanted.

Sultan is a grumpy, cantankerous, combative snob who at the same time can also be a pretty nice fellow but decreasingly so over the years. He doesnt listen to anything recorded after 65? Really?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 12:51 PM

hopefully this means more shows with the shrines. this kind of music is supposed to be fun, right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 1:42 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 2:11 PM

Go eat ribs instead.


Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 4:14 PM

hope this is true. such superficial bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 6:25 PM

What is superficial bullshit?

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 6:35 PM

It's what 6:25 mutters to himself before he returns to his volume of Dickens and his snifter of cognac.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2010 9:23 PM

LOL at the dickens comment. i think these guys will get back together. they just need a break. i'm sure sultan just gets frustrated being around a crazy fellow like Kahn for long periods

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 4:26 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...

Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 1:40 AM

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