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- Posted on Nov 23rd 2009 4:30PM by Jenny Charlesworth
"Let's just say a lot of what was printed was totally false," Mark "BBQ" Sultan tells Spinner, on the line from the duo's Seattle tour stop, though he declined to go into details about the police incident that caused the trashy R&B-infused garage-rockers to miss a pair of gigs in St. Louis, Mo., and Lawrence, Kan.
(Last week, the band released a statement saying: "On November 16, 2009 [tour manager] Kristin Klein entered a guilty plea to 2nd degree possession of a controlled substance in Christian County, Kentucky." According to reports, that substance was allegedly magic mushrooms.)
The Montreal rocker did, however, share his frustration over how the ordeal has been misrepresented in the media.
"The shreds of truth that have come out are just shreds of truth just so we don't have to deal with talking about it anymore," Sultan says. "No matter what I add -- even though it's the complete truth -- there's so much bulls--- on the Internet that it doesn't even matter anymore. People have already formed their opinions."
Given the wild stage antics and larger-than-life personalities of Sultan and his eccentric wingman Khan, it's doubtful this is the first time the pair has had to battle it out with the ol' rumour mill. According to Sultan, that doesn't make the "lies" floating around the blogosphere any easier to swallow.
"People are full of venom and they're angry and they're vindictive for some reason around us," he says. "It's created a lot of bulls--- that has harmed us."
With a slew of tour dates still ahead of them -- the outfit is set to play Vancouver tonight and will hit Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg before a brief jaunt back into the US in early December -- Sultan is confident the lively twosome will be able to turn around this public relations hiccup in no time.
"I'd like to think that the music I make -- or the music I make with Khan -- is way more important than a bunch of nerds sitting around making s--- up."
King Khan and BBQ Show upcoming tour dates:
Nov 25, The Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta
Nov 26, Pawn Shop - Edmonton, Alberta
Nov 27, Amigos - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nov 28, Royal Albert Arms - Winnepeg, Manitoba
Nov 29 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 1, Mad Planet - Milwalkee, Wisconsin
Dec 2, Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, Illinois
Dec 3, Northside Tavern - Cinncinati, Ohio
Dec 4, Lees Palace - Toronto, Ontario
Dec 5, Babylon - Ottawa, Ontario