The inimitable Arish "King" Khan made a surprise appearance at The Highland Inn Lounge last night for the weekly Kirkwood Ballers Club open mic night. The place was packed, spirits were high and Khan, who flew to Atlanta from Berlin, played guitar and sang in an impromptu set with Bobby Ubangi (vocals / tamborine), Frank Jenson (drums), Jessica Juggz (drums), and a guest appearance by Brent Hinds from Mastodon who also played guitar.
The legendary pairing of the king and the behemoth on one stage together seemed to be working just fine as they pounded their way through a few, sloppy garage rock numbers, including a cover of the song, "GLORIA." The crowd loved it. The band was all smiles and at one point Arish even dumped a beer out on Brents head, but it all looked like it was in good fun.
However, the mood changed drastically when shortly after the set, Khan took a fist to the face from Brent, that resulted in a trip to the hospital.
The formerly amicable party atmosphere turned into somewhat of a witch hunt, but Brent had left the building.
Here's my account.
I was standing in line at the bar after the show and Khan walked past me and said something, but the house music was too loud for me to hear what he said, and he was holding a blood-soaked rag to his mouth.
The guy in line with me, Mike Keenan from the band Hawks, turned to me and asked, "Did he say that Brent punched him in the face?"
That's when the air in the room turned into a whirlwind. Angry hipsters stormed to and fro, carrying blood-soaked rags and looking for Brent but he was nowhere to be found.
I caught up with Khan after the trip to Atlanta Medical Center, which resulted in three stitches in his upper lip.
"The thing about it is that he dumped beer on his own head first," Khan said. "After the show I apologized and offered to buy him a beer. He said 'Do you know who I am? I am the greatest guitar player around,' and punched me in the face. It sucked to get punched in the face, but I live for these kinds of adventures and I love this town."
(Photos by Kristen Klein)
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