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King's X still 'doing this music thing'

Jerry Gaskill, left, Dug Pinnick and Ty Tabor are King's X.
Jerry Gaskill, left, Dug Pinnick and Ty Tabor are King's X.
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King's X guitarist Ty Tabor said he has a ton of stories about career highlights, but the one that sticks out most is his gig with the Atlanta-based indie band the Producers.

"We were in Atlanta on tour," Tabor said by phone from Detroit, "and the Producers were playing at a club that we always played at. We all decided to go see the show and they recognized us. They asked us to come onstage and play with them.

"It was great. I mean this was a band that we had looked up to forever, and we were onstage with them."

That's one of the perks of being in the psychedelic/progressive trio, said Tabor. "It was something that I would never forget."

King's X — Tabor, vocalist/bassist Dug (formerly Doug) Pinnick and drummer Jerry Gaskill — has been cranking its way into music fans' hearts since 1988. In three years, the band will celebrate its 20th year as a professional band. "It's funny because the only real thing we wanted to do for ourselves was make music we liked. I mean, I remember hearing the Beatles and loving them. They were my first heavy influence. And I wanted to make music like them."

In 1988, King's X released its debut album "Out of the Silent Planet." But it wasn't until the follow-up album, "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska," in 1989 that the band had its breakthrough.

That year, the song "Over My Head" was picked up for play on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball." And the buzz began.

The next album, "Faith Hope Love," caught the attention of metal fans and the band landed a slot opening for AC/DC. "We've been doing this music thing for some time. We've had ups and downs. The downs have been keeping it all together so we can make the music we want. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to do this and make a living."

King's X recently released its newest album, "Ogre Tones," which marked a return to the psychedelic progressive sound that caught the attention of music fans in the first place. "We had a lot of songs to choose from to make this album," said Tabor. "It was a chore oing through the ones that sounded good together."

The band worked with veteran producer Michael Wagener and pulled out a classic King's X album. "Michael helped us find the songs that represented us now. And we're proud of it."

If you go . . .

What: King's X, Mardo

Where: Egos, 668 S. State

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

How much: $15

Phone: 467-8499 or 800-888-8499