Friend of the blog and current Seoul resident Katie H. wrote me with the news that Canadian garage duo King Khan and the BBQ show have parted ways. Her story corroborates this post, from the concert promoter. In her words:
If KK and BBQ can't patch things up--they broke up in Australia a week earlier, but worked that out--it will end a partnership that begin in the mid-nineties. I saw a pretty wild King Khan and the BBQ show in 2008 and if his last couple years are any indication, instability is the norm for Kahn. While I personally prefer his work with the Shrines--it's more soulful and fleshed out, but with the same passion and venom--the world of garage rock would be a little emptier without their partnership.
This week King Khan and BBQ Show were in Korea playing three shows, and apparently at one of the shows, in this shitty city called Daegu, King Khan and BBQ got in such a big fight that they broke up. So my friends and I heard that the show in Seoul was only going to be played by BBQ because they were on such bad terms that they couldn't share the same stage. We get to the venue and on one corner Mark Sultan is standing there awkwardly smoking cigarettes, and on the other corner of the same intersection King Khan is standing there with a friend of a friend. So we eavesdrop and find out that broke up because a) King Khan does not want to spend time with someone who "masturbates in front of porn every day" and b) King Khan spent many hours in Daegu talking to a female monk, which conversation led him to decide to abandon his life as a rock star and actually become some sort of monk at this all-female monastery in Korea. It appeared that he was serious. Then King Khan left, because BBQ wouldn't play if he were even present at the show, and THEN the entire show got cancelled because BBQ wouldn't play if the promoters continued to put King Khan up at their place, which they said that they were going to continue to do. So, no show show, but a pretty good show in a way