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International music critics and rock gourmets agree: King’s X is among the most unusual acts in the history of rock music. Their technical skills are above reproach, and their creativity has impressed fans and media alike. Next to Rush, there is currently no other rock trio capable of producing such a dense and at the same time transparent sound.
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:
"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Guitar: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON/ROB ZOMBIE)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)
Drums: Vinnie Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL/ BLACK SABBATH)
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...
Billboard.com reports that after a 12-year absence, King's X returned to The Billboard 200 last week with "XV" (InsideOut/SPV), debuting at No. 145.
Guitarist Ty Tabor commented: "I like a larger percentage of this record than I have in a very long time. There are a few that I think are undeniably some of the best stuff Doug [Pinnick] has come up with," he says.
This summer, King's X is teaming with the recently reunited Extreme for a series of dates on the Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp Tour, beginning July 29 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Taking its name from an ongoing annual camp in which fans get to play with renowned rockers, the tour will feature an opening performance by campers joined by Gilby Clarke, Elliot Easton and Glenn Hughes, among others.
"They're filming it for a reality show," Tabor says, adding that he's particularly excited to see Hughes perform each night. "But I'm looking forward to it, because I don't know what to expect."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
King's X new album, "XV", is available for sampling at the follwoing location: http://www.spv.de/kingsx/widget/. If the code is embeded you can add the sampler to your myspace, website, blog, etc. Also, King's X will be touring this summer with Extreme and the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.
Campers who take part in the event will have the opportunity to play on the same stage as the two bands. Prior to Kings X's performance each night, participants will perform along side of camp counselors Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Chris Slade (AC/DC), composer/producer Mark Hudson, and special guests. Dates are as follows:
July 29 Poughkeepsie @ The Chance
July 31 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 1 Long Island NY @ Brookhaven
Aug 2 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head
Aug 4 New York City, NY @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Aug 5 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon Club
Aug 6 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Aug 9 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 13 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Aug 18 New Orleans LO @ HOB
Aug 19 Houston TX @ Meridian
Aug 20 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Aug 23 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug 25 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Aug 26 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Legendary hard rockers KING'S X will release their new album, "XV", through InsideOut Music on the following dates:
U.S.: May 20
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: May 16
Rest of Europe: May 19
Check out the cover artwork at this location.
"XV" was recorded and mixed at Wireworld Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Michael Wagener (SKID ROW, ALICE COOPER). This is the second KING'S X album in a row with Wagener manning the boards. Pleased with the results of 2005's "Ogre Tones", the band headed into the studio more prepared and creative than ever before. More...
The Japanese release date for KING'S X' new album, Go Tell Somebody, has been announced - March 26th via Avalon. Inside Out Music will release the album shortly after in Europe and North America. Go Tell Somebody was produced by the legendary Michael Wagener's (METALLICA, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT) at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: EVERGREY mainman Tom S. Englund. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA) and Liselotte Hegt (DIAL). A total of fifteen singers have been confirmed to guest on the album, with more to be added.
AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).
Underground Video Television has announces the availability of a new live video of New York City’s BULLY performing live at the Country Club in Syracuse NY. The live clip is for the band’s track “Wake,” which opened their set at the gig which also included performances by SEEMLESS and BRAND NEW SIN.
Bully is a rock band from NYC with melodic harmonies reminiscent of KINGS X and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. The band is made up of brothers Matt & John Farley, singer/guitarist Dan Karkos, younger brother of DOPE guitarist Virus, and lead guitarist Bstone. Dan and brother Virus also have a side project called “Black’n’Blues” , a dark-toned, downtempo all acoustic affair, with a video release entitled “The Sale,” which featured Jerry Gaskill of KINGSX and Hector Graziani of 40 BELOW SUMMER. That video can be seen as well at the UVTV website.
Bully’s release “Song That Make You” is available on indie label Underdog Records & was produced by Brad Morrison (The Figgs, Phish).
Two decades into their impressive rock 'n' roll career, SKID ROW are proud to announce their first ever CD release party for the album "Revolutions Per Minute" due out October 24th on SPV / Steamhammer. Presented by Budweiser True Music & Eddie Trunk, the HARD ROCK HALLOWEEN BASH featuring SKID ROW will be held at the all new Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square NYC. Doors open at 7PM, music starts at 8. There will be special surprise guests, a costume contest with killer prizes and much more. This is event is FREE to all listeners of Friday Night Rocks with Eddie Trunk. Just listen to Eddie Trunk Friday night's 11pm – 2am eastern on Q104.3 to reserve your spot on the guest list. You can hear this show anywhere in the world by going to www.q1043.com and clicking on "Listen Live".
Only two other bands have had the honor of breaking in the new HARD ROCK CAFÉ with a live performance; VELVET REVOLVER and MOTLEY CRUE. SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan comments, "It's going to be a historic night of Rock and Roll!"
The CD release party is also the launching pad for the "Revolutions Per Minute" tour, with special guests KINGS X, presented by VH1 Classic and Gibson guitars. The tour, which will also have NASHVILLE PUSSY on select dates, officially kicks off on Halloween night. Confirmed tour dates follow: More...
On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."
"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...
KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick has posted the following message on the band's official MySpace profile:
"I am home from the last KING'S X tour. It was awesome to play for and meet many of you people at the shows.
