Update, 12:21 p.m.: Jessi Darlin called from the road to say that they have heard news from King Khan & BBQ Show's camp. The band was detained by police near Hopkinsville, Ky., and Arish "King" Khan, Mark Sultan and their touring keyboard player have all been released and are staying in a hotel room. The band's tour manager is apparently still in jail. Needless to say, the band will not be making it to their show in Lawrence, Kan., tonight at the Jackpot Saloon. Those Darlins say they will be selling KK&BBQ merch, including their latest, Invisible Girl, and a Mark Sultan solo album. Still no word on why the band was arrested.
The long arm of Johnny Law seems to have snagged a touring act not long after leaving our fair city. A to Z, the music blog of St. Louis' Riverfront Times, reports that The King Khan & BBQ Show didn't make it to their gig last night at Off Broadway in the Gateway City and were apparently arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis, though at the moment no one--including the band's publicist--seems to know exactly where or why.
Our own Those Darlins opened the Off Broadway show, as they did in Nashville when the two bands played Exit/In together Wednesday night, but even they did not know what was going on with their tour mates.
Shortly after O'Farrell made the no-show official, Jessi Darlin still was unaware of her touring partner's whereabouts.
"We left [Nashville] at 11:30 this morning-- they left at 11, they should have been here before us," the sweat-drenched singer said shortly after leaving the stage. "We called the tour manager and it went straight to voicemail. The other two band members are from out of the country and don't have cell phones. We contacted the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Kentucky Highway Patrol. Nobody knows where they are."
Then, within a few minutes, word came from the bar owner and promoter that the group had been detained by police-- though neither was quite sure where or when the rumored arrest occurred. A call to Khan's tour manager's cell phone went unanswered and straight to a message saying that her voicemail inbox is full.
JT from the Darlins' camp says the RFT story jibes with what he knows. Texts to members of Those Darlins have yet to be answered this morning. We'll let you know what else we hear. In the meantime, let's hope Khan and Sultan are alright.