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Kings X Live at Saint Rocke Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:02 PM
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I don't really know how many times I've seen King's X Live.  Probably a couple dozen shows or so, give or take over the last 20 years. We once followed them on tour, along with a friend who flew out from England for shows in L.A., Fresno, San Francisco and Denver back-to-back. Hanging out in the Lobby of Fresno Hotel the day after their show while the O.J. chase was on the TV is a memory I'll never lose.

They are certainly a unique band in many ways, now having been together for about 30 years and releasing 15 albums, they remain one of the biggest and best relatively unknown groups around, supported by a fan base that is as loyal as they are devoted.

I've seen them in big outdoor Arenas like the Meadowlands and I've seen them Theaters in Hollywood and in San Francisco, but they are usually best in smaller clubs like where you go get up close and their fans can directly share in the musical experience with them.  Saint rocke in Hermosa Beach was a new club to me, although it seems to have been around for some time, and they were in for a treat this night.

It's amazing that they're even still able to play anywhere at all since their drummer Jerry Gaskill died of heart failure, then was revived, then got married, then lost his house and all his possessions in Hurricane Sandy - after which their fans put together a Kickstarter project to help cover what the insurance didn't. But even after all that he's still here - and he, and they, still Rock. 
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For those people who don't know anything about King's X, I'm sorry - you've just missed it.  I can understand those that don't get it, their fan base runs across the cross section of grunge fans, Christian Rock, vocal choirs and Progressive Rock - but none of those fully describe what they do.  They're funky, they're heavy, the complex, their heartfelt, their earnest and also - as I said - they ROCK.

For myself discovering this band was nearly an accident.  We used to video tape - remember video tape? think of it is DVR with a long strip of plastic - Headbangers Ball every Friday Night and then watch the results the next day because it was just such a drag to stay up so late just to hear some Rock. One day we were replaying the tape and this song comes on and it was like -- What the Holy Hell is That!?

It had these angelic vocals on it, but it was grooving and crunchy and heavy all at the same time.  Like hot sauce and creamy butter all-in-one.  It was "It's Love" by Kings' X.



There was nothing like it on the radio, there STILL isn't.

Like all their shows over the last decade or so they opened with Groove Machine, which for some reason (Guitarist) Ty Tabor never does the backing vocals on, although they all do every other vocals that's on their record. After all these years there are quite a few staples they pretty much have to play like Dogman, and of course what was probably theirr biggest hit in the early 90's Over My Head.

This night at Saint Rocke, they actually played quite a few slow songs like Thinking And Wondering, Vegetable, Flies and Blue Skies, Plieades and Box as well as tracks from their newest CD XV (Fifteen) with songs such s Go Tell Somebody.



There is a moment, one that's been occurring for the last decade or so during their shows when the do the song Goldilox.  If you've been to theirs shows, you know what I'm talking about - but if you haven't it's a moment where the band lets the audience just take over, because every time they do that song - THEY DO.  It's kind a magical, and i was watching some of the club staff listening in awe as these fans sung the living CRAP out of the song, which is what King's X fans do.  King's X turns into the audiences backing band, and people will sing that track line for line, vocal riff for riff e every time, which is even more impressive because it's from their first record Out of the Silent Planet from 1989, and it was never released as a single.



A band that has fans that do this with a DEEP CUT that was never released as a single is no ordinary band.  Not even close.

Vyan

 

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