Wed April 25, 2018
I cannot recall the first or the last time I saw King’s X, all I know is that each one was as memorable as the show at the world famous Whisky A Go Go, for all kinds of reasons. I have seen them at least once each of the last three decades, which means I have grown up with them in various stages of their career.
The first time, their set list was not nearly as epic as Wednesday evenings for obvious reasons, it was 30 years ago and their catalog was nowhere near as vast as it is now, they were openers. Another time it was part of a back-to-back Los Angeles to Sacramento back Los Angeles only to turn back around a few work hours later to Sacramento then back to Los Angeles… epic journey between future MAentGlobal partners in crime, all within 24 hours… The one that to this day stands out was sharing the stage with King’s X on Dug Pinnick’s side and a few dozen others at the now “only a memory” Hollywood House of Blues singing (and I mean this loosely) back up. Fast forward a couple of shows and decades later a chance meeting with someone familiar with Dug; I found myself standing stage left, shooting away on my camera only a few feet away, from the uber talented Ty Tabor.
Like many of us within this crazy industry, we have all ran into some of our favorite artists in various surroundings, this band and it’s individuals parts, are some of the only that I have been a fan boy, as I am told, of and “lost it” when we met. They are some of the most talented musicians in modern music. From their harmonies, switching between lead singers, their use of technology to create unique and timeless music, is second to none. It also is badge of honor to be a fan of their long career.
Dug stated that he and Jerry Gaskill have been musical brothers consistently for 38 years… Jerry and Ty were friends as well, at the same time. To put that into perspective… We’re talking about 1980 the year some of the unarguably most important hard rock/metal albums in history were released Blizzard of Ozz, British Steel, Heaven and Hell, Iron Maiden, Ace of Spades, and of course KISS’ Unmasked (ok, I added that last one).
Dug is somewhat of a Sunset Strip staple these days, often adding his talents to the weekly Ultimate Jam Night held at The Whisky A Go Go. However, Ty and Jerry are another story and to see these three together performing nineteen (plus a bonus) of King’s X classics, was a treat visually and of course was EAR CANDY to all.
Let’s do a song title roll call… Open “Set 1” with the almighty Groove Machine, World Around Me, Pillow, Flys in the Blue Skys, Vegetable, and Cigarettes. Bass blasting Pray opened “Set 2,” 1992’s Black Flag, and ending with Ty’s signature guitar tone heavy Lost in Germany. A Box opened “Set 3/4” a bit less angry as Pray previously did, Looking For Love, Summerland, Over My Head, Go Tell Somebody, and closing with Born to Be Loved. After a brief “exit stage right and up the stairs,” the band returned to the hungry for more Whisky crowd with Dug blasting out “Give me a dollar or give me fifty cents!” and one of the heaviest guitar/bass intros ever written from Dogman’s Dogman. This is where I THINK they added KING from the album King’s X, finally closing out the night with the amazingly beautiful clean guitar sounds and equally mesmerizing harmonies of Goldilox.
MAentGlobal is constantly, although really should not be, blown away from the quality shows that come through SoCal week after week. It is clear that I am still a bit of a fan boy, and PRAY that King’s X have more magic inside to release to the public. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘 for sure!” Next up… Kamelot or Ride for Ronnie, which ever hits me first!!!