King´s X

BiografieTy Tabor - Vocals, Guitar

Doug Pinnick - Vocals, Bass

Jerry Gaskill - Vocals, Drums

A guy from Jersey, one from Illinois, and another from Mississippi...what are the odds?

Doug Pinnick came from Joliet, IL and grew up in a "musical" family where everybody sang. Jerry Gaskill hails from Bradenton, New Jersey. Ty Tabor began playing bluegrass with his family at an early age in Mississippi...So, how did they come together?
Doug and Jerry met while both were touring with the Christian rock band Petra. The two attended a gig at Evangel college in Springfield, MO and spotted a blazing guitar player... who happened to be a young Ty Tabor. Doug and Jerry felt charged and went home to look up Ty in the phone book! After some convincing the three formed a band, initially called the Edge in 1980, doing mostly cover tunes (ranging from Top 40 to Beatles, The Police and U2). The Edge played the Missouri bar scene for a few years gathering a moderate following. Many of these early recordings still exist today in the King´s X fan community. The band changed their name to "Sneak Preview" around 1983 and released a self titled LP under the same name with all original material. The material was pop 80´s rock but is still of great interest to King´s X fans as the genesis of some later King´s X songs come from this album. Notably the track "The Door" which became "Picture" on the band´s Ear Candy album released 13 years after the initial track was recorded. At the promise of a record deal the group moved to Houston in 1985. The original deal fell through but the band met up with Z.Z. Top video producer Sam Taylor, who took them under his wing and suggested the name King´s X, after a local band he was fond of in high school. After several attempts, King´s X finally scored a deal with the independent Megaforce label. The show at Cat Club in New York City (1987?) is slated by the band to be the showcase performance for Jon and Marsha Zazula of Megaforce. Rumor has it Jonny Z signed them right then and there after the stirring performance.

Now, secure with a record deal, they released their debut album, Out of the Silent Planet, in 1988. Critics and musicians took immediate notice of the band´s unique blend of Beatle´s style vocal harmonies with Black Sabbath power riffs mixed with a non-overbearing positive, spiritual theme. The track "Over My Head," from Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (the second album, released in 1989), received a moderate amount of airplay on radio and MTV, and the band found widespread favor with critics and fellow musicians (many fans and critics consider the second album a landmark and/or classic all time album). The third album, Faith Hope Love by King´s X, was the first album to reach the Top 100, due in part to the single "It´s Love," (oddly enough Ty handles the lead vocals on this song, where as Doug does on most of the material) and its success led to a major-label deal with Atlantic records. The band toured extensively (the US and Europe) in support of ´Faith Hope Love´ touring with notable acts AC/DC and Living Colour. At this time they also embarked on a mini-tour of all acoustic material showcasing their musicianship to local radio stations from Texas to Rhode Island. Their debut with Atlantic records, 1992´s King´s X, did not do as well as the previous album and was marred by the band´s "break up" with Sam Taylor (see the Dogman song ´Fool You´). The band, in search of a fresh direction from the reign of Taylor, teamed up with producer Brendan O´Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam) for 1994´s Dogman. The album was considered a break from the norm of King´s X, where vocal harmonies and musicianship still were the key, Doug handled the lead vocals for the entire album. Another notable quirk of this recording was Ty´s switch to Mesa-Boogie amps and to Zion guitars (custom built Ty Tabor model). The theme of the album was less "sprititual" and more "down to earth" (and considered by some "harsh" or "heavier". The title track "Dogman" has become a staple in the band´s live shows and was the only song to have a video made for it on this album. Atlantic seemed to have better marketing on this one with a line up of sold out shows including an appeareance at the Woodstock ´94 festival (the live version of ´Over My Head´ from this performance was released on the band´s Best Of Album in 1997), various TV appearances (MTV "Headbangers Ball", The Jon Stewart Show, The Dennis Miller Show), and a brief tour opening for Pearl Jam. The next release, 1996´s Ear Candy, saw the band fallen out of favor with Atlantic records. The band orignally had support at the label from Doug Lienig but now that he was gone the backing dissapeared. Atlantic needs to sell millions of records but at this point it didn´t seem as though King´s X would ever crest that hill of mass acceptance. The band had grown tired of trying for the "hit album" and had released Ear Candy without trying to pressure themselves in that direction. Many rumors of the bands demise were fostered and even printed at this time. Take the first track of Ear Candy, The Train: "Last time aboard the train that goes around the world". A tour followed Ear Candy and the venues and crowds were noticeably smaller. The band was ready for a change. Atlantic produced a lesser amount of the Ear Candy CDs than previous records and the CD is already out of print.

To part ways with Atlantic the band put out a "Best Of" album which in retrospect should have been called "Best of the first half of our career". The Best of album featured reamastered tracks (done by Ty Tabor), three new songs, and a live track (from Woodstock, mentioned previously). The band did a few gigs during this time playing their "hits". After purveying many offers the band landed on Metal Blade records with whom they have had a working relationship with for some time (and also the label has supported other Houston rock groups notably Galactic Cowboys and Atomic Opera, both of whom share a long history with King´s X - they also moved to Houston from Missouri in search of the ´big break´).

