KING’S X FRONTMAN DOUG PINNICK DISCUSSES THE BAND’S SELECT LIVE SHOWS AND POSSIBLE NEW ALBUM
Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with King’s X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick about a select number of shows the band will be playing this month and other topics. Highlights from the interview appear below.
BraveWords: How did these King’s X dates come up?
Doug Pinnick: Our booking agent just calls us every now and then, and says, ‘Hey, we’ve got some offers. Do you want to play?’ And we get back to him and say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ – it’s pretty simple. [Laughs]
BraveWords: Will more dates be added?
Doug Pinnick: I hear some more are being added – I got an email this morning from our manager, asking for approval of a couple more weekends. So I guess we’re setting up and going to do some shows now. We’ve got the Texas run, and then we’ve got the east coast run, and think we’ve got something else coming too now.
BraveWords: Which songs would you like to see included in the setlist?
Doug Pinnick: For me, the songs have to be tailored around my voice, because the older I get, the lower my voice gets, and I can’t sing a lot of the old songs. Basically, if we can sing them, then we’ll do them. But if I can’t sing them, then we have to pass them. It’s just getting to that point now, because I’m 64, and my voice is just not working like it used to – I can’t sing Over My Head like I was 20, y’know?
BraveWords: How is Jerry doing, health-wise?
Doug Pinnick: Jerry’s doing great. It’s so funny that everybody is worried about him, but he’s been healed up for a long, long time now. He’s doing fine.
BraveWords: Is there any talk of a new King’s X studio album?
Doug Pinnick: We actually committed to a new record. We don’t know when we’re going to do it yet, but everyone says, ‘OK. Let’s go forward.’ So that’s all I can tell you at the moment. I don’t know when, but we’re planning on doing a record – finally I’ve got everybody to say, ‘Let’s do it’.
BraveWords: Looking back at all the King’s X albums, which one would you say was the most overlooked?
Doug Pinnick: Overlooked? All of them – are you kidding? [Laughs] Y’know, I don’t know, because I don’t really know what people like and what they didn’t. And I don’t look at record sales, because we never sell a lot of records anyway. So I have no clue what would be overlooked. When I talk to fans, everybody has their favorite, and it’s one of all ten of them. I don’t know, everybody has their favorites – I wouldn’t know myself, personally.
BraveWords: What about as far as upcoming solo projects?
Doug Pinnick: I’ve got a Jimi Hendrix tribute record I’m doing right now with a couple of people, which is a lot of fun, and I plan on doing my solo record within the year, and plan on a new KXM record – we’ve been talking about trying to do something in September with that, Ray [Luzier] and George [Lynch]. And my Grinder Blues band will hopefully do some shows and do another album, also.
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