Ok first all let’s cut to the chase here! Greg Prato has written the most definitive book that you could ever read on a band that is loved by millions but never quite hit the mainstream like they should have.
Why I have no idea. King’s X has always done things there own way and have the respect of there peers but the finicky record-buying public had other ideas.
Prato did his homework in this 326-page story from the humble beginnings in Springfield Missouri to the relocation in Houston to having a controlling manager (Sam Taylor) but in the end, King’s X is still out there plying their craft making music sweet music!
This book is fantastic as it goes from an album to album song by song and better yet this is authorized by the band themselves so you get Ty Tabor/Dug Pinnick and Jerry Gaskill‘s spin on the creation of there songs along with people that were involved in the history of King’s X. In other words, a no-nonsense bull shit read!
Course there are a zillion reasons why King’s X never cracked it big. But ask any musician like Scott Ian/John Corbai/Kip Winger/Devin Townsend/Mick Mars too many to name who all love what these guys are doing and have done to this day.
I don’t want to give away to many stories from this book but to go and show you the kind of luck that these guys had in the touring world is when King’s X got the opening slot on a Motley Crue Tour. Big time right?
Well, its about timing you see as King’s X supported Motley Crue when Corbai was singing and the ticket and album sales were not the greatest for Motley back in 1994. Now think if they would have gotten the slot on 1990’s Dr. Feelgood Tour where the arenas were sold out may have helped spread the word.
Speaking of the word it was interesting to read these guys spin on a Rolling Stone article that appeared back in 1991 that labeled them a Christian band which the boys say hurt them somewhat as they got pigeonholed into that category.
These guys have faced hardships lets face it as they could have thrown in the towel ( after Dogman and there Woodstock 94 performance) they almost did. I won’t tell you why as you need to get this book!
But still, they move forward. Even to this day. I will add that I’m not the biggest King’s X fan as I have some but not all of there albums. Trust me as you don’t have to be the biggest fan in the world to enjoy this read.
Kudos to Prato to bring to the forefront a band that should have been mega but to many are mega and I guess in the end that’s all that matters!