King Khan Talks Psychedelic Mushrooms, Black Panthers and Native Americans

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That tour precedes the release of the King Khan & BBQ Show's newest album, which will be out early next year on In the Red Records. "I think it's one of the best records we've ever done," Khan says. "We're changing our name. We've been called King Khan & BBQ Show for a long time, and, to be honest, people always get it wrong. People don't understand that Mark Sultan is half the band. Mark wasn't getting the proper justice for being his own entity and a great singer and songwriter. We want to be called the Bad News Boys."

King Khan considers Mark Sultan to be family, and, like most families, the two have had their share of troubles, including a temporary breakup. Shortly before the split in 2009, they were detained by the law on their way to a show in St. Louis which they infamously were forced to cancel.

As Khan explains, "The only reason we got in trouble was such a stupid formality. I mean, yes, you're not supposed to carry psychedelic mushrooms around there. It's just a rule of thumb that I stupidly did not adhere to. But I've never been scared in America -- thank the gods that nothing bad has happened to us there. I think that, in a certain way, if you follow the right path, you're protected. You know, a lot of people might not believe that, but if your intentions are good, then there is some kind of protection out there."

"Sometimes, of course, the storm comes and destroys certain things," he says with a pause. "But whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

King Khan & the Shrines
9 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $15 to $18. 314-773-3363.

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