We knew it was a bad idea when the Black Lips, Atlanta's (in)famous punk outfit, announced they'd be going on a short tour of India. And wouldn't you know it, the tour's been canceled midway through because the Lips did what they typically do when they perform: get crazy. In this case, lead singer Cole Alexander apparently stripped naked and jumped into the crowd, making out with fellow bandmembers in the process. This stuff typically gets them banned from clubs in the U.S., but this is India we're talking about.
A post on their blog gives all the grimy details. It reads, "We have had to flee the country of India due to having our whole tour canceled and having to escape being held by police for indecent exposure during our most rawkus set in Chennai at the Campus Rock Idol showcase.
"After the fiasco, which the kids seemed to like, the financial backers of the event were furious and threw us off the tour. They tried to get security to restrain us until the Tamil police arrived. We locked the door while they were kicking and banging on it. Meanwhile, we slipped out the other emergency exit.
"When we got to the hotel, our tour guide informed us that the Campus Rock Idol sponsors were pressing charges and that the police would make their arrest. At that point, our tour driver informed us we would have to drive six hours to get to the next town and cross state lines, where we would be out of the Tamil authorities' jurisdiction, because apparently the jail in Chennai is no joke. Word on the street said that it was teeming with tuberculosis, violence and live maggots, so instead of risking going there we fled the scene. ... We were also informed that all of the shows on our tour had been canceled, effectively f---ing all funds for the trip. This was a cultural-clashing sh--storm."
Oh well. The Black Lips' big break in India will have to wait a bit longer. Now that they have some free time before the February release of their upcoming record, 200 Million Thousand (much anticipated by us), the band is going to head to Germany to record an EP with good friend King Khan.
India's loss is our gain.
While you're here, check out this old video of the Black Lips' antics in Brooklyn when they released their last record. Here's hoping that 200 Million Thousand is as much fun.