KINGS X and TROPE kick off their UK shows on 17th September.
The tour starts the build up to the release of the long awaited new album from KINGS X which is due early spring next year.
Supporting the band are LA’s TROPE. Trope’s music has been likened to A Perfect Circle and Tool with female vocals, their sound falling into the Art Rock genre. Their ‘music first’ focus pairs with the group’s sound, which is quite progressive.
I have a few interview slots available next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with KINGS X, and TROPE are also available to interview before the tour so please let me know if you’d like to talk to either band.
Interviews on tour will be very limited, Guest list will also be limited for all shows (especially London) but please let me know if you’d like to come along to review the shows.
17 Sept Wales Cardiff Tramshed Cardiff
18 Sept UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 Sept UK Holmfirth The Picturedrome, Holmfirth
21 Sept UK Gateshead Sage Gateshead – Hall 2
22 Sept Scotland Glasgow The Garage
24 Sept UK Manchester Manchester Academy 2
25 Sept UK Wolverhampton KK’S Steel Mill – Live Music
27 Sept UK Cambridge Cambridge Junction
28 Sept UK Norwich The Waterfront Norwich
29 Sept UK London Islington Assembly Hall
Since the release of their debut record, Out Of The Silent Planet, in 1988, KING’S X released over a dozen albums that have seen them rightfully earn their place on the rock royalty family tree. Fusing progressive metal, funk and soul grooves with vocal arrangements rooted in blues, gospel and even the British Invasion era influences, KING’S X created a style all their own which continues to be an inspiration for bands to this day.
Featuring vocalist and bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill, KING’S X have never changed their line-up, a rarity in the music world and a testament to the band and musicians and friends. Critically acclaimed from the start, KING’S X are musician’s musicians, name-dropped by everyone from Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies to Iron Maiden and Blue Murder for their instrumental prowess. Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament even declared that “KING’S X invented grunge”. They also enjoyed a long life via the David Letterman Show with their track, “We Were Born To Be Loved” (from 1990’s Faith Hope Love), also a favorite of the Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra to play during commercial breaks.
In 1992, KING’S X signed to Atlantic Records/Megaforce Records, released three albums and toured with bands as diverse as Scorpions, Type O Negative and Pearl Jam.
In the early 2000’s, KING’S X released three studio albums and their first official live album via Metal Blade Records. In 2005, the band signed to German-based progressive music specialty label, InsideOut Music, and released Ogre Tones, an album described as a return to the bands classic sound. KING’S X forged ahead with new albums, DVD’s and tours up until 2012, when drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. The band then quickly compiled an exclusive live release from their archives entitled, Burning Down Boston. The proceeds of which went directly to assisting Gaskill with his medical expenses.
They rolled on for two more years until Jerry suffered another heart attack, which resulted in him having a double bypass operation and ultimately led to the band taking an indefinite hiatus. This break didn’t last long, as they were back on the road in mid-2015, shortly afterward announcing they would begin work on a new studio album. This would be the band’s first since 2008’s XV. KING’S X began meetings with Golden Robot Records management in Los Angeles in early 2017, eventually signing a global deal in October 2018.
While it’s been a decade since KING’S X have released a new record, the wait has definitely been worth it! Watch this space for news on the forthcoming album in the very near future.