I always wondered how it is that American bands end up touring in India and how they are received – I know that the big concerts in Delhi are usually far more hard rock bands rather than anything that the kids here are listening to today. I was surprised then to watch this short documentary of the Black Lips, a very non-hard rock band, go on tour in India. You may recognize their song Bad Kids from (500) Days of Summer. (The ending of the movie is NSFW; hat tip to rockistani).
I thought the video was amusing, raw, and fun, ending on a spectacular rock star note. And for those who want to see how the movie ended and are curious about the “NSFW” rating without watching the whole thing, I’ll tell you after the jump.> Indian police have allegedly chased Black Lips from the country, bringing the band’s tour to an ignominious end.
The Atlanta, Georgia garage-rockers were in the middle of an Indian tour, playing hotspots such as Bangalore and Mumbai. Barraged with bottles in Pune, the band was a little better received in Chennai, where they were playing the Campus Rock Idol showcase at Sir Mutha Venkata Subbarao Concert Hall.
Unfortunately, this positive reception made them a little feisty. According to one blog, guitarist Cole Alexander stripped and jumped into the crowd, returning to the stage only to snog his bandmates. Such nude antics, at least in Chennai, reportedly qualify as indecent exposure – and soon the band was on the run.
“After the fiasco, which the kids seemed to like, the financial backers of the event were furious and threw us off the tour,” the band explained on their website. “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.”[guardian]
I shouldn’t be surprised that the band had to flee the country, but at the same time, I kind of am. When I was in Delhi a few months ago, I saw a naked man walking down the middle of the street in broad daylight surrounded by his entourage of followers. All the band member did was moon the crowd and grab his crotch. I guess, indecent exposure is a relative term.