Pop star claims he was “misinformed”; band suggests he “drag his sorry ass over to Google maps.”
By Blurt Staff
O, cruel vicissitudes of the music industry.
Up and coming indie rockers King Of Prussia, who clearly claim Athens, GA, and Barcelona, Spain, as their transcontinental base on the info section of their Facebook page, recently landed a plum gig last week as the opening act on the first leg of pop superstar Bruno Mars’ upcoming European tour. “We are pleased, proud, and downright pleased and proud to land this plum gig on the pop superstar’s tour,” said the band, in a statement issued by their publicity agency, Team Clermont.
Sadly, over the weekend the band learned that the invitation from the Mars camp had been withdrawn after Mars learned that the group’s members were not, in fact, among Prussian royalty. Apparently Mars had been lining up opening acts with clear connections to the locales in which he intended to tour—boosting his profile by courting the locals, as the theory goes—although to date the strategy had been fraught, to put it mildly.
Recall that for the North Korean leg of Mars late 2013 tour he selected North Korean pop singer Hyon Song Wol as his opener: the tour had to be cancelled when the country’s glorious leader Kim Jong Un executed her, leading to much embarrassment in the Mars camp.
In a terse comment from Mars’ publicist Doyenne D’éclair, the decision to bump the indie rockers was “entirely due to the fact that the band misrepresented themselves. Had we known that the historic German kingdom of Prussia had effectively not existed since 1932 and removed from world maps as of 1947, we never would have asked them to join the tour.”
Mars concerts originally slated for the cities of Silesia and East Frisia have been cancelled and are expected to be rescheduled for this summer.
Meanwhile, the band King of Prussia and their touring mates Case Conrad are touring the U.S. Upcoming dates can be found right here.