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Praga Khan of Lords of Acid on the role of sexuality in his songwriting and writing music for Mortal Kombat

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Ww: This latest tour you're sharing with My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. How did you meet them, and did you have any role in their getting back together after that break-up last year?

P: I always make music on an emotional basis. I cannot make it on command. I have to feel I'm ready to do it; so it took me eight years before I felt like I could do another Lords of Acid album. I had this new manager, who lives in Boulder, Colorado - Chris Kniker -- and I talked to him about doing a Lords of Acid tour last year, and he said I should do it now.

So by doing this tour, we're doing kind of a reunion tour with Thrill Kill Kult, and have a great time on stage, and have new adventures. Then we'll go to the studio, and do a new album. In late winter and early spring, we'll do a new tour. I think that's the perfect formula. When I meet younger people after the show and they know about Lords of Acid, they all tell us we took some sounds from Lady Gaga. But that stuff we got twenty years ago, so I'm 100 percent sure we didn't steal that from her, because she was a small child then.

We met Thrill Kill Kult when we did the first Sextasy Ball in 1995. It's the perfect combination as a bill, because they're the perfect band to warm up the audience, because they're so amazing, and I'm a fan of their music. They're crazy enough. On stage now with the new band, I'm having so much fun, because everyone is really excited to go on tour, and you can see that they really want to do it and rock.

Ww: Your shows are a real production. Was that something you did from the beginning and what have been your inspirations for how you present your music?

P: I'm very much a visual thinker, so when I write a song, I create a visual. That's why I always work with a project, because I think it goes well with the music. For this tour, we started doing the shows without projections, and it was really rough. But the energy on stage has been really exciting, and now that that we have a new foundation, I'll be adding the projections from the Salt Lake City show forward [including Denver]. Lords of Acid is about the total experience.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.