Recovering King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill strong enough to pass on thanks to fans for their support

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King’s X bass player and vocalist Doug Pinnick says he was walking out of the grocery store when his cell phone rang — and “the ID said: ‘Jerry Gaskill!'”

Gaskill, the band’s drummer, had been in intensive care since suffering a heart attack late last month. A planned spring tour was called off as Gaskill continues a recovery process that has ramped up in recent days.

“He was calling from the hospital to say ‘hi,’ and that he’s going to be alright,” Pinnick wrote in a Facebook posting. “He sounded great! Totally understanding everything he’s been through and mentioned how thankful he was for all the support so far. He made me laugh like he always does.”

As medical expenses relating to Gaskill’s heart attack and care continue to grow, King’s X has offered a special benefit downloadable 1991 concert called Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91, with proceeds going to offset his bills. Donations are also being accepted: Make checks to Jerry Gaskill, and send them c/o World Entertainment Inc., P.O. Box 3095, Sea Bright, NJ, 07760.

In the meantime, Pinnick and the band’s many fans can celebrate Gaskill’s continued improvement: “It’s a great day!,” Pinnick said. “That black flag has lifted and every day he will get better.”

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

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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The complete track listing for King’s X’s ‘Burning Down Boston: Live At The Channel (6.12.1991)’:

We are Finding Who We Are
Mission
Far, Far Away
We Were Born To Be Loved
It’s Love Intro
It’s Love
I’ll Never Get Tired Of You
Visions
Over My Head
Moanjam
The Burning Down
Talk To You (bonus track)
Fall On Me (bonus track)
Power Of Love (bonus track)

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