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King's X Are Extremely Excellent at Sold-Out Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

The melodic metal power trio King's X have long been considered a quality band with a cult following and their fanatical fanbase turned out in force on Sunday, October 23, 2022 to catch their sold-out concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville that was being live-streamed around the world direct from Music City.

King's X in Nashville threw a concert that was more like a coronation.

King's X gave us their song "Dogman" in 1994 but it is their current dogma presented on their latest release Three Sides of One released on September 2 that is really reaping them high praise and winning them loads of new followers four plus decades on from their founding. While the individual members of the band - Doug Pinnick, Jerry Gaskill and Ty Tabor - may have underdone an evolution of faith and beliefs over the years the subject of religion still finds its way into the grooves of the explosive platter on tracks like "All God's Children" and "Flood Pt. 1".

Doug Pinnick of King's X in Nashville.

The new record could in fact be the band's most complete artistic statement over the course of their expansive career so call it their lucky thirteenth full-length album. They certainly spent a lot of time on it getting it right with work beginning on the project as far back as 2010. But, things finally coalesced during the lock down and themes from the strange times we all just endured make their way through lines like "I used to say that all we needed was love, Now I'm thinking that what we need is a flood" and "Oh, I have this question? What if the truth was a lie". It's safe to say the guys really believe in Three Sides of One because their ferocious 90 minute set in Nashville was heavily weighted with new material.

Ty Tabor of King's X in Nashville.

As for the group themselves? King's X was a revelation and it's still a wonder how the arenas eluded them throughout their history. If you're looking for a leader that would be the tall and slender wonder himself Doug Pinnick who really is a bass guitar god-like figure. If you doubt that statement take it up with Billy Sheehan and Robert Trujilo who were in the audience watching the master at work. Jerry Gaskill was a beast behind the drum kit showing no decline since his well-publicized health scares. Ty Tabor gets our respect for his fiery and crunchy guitar playing and turns behind the microphone - especially the feisty "Festival" that now has us all waiting for a band-branded rock and roll party to be announced.

Jerry Gaskill of King's X in Nashville.

Like any cult worth its Kool-Aid there has to be a feeling of belonging and there were moments of call and response from the stage to the audience and back again. But, it was the patented King's X closer number "Goldilox" sung solely by the packed Brooklyn Bowl crowd that really brought the communal feeling home in a moment that was totally transcendent and on the money. With one last chance to impart his wisdom to the King's X adherents dUg left the transformed with this thought - "Remember one thing people, don't take no bullshit from nobody. Goodnight!" Message received.

King's X played a sold-out concert at Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville.

In the opening slot was another terrific threesome called SOUND&SHAPE hailing from Nashville who are currently out on this leg of the tour with King's X. Frontman, songwriter and guitarist Ryan Caudle mentioned that it was personally a special night for him as his 9-year-old son was in attendance witnessing the band play live for the very first time. The rest of the crowd who also might have been newcomers watching them seemed to be very impressed and often roared their approval for the hometown hero's aggressive style of sonically pleasing, unfettered rock and roll.

SOUND&SHAPE played to a hometown crowd in Nashville.

Related Links: For more information on KING'S X and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - King's X | SOUND&SHAPE | Brooklyn Bowl Nashville


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