In 1998 King´s X released their debut album with Metal Blade records titled Tapehead. The album was recorded and written in a matter of days and was completely produced (including artwork etc) by the band. An extensive world tour followed, marking the first time the band had toured europe in approximately 8 years. The touring neearly lasted 2 full years as the band really pushed to get out on the road to support Tapehead.

The second Metal Blade release Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous was released on 5.23.2000 and once again the band toured Europe and the United States extensively. As has become their signature the band generally hangs out after the shows being more than gracious in meeting their fans. Mr. Bulbous was a strange departure from the groove rock of Tapehead. Mr. Bulbous employs lush harmonies and odd song structures in many places.. along with some abstract, even silly lyrics. "She´s Gone Away" has become a signature live track.

2001 marks the first year one of the band´s solo projects has actually toured. "Poundhound" (Doug´s solo project) launched a US tour on 4.8.2001 in support of his "Pineapple Skunk" release. The tour saw moderate turn out. Doug handled lead guitars on the tour, there´s a switch!

King´s X released their third effort on Metal Blade on 9.25.2001 entitled "Manic Moonlight". Yet another departure from their previous efforts, the band used drum loops and atmospheric elements to craft this album. The song "Vegetable" has become a live monster often ranging into the 13-15 minute range. "Static" has also become a concert favorite from this record.

2002 was a busy year. Extensive touring for King´s X and Ty was involved in the release of 4 CDs this year ("The Jelly Jam" (Rod Mogenstein, John Myung, Ty Tabor), "Jughead" (Matt Bissonette, Gregg Bissonette, Derek Sherinian, Ty Tabor) "In The New Age" (Ty´s ambient/new age CD) and his 3rd solo effort "Safety"). A second Jelly Jam CD has alrady been recorded but no release date is known at this time.

King´s X embarked on a fall 2002 arena tour opening for Dream Theater and Joe Satriani. Following the Satch tour King´s X is toured with legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio. Keeping to this trend King´s X recently toured with Fishbone in support of "Black Like Sunday", King´s X´s latest release. The band has formed their own label, "Brop!" records. Brop! is a reference to something in Ty´s youth (an inside joke apparently). Once again this album is a departure from their other work. The band went back to their infancy to resurrect some of their earliest original works to re-record them as is, lyrics and all. The result is a more straight forward album compared to say, Mr. Bulbous, but perhaps you can hear their influences even clearer with this early material.
Quelle: http://www.kingsx.netDiscografie
2008 - XV

2005 - Ogre Tones

2004 - Live All Over The Place

2003 - Black Like Sunday

2001 - Manic Moonlight

2000 - Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous

1998 - Tapehead

1997 - Best Of

1996 - Ear Candy

1994 - Dogman

1992 - King´s X

1990 - Faith Hope Love

1989 - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska

1988 - Out Of The Silent Planet www


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Mittwoch 02.07.2008
Es gibt Bands und Musiker, die füllen die Klatschspalten jedes Rockmagazins, lassen keinen Skandal aus und machen eher durch Konzeptalben über chinesische Demokratie oder Kurzehen mit Busenwundern von sich reden. Dann gibt es aber auch das krasse Gegenteil, nämlich Bands, die einzig durch ihre Musik und ihre qualitative Konstanz auffallen.
Dienstag 27.09.2005
Seit vielen Jahren genießen die drei Ausnahmetalente Jerry Gaskill, Doug Pinnick und Ty Tabor einen ausgezeichneten Ruf in der gesamten Rockszene und begeistern gleichermaßen alte wie junge Fans mit ihrer anspruchsvollen, emotionalen Musik.


Live All Over The Place - Cover
Während KING’S X von Kritikern und einer treuen Fanschar geliebt bis vergöttert werden, steht ihnen die Allgemeinheit ungerechterweise ebenso reserviert gegenüber wie das Gros der Progfans.
Ogre Tones - Cover
Nach dem letzten regulären, sehr guten Studiowerk "Black Like Sunday" und dem hervorragenden Livemitschnitt "Live All Over The Place" meldet sich die "Groove Machine" aus den Staaten mit "Ogre Tones"
Please Come Home, Mr. Bulbous - Cover
Ich muß an dieser Stelle ausdrücklich betonen, daß ich persönlich mit der Musik von King´s X nicht viel anfangen kann, was allerdings nicht bedeuten soll, daß die Band musikalisch inkompetent sind.
XV - Cover
Man muss nicht lange um den heißen Brei herumreden: Doug Pinnick, Ty Tabor und Jerry Gaskill sind seit Anfang der 80er drei Garanten für außergewöhnlichen, nachdenklich stimmenden und stets anspruchsv