The rumors are true. Damian J. Kulash was arrested last night.
Here's the full story:
The J Stands For Jailbird
Late last night, while standing in front of the Orlando House of Blues, Damian Kulash was arrested and charged with "intent to take pictures and talk to fans." Also, there was a little matter of resisting arrest, which is the official charge.
The unofficial charge is "giving the wrong answer when a police officer asks you 'what part of move don't you understand?'" For those of you planning travel in the Orlando area, the correct response is not "I understood what you said; I just didn't do it." Damian didn't know that, so he was immediately handcuffed and taken inside the venue to chants of "Let him go!" (Had I been there the chants would have been "Jorge, NO!!! It's not worth it!" 'cause you know I got my boy's back.)
A bunch more cops were quickly summoned to help with all the standing around and not doing much, and eventually Damian, still handcuffed, was shoved into the back of a squad car and taken "downtown," a ride that became more fun when the SUV full of girls pulled up next to the cop car waving FREE DAMIAN signs. Damian thanks you, ladies.
Upon arrival, our hero was mugshotted, fingerprinted and thrown into a cell with a bunch of people who didn't want to sign the OK Go email list. Damian was locked up for about nine hours, during which time he ate corn flakes and made friends with a couple of guys, one of whom had rescued his longtime girlfriend from a crack den earlier that day, only to have her sic the cops on him when he came by her apartment to make sure she was doing okay. To that guy, I say: Dude--she just doesn't love you.
Damian was released this morning, and promises he'll be in fine fettle for Tuesday's show in Jacksonville. Until then, he'd like to address two rumors that have sprung up on the Internet in the last 24 hours: No, he wasn't drunk; and Yes, he did get the arresting officer to watch the "A Million Ways" video on the on-board computer. If that's not awesome, awesome doesn't exist.
Speaking of Jacksonville:
OK Go is playing at Jack Rabbit's tomorrow night. That's Tuesday, 3/14. It's an all-ages show, with OK Go hitting the stage at around 10:30. You should be there. The cops certainly will. And if you are going to the show, and have a video camera, and would like to interview the band, make sure you read this next paragraph:
OK Go on YouTube
We've started a group on YouTube, the video sharing site. You should join it immediately, as we're going to be doing trying out some very cool experiments there. The first one is called Embedded With The Band. Here's how it works:
We're picking one Fan Correspondent for each show and give them a ten minute interview with one or more band members, plus free reign to tape the show, unless the venue forbids it. As Fan Correspondent, you can document the show any way you want--interview fans, try to get bartenders to invent drinks named after Dan, get yourself arrested--it's your movie and you call the shots.
There are only three rules:
1) The band interview can be no more than 10 minutes
2) You have to use your own video camera
3) You have to edit and upload your footage to our YouTube group within a few days of the show
We need a correspondent for the Jacksonville show, probably two for Austin at SXSW, and a different correspondent for each of the UK shows. If you're interested, send an email to email@example.com with 'Fan Correspondent' and the date and location of the show in the subject line.
Sign up for our YouTube group at YouTube.com/group/okgo, and look for another update on Wednesday with news about SXSW, ringtones, and a mug shot, if I can find one.
private to Young Jeezy: Keep your head up, friend. It's been a tough weekend.
[fuck you hotlinking assholes.]