"In this time that I have off from touring, I plan on writing a few tunes for KING'S X and solo stuff. The project I did with Jeff [Ament, bass] and Mike [McCready, guitar] from PEARL JAM will be finished soon! They (PEARL JAM) are on a world tour now but since I am home I am planning to do what I have to to finish my vocals, which has been the hold-up.
"I am heading back to L.A. to get in on the mixing of ZERO 1, Hal Sparks' band that I have been producing with Hal. And Will Calhoun from LIVING COLOUR and I have been talking about doing a record together also.
"I just got a memo that KING'S X will be playing the 'Rock Palast' [TV show] in Germany October 20th! This means that there will be more shows booked around that time for you guys living in Europe! And we plan on recording a new KING'S X CD with Michael Wagener in the near future also."
KING'S X's latest album, "Ogre Tones", was released in September 2005 via InsideOut Music. The band's first release for the label was produced by Michael Wagener (METALLICA, ALICE COOPER, SKID ROW).
In related KING'S X news, guitarist Ty Tabor is tentatively scheduled to release his new solo album, "Rock Garden", on September 12. You can check out two songs from the upcoming CD, "Wading In" and "Play," on their MySpace page.
In other news, Tabor has announced that he is collaborating with Wally Farkas of GALACTIC COWBOYS on a new side project, dubbed XENUPHOBE. Described as "a hypnotic soundscape that takes the listener on an hour-long journey to the innermost depths of one's mind," the group's debut album, "1.0" "goes to places only hinted on previous works such as 'In the New Age' (Tabor's highly collectable 1996 ambient release) and tracks such as 'At the End of the Day' and 'Song for Sybo' (Farkas' compositions from final two GALACTIC COWBOYS releases)," according to a press release.
KING'S X's October 20, 2006 concert at the Harmonie in Bonn, Germany will be filmed for the WDR TV program "Rockpalast" as part of their "Crossroads" series. A European tour is in the works as well.
KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick has issued the following statement in response to rumors that the band were on the verge of breaking up:
"I wish I could set down and answer all the questions, and speculations. I will try to make light of some of the things said and suggested. You guys are wonderful so please dont take anything I say as negative or bitching... There's no anger here... just love.
"Here goes... We never fit in; no matter what we do, we can't get the masses on board, and we've done everything there is. I know you all have suggestions of what we could do do get more successful, but we have done everything there is to do! Or at least inquired about it all... We just can't get the folks on board. Woodstock '94 we played for 300 thousand people, and the next week on SoundScan we sold about 200 CDs. Then the week later nothing to comment on.... The rest of the bands on the bill — JACKYL, SHERYL CROW, LIVE, CANDLEBOX, etc. — sold millions!!! We got the best slot of the day, and USA Today, Howard Stern, MTV said we were the best band that day! We sold nothing... and it changed my life. I cut my hair and almost gave up! Plus I was going through midlife crisis. I started getting panic attacks and got blinded by my self-hate. 'Ear Candy' was the result. More...
King's X hit the stage of the Winston-Salem night club Ziggy's on Thursday the 18Th, to a very anxious and receptive crowd. the set was electrifying and the band was amazing as usual, pulling off complex three part harmonies at will, while never missing a beat, and at the same time finding time to fit unscheduled jam sessions which included not just them but also the opening act Mardo.
The Devin Townsend Band will be playing a one-off show with King's X on April 24th at the Red Room in Vancouver, BC. The bands will play two full sets, no opening bands. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Devin Townsend is back in studio with Strapping Young Lad and the new songs were mostly written before the Opeth/DTB tour. Devin provided demos to the band to rehearse before he left and now the band is working together on the follow-up to 2005's "Alien." Strapping Young Lad has also secured a second-stage slot at this year's Ozzfest, which is scheduled to kick off July 1 in San Francisco, California.
THE LIZARDS, the hard rock band featuring Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE OYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (RIOT), will be supporting KING'S X on the following dates:
Oct. 28 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Oct. 29 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 30 - Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Nov. 01 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
Nov. 03 - Avalon Club, NYC, NY
Nov. 04 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
THE LIZARDS recently completed a "super session" with a rock and roll legend for the band's upcoming CD. Although it's "hush hush" in THE LIZARDS camp as far as who this rock guest star is (which will be disclosed at a future date), he was quoted as saying, "They were the best sessions I've ever done outside my own music!"
In addition to a new studio album, THE LIZARDS are putting the finishing touches on an album of cover tunes as well as a new DVD of live performances culled from their recent tour of Europe. All three releases are expected to surface in early 2006.
In November 2005, Bobby Rondinelli will be doing a drum clinic tour in Europe sponsored by Ludwig and Paiste.
Plans exist for THE LIZARDS to embark on a major world tour to coincide with the release of their new studio album in 2006.
King's X are to call their new album 'Ogre Tones', and not 'Landscape' as originally expected. The record will be released by InsideOut Music in late September.
KINGS X will release their new album "Ogre Tones" worldwide throught Inside Out Music on September 27. There will be two singles released from the new CD, 'If' and 'Alone'. The band is currently filming with hip hop video producer, Dr. Teeth, who directed the MTV top 5 video for 'Who is Mike Jones?'.
King's X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick and Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach are working together on a side project, which also includes Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and Whitesnake keyboard player Timothy Drury. The band doesn't yet have a name, though, despite reports that it would be called Devil's Children. However, an album is likely later in the year.
KING'S X will be making an in store appearance on November 11 at Guitar Center in Roseville MI at 6:30 p.m. Here's the address:
30530 Gratiot Ave.
Roseville, MI 48066