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The Nashville weather wasn’t the only thing heating up on July 15th! The legendary progressive rock band King’s X took the stage at Nashville’s renowned Brooklyn Bowl, delivering an unforgettable concert that showcased their timeless brilliance. Drawing fans from all corners of the country, the trio demonstrated why they remain a force to be reckoned with in the ever-evolving world of rock music.
The evening began with the Nashville-based band Sound & Shape, who set the stage ablaze with their rich melodic tones. The crowd was already buzzing with anticipation, and Sound & Shape’s infectious rock sound only added to the excitement.
The lights dimmed, and King’s X members dUg Pinnick (bass/vocals), Ty Tabor (guitar/vocals), and Jerry Gaskill (drums/vocals) emerged to thunderous applause. Opening with “Groove Machine” the band immediately demonstrated why they are considered one of the pioneers of progressive rock.
From the very first note, it was evident that King’s X was in top form. Doug Pinnick’s soulful and commanding voice filled the venue, resonating with raw emotion. Ty Tabor’s guitar work was nothing short of masterful, combining intricate solos with crushing riffs that captivated the audience. And Jerry Gaskill, behind the drum kit, displayed his remarkable precision and groove that has been the backbone of the band’s sound for decades.
Throughout the night, the band delivered a balanced setlist that spanned their illustrious career. Songs like “God’s Children” and “Pray” showcased their unique blend of progressive, hard rock, and gospel influences. Meanwhile, tracks from their later albums like “Dogman” and “The World Around Me” demonstrated their evolution and continued relevance in the modern rock scene.
The chemistry between the band members was palpable, a testament to their decades-long partnership. Their camaraderie and musical telepathy were evident, as they effortlessly navigated complex time signatures and intricate arrangements. Each member had their moments to shine, but it was their seamless collaboration that truly made the performance exceptional.
The crowd’s energy reached its peak during the performance of “King,” a song that has become an anthem for the band and their dedicated fanbase. Chants of “We are finding who we are, we are Kings!” echoed throughout the venue, creating an electrifying atmosphere that united everyone in attendance.
Aside from the musical prowess, King’s X brought a sense of authenticity and vulnerability to the stage. Doug Pinnick shared stories between songs, reflecting on the band’s journey, their struggles, and the joy of connecting with their fans over the years. The heartfelt moments added an intimate touch to an already extraordinary evening.
Leaving the Brooklyn Bowl that night, fans were undoubtedly left with a sense of fulfillment and appreciation for witnessing such a legendary band in its prime. King’s X proved that, despite the passing of time, they continue to be a formidable force in the world of prog-rock, pushing the boundaries of music and delivering a performance that will be etched in the memories of those present for years to come.
In conclusion, the Kings X concert at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl on July 15th was a night of musical excellence and emotional connection. The band’s skillful musicianship, coupled with their genuine passion for their craft, made for an unforgettable experience. As the echoes of their final notes faded away, the crowd departed with a renewed appreciation for the enduring brilliance of King’s X, eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to witness their magic once more.
May 25 – Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
May 26 – South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX
May 27 – RISE Rooftop – Houston, TX
Jun. 8 – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM
Jun. 10 – The Armory Performing Arts Center – Brighton, CO
Jul. 13 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Jul. 15 – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – Nashville, TN
Jul. 16 – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 3 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
Aug. 4 – Count Basie Center for the Arts – Red Bank, NJ
Aug. 5 – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – Patchogue, NY
Sep. 8 – Robins Theatre – Warren, OH
Sep. 9 – The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
Sep. 10 – Blue Note Harrison – Harrison, OH