As previously reported, Sultan is making the rounds solo-styles through North America, but the day after his June 16 at Montreal's La Sala Rossa, his jumped-up combo Les Sexareenos will get together for a gig at the city's Il Motore venue.
Sultan will then head out for a couple more solo shows in the Maritimes before stopping in Toronto and Vancouver with longtime collaborator King Khan for a couple of sets as the King Khan & BBQ Show.
A lengthy blog post from Sultan explains the dynamic of the beloved project, detailing how Khan's occasionally outrageous onstage antics, through no fault of his own, often overshadow the duo's excellent songsmanship. Sultan is selling himself short in the statement, unfortunately.
Here's a bit of what Sultan had to say:
So, originally, we were two guys in a band, Khan being the extroverted entertainer, and I, taking on the role of the grumpy introvert. Our goal was always to exaggerate our inherent personalities to maximize the yin-yang of it all, and make something magickal. What happened was that most people were taken aback by Khan's antics (which were awesome, admittedly), and invisibility set in for me -- which was ok, at the time, as I tried focusing more on the songwriting side, and singing my ass off. I am the kind of person who can only be himself -- it's to my detriment. So ya, I figured the songs i wrote and sang would be 'my' star, and it seemed as though the music held some importance while we were playing, as people sang along, etc… But as the band 'grew', and as more folks came to shows, it became more and more obvious that people were either there to be 'seen' or to play dress-up for a night -- the music was secondary, at best. I am unsure as to whether or not people actually care about this music, these songs, or need to have the music presented in another context to enjoy it -- tho it's the exact same music in any situation. Like the Pepsi challenge. But more embarrassing.
You can read the full statement here and check out all the dates below.
Mark Sultan/BBQ tour dates:
5/23 Detroit, MI - PJ's Lager House 5/24 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle 5/25 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club 5/26 Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club 5/28 Omaha, NE - Slowdown 5/29 Oklahoma City, OK - Blue Note 5/31 Dallas, TX - City Tavern 6/1 Austin, TX - Scoot-Inn (Chaos In Tejas) 6/2 Houston, TX - Continental Club 6/4 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone 6/5 Nashville, TN - Zombie Shop 6/7 Cincinnati, OH - Motr 6/8 Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups 6/9 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom 6/15 Montreal, QC - Sala Rosa (Suoni Del Popolo) 7/6 Moncton, NB - The Manhattan 7/7 Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar
Les Sexareenos tour dates:
6/16 Montreal, QC - Il Motore (Suoni Del Popolo)
The King Khan & BBQ Show tour dates:
7/13 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace 7/14 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore