They said they would clean up their act for India, but Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander must have never received that memo, as he stunned audience members during a performance in Chennai, India last Friday with a naked stage-diving spectacle, causing the band to flee India in a hurry.
After ripping his clothes off onstage, and flailing into the crowd at the Sir Mutha Venkata Subbarao Concert Hall, Alexander proceeded to shock audience members some more as he made out with his fellow band members. Obviously unaccustomed to a Black Lips performance, the show was then stopped by promoters and the resulting backlash has forced the Lips to cancel the remainder of their tour dates in India.
The band sent an e-mail to their record label, Vice Records, saying the promoters were pressing charges and the police were planning on arresting them, so the band fled the scene and hopped on a flight to Berlin.
When we got to the hotel our tour guide informed us that the that the Campus Rock Idols 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. The drive ended up taking 10 hours because of a horrific accident on the road. We were also informed that all of the shows on our tour had been canceled effectively fucking all funds for the trip. This was a cultural clashing shit storm.
The e-mail did go onto state that they were somewhat apologetic for the mishaps they caused saying, We would like to thank the four Hindi speaking tour guides, and Rana Ghose for helping us get through these enormous trials and tribulations, and for future reference we really enjoyed the people of India ad we hope western rock bands will be able to tour there in the future.
The Black Lips have shows booked in Germany, starting next week, and will return to the U.S. to promote their new LP 200 Million Thousand, that is set for release on February 24. For now, Vice Records is awaiting further information concerning the band's location and any further trouble they may have encountered with the Indian police authorities.