Drummer Jerry Gaskill's health improves, even as King's X tour is cancelled

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King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill’s health is “headed in the right direction,” the band says, but its upcoming tour is off.

Gaskill suffered a heart attack on February 26, even as King’s X was preparing for a new round of concert dates. He has been in an intensive care recovery ever since. King’s X was preparing to kick off a three-week tour on March 28 in Austin, Texas, as the prog rock band marks 20 years since the release of its celebrated self-titled debut for Atlantic Records. In a statement, the band said: “In light of Jerry’s sudden hospitalisation, all upcoming North American tour dates for King’s X have been cancelled.”

Later, posting on its Facebook page, the King’s X said: “Jerry is still on a ventilator while also dealing with pneumonia in both lungs but is recovering. Doctors say it’s a slow process but things are headed in the right direction. Good news!”

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on King’s X. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

KING’S X – XV (2008): X equals 10 and V equals 5. Fourteen albums bearing the King’s X moniker and one by Sneak Preview, the early version of the band that simply bore a different name. Made sense to me, in a weird way. Michael Wagener, who really tightened things up when he produced the band’s previous album, Ogre Tones, was back to crack the whip for XV. So there were deep, driving grooves, catchy melodies, and the always incredible guitar work of Ty Tabor. Why this band has continually suffered from near anonymity is beyond me. Same old story, isn’t it? You know what to do about that, don’t you?

KING’S X – LIVE ALL OVER THE PLACE (2004): Three-part harmonies, a verified guitar-god genius, and some of the lowest, thickest, sludgiest bass around — King’s X is like the Beatles of metal, but they go year-after-year depressingly ignored. They scored a few minor hits in the early 1990s and then pretty much sunk off the radar screen of mainstream music, but these guys have, for the most part, turned out consistently good albums all along. After all this time, they finally released a live album that shows what a great live band they are. It’s totally raw — straight from the soundboard — but the energy of the show carries the somewhat dry recording.

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