King Khan Knitting Factory

King Khan And The Shrines

The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY

October 05 2018

Review by Mark Ashe

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Psychedelic soul, that’s the perfect description of the King Khan And The Shrines show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn this past Friday.  From the opening note to the last encore, one never knows what to expect at a King Khan And The Shrines show.  From body surfing, to Orgasm standing atop the crowd to Khan cursing out members of the audience.  What an amazing, entertaining, crazy and fun show.

King Khan And The Shrines are a nine piece band consisting of King Khan (Arish Ahmad Khan) as Himself on Vocals and Guitar, Ben Ra – Space Sax, Big Fred Roller – Big Sax, Till Timm – Tn’T, Fredovitch – Orgasm, Riddiman – Bass, John Boy Adonis – Skins, Ron Streeter – Percussions, Simon Wojan – Trumpet, Guitar and Morbach – Alto Sax and Brazilian Donkey Teeth Supplier, whatever that means.  The Shrines are a German band with the exception of Khan who was born in Montreal to and Indo-Canadian family, but now resides in Berlin.

A King Khan And The Shrines show is a cross between a Bollywood James Brown, Garage Rock, Psychedelic soul and as the band’s bio says the greatest cult phenomenon since the parting of the Milky Way.  This also includes three costume changes by Khan.  He comes out wearing what I might call a traditional outfit for a rock show.  Shirt, jacket, slacks, cape and of course a donkey-tooth necklace.  After a few songs, Khan comes back wearing a skin-tight black onesie lined with fur, showcasing is large belly that have two holes showcasing his ass cheeks along with black bejeweled sunglasses.  Finally, for the encore, Khan, dressed scantily in tight black undies and no shirt accompanied by the donkey-tooth necklace and a warrior helmet.

The entertaining show also had some great music.  The astounding cult-garage rock song “Land of The Freak” to “69 Faces of Love” (Khan’s brother’s favorite song) to “Clem The Private Asshole.”  Use your imagination on this one.  Early on Fredovitch, went out into the audience to crowd surf, coming back to the stage, he slipped on his spilled beer and knocked over his KORG keyboards, yet continued to play from the floor.  Later on, Fredovitch took his KORG with him out in the crowd.  He had members of the audience hold it up over their heads; he got up on top of it and started to dance.  Yes, true!  I have the photos.  Luckily, no one got hurt and Fredovitch didn’t fall on his way back to the stage.

King Khan And The Shrines are continuously on the road, yet the show still seems fresh to the band.  The show is raw, not finely tuned, but lots of fun.  It reminds me of a Dr. Demento show.  Your not sure what’s going to happen next and Khan and the bands certainly don’t know what’s going to happen next.  The band has a huge cult following and the sold-out crowd loved every second of the show.  King Khan & The Shrines apparently have pillaged countless stages around the world and are known to frequently drive audiences into a sweaty orgy. If musical salvation is what you need, if your soul is searching for true absolution, look no further….  Let King Khan & The Shrines come into your mind, body and soul to heal your every hurt.

A full gallery of photos from this show is located here.

Set list:

Band Intro

Thorn In Her Pride

Took My Lady To Dinner

Pickin’ Up The Trash

Feed The Flora

Clem The Private Asshole

Land of The Freak

No Regrets

Bite My Tongue

Torture

Sweet Tooth

Fool Like Me

Born To Die

Burnin’ Inside

Fishy Things

69 Faces of Love

 

ENCORE

Children of the World

Stone Soup

Shivers Down My Spine

 

TOUR DATES:

10.9.18 New Orleans, LA

10.10.18 Houston, TX

10.11.18 Austin, TX

10.13.18 Phoenix, AZ

10.14.18 Lake Perris, CA

10.15.18 San Diego, CA

10.17.18 San Francisco, CA

10.19.18 Portland, OR

10.20.18 Seattle, WA

10.21.18 Vancouver, Canada

Philadelphia show from earlier on this same tour from the video channel of markit aneight

 

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