Update, 1:14 p.m.: From the Up to Eleven Twitter feed:
the king khan
& bbq will unfortunately not be able to perform tonight at the
jackpot. refunds available at point of purchase. HOWEVER.....those darlins and
the spook lights WILL BE playing at the jackpot. tickets only $7 at the
door. celebrate friday the 13th in lawrence
Update, 11:06 a.m.: The rumors are true. The booking agent confirmed that the band was arrested yesterday in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The tour manager remains in jail, but everyone else is out on bail. No word of the charges yet, but the band will not be performing tonight.
Earlier post (10:30 a.m.): Our sister blog A to Z reported this morning that Arish "King" Khan and Mark Sultan of the garage duo King Khan & BBQ Show did not appear for their gig last night in St. Louis at Off Broadway.
The duo that comprises the King Khan & BBQ Show missed its early evening soundcheck and were M.I.A. and incommunicado throughout the night. Even as the eager crowd filed into the packed venue and witnessed a pair of impressive (though clearly stalling) opening acts, the chatter was that the headliners hadn't been heard from since they left Nashville--their previous tour date-- around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
At approximately 11 p.m., local concert promoter Joey O'Farrell grabbed the mic and sheepishly delivered the news: The King Khan and BBQ would not be performing. No, he didn't know where they were or what had happened. Yes, Off Broadway was offering a full refund to anyone who wanted it.
Then Deer Tick singer John McCauley took the stage and delivered an impromptu set of classic rock and roll covers.
According to O'Farrell and Off Broadway owner Steve Pohlman, Khan and Sultan were arrested somewhere between Nashville and St. Louis. The charge is rumored to be drug possession, but neither party could offer any specifics.
... A call to Khan's tour manager's cell phone went unanswered and straight to a message saying that her voicemail inbox is full.
The arrest has not been confirmed, and Jacki Becker of Up to Eleven Productions, which promoted the show, said this morning she had no information.
The duo is scheduled to play the Jackpot Music Hall tonight. A call is in to the band's booking agent, and updates will be posted as received.