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It’s a shame that King Khan & The Shrines are only getting popular now given that they have been going on for the last 10 or so years. Doing my research before going to their live show, I learned that King Khan  is originally from Montreal and went to Berlin when he was 22 and found his Shrines there. What Is?!  really a compilation of all their best tracks from over the years rather than a new album. It’s pretty much impossible to hate this record. Wikipedia describes them as garage rock and psychedelic soul band but that’s just tip of the ice-berg.  I picked up my vinyl copy after their live show and I suggest you do the same.

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King Khan & The Shrines put on one of the best shows I have ever seen. I know I say that every time I attend a show but this time, I mean it. I mean whats there not to like. You’ve got King Khan himself who seems to channel James Brown, the cheerleader who danced her heart out for the entire show spraying glitter over the dancing crowd every couple of minutes and the amazing backing band including the amazing brass section and a percussionist who formerly played for Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder.

The whole show was a spectacle and I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. I was always guessing as to what King Khan will do next. He comes to the stage adorned in a leopard skin suit along with a peacock feathered headpiece and at the end of the show once everything was said and done, King Khan was seen shirtless wearing a golden cape and what looked like a Darth Vader mask.

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At one point, King Khan asked the crowd if they were in to gospel music and proclaimed that it was time for some gospel revival music but not just any gospel music. Obviously since this was a King Khan show , it would be “erotic gospel music”. I was curious as to what that would entail and I was not let down. With the help of his backing band, King Khan started talking about what could be described as an experience of “live rebirth” along with all the gory details but it was hilarious. He would always dedicate a song to a certain demographic among the crowd. He started the infectious track “I wanna be a Girl” by dedicating it to all the “transvestites, faggots and to all the people who make this world a fun place to live in”. He called out to all the unemployed people while singing “Welfare Bread” and to all the freaks before belting out their most popular song “Land of the Freak”. At one point, a drunk fan gets up on stage and start dancing with King Khan which was hilarious. I was able to capture that on video.

An hour and half went by way too fast and the show was over. If you get a chance to see them live, do not miss it.

Here is another short clip of  “No Regrets” duing the encore.

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