Countless accolades have been bestowed upon King’s X over the years, and, since their formation in 1980, they have grown to become one of the most universally admired in hard rock and heavy metal. But their story is one of many ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and periods of good and bad luck.

King’s X: The Oral History examines and explores all aspects of their history, both personally and professionally, and allows the band’s three members—singer/ bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor, and drummer Jerry Gaskill—to tell their full story for the first time. It also opens the floor to friends and collaborators, plus some of the many top rock names who are also fans of the band, including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, The Police’s Andy Summers, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Pantera’s Rex Brown, Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Eddie Trunk, and many more.

In addition, King’s X: The Oral History explores the stories behind every single song the band have recorded over the years, while also detailing the creation of each of their twelve albums and offering insight into the influence of religion on their work. It also features memories of the band’s tours with some of rock’s biggest names—including AC/DC, Pearl Jam, and Mötley Crüe—and the events that led to their show-stopping performance at the mammoth Woodstock ’94 festival. Packed full of rare and never-before-seen photographs from throughout their career, and with a foreword by Scott Ian of Anthrax, this is the definitive companion to the band and their music.

Admired and respected by musicians and music fans alike, King’s X are one of the most acclaimed hard-rock bands in the business. Since 1988, the band—singer/bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor, and drummer Jerry Gaskill—have issued twelve studio albums, including such classics as Gretchen Goes To NebraskaFaith Hope Love, and Dogman, and achieved MTV/radio hits including Over My Head, It’s Love, and Black Flag. They remain one of rock’s finest live acts.

A special collectors edition of the book is now available, limited to only 250 copies.

Each special collector’s edition of comprises an individually numbered, hard-bound hardcover book with blind-embossed cover and spine. The book is housed in a specially made cloth-bound slipcase stamped with the King’s X logo and supplied in a custom-designed shipping carton with protective sleeve.The first fifty copies of the book will be signed by the members of King’s X. Orders will be shipped from the UK and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please click here for this special order.

To order a regular copy, click here.

Greg Prato is a journalist from Long Island, New York, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar. He is also the author of several popular books, including Shredders! The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More) and on one of his many radio appearances, which include interviews on The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show, Eddie Trunk Live, and The Ron & Fez Show.

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Greg Prato for BraveWords spoke with Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box. Portions of the interview appear below.

BraveWords: Let’s discuss the upcoming tour with Judas Priest.

Mick BoxBack in the ‘80s, we toured with Judas Priest through America. So, it’s going to be something we’ve done before, but something we’re very excited about doing again, because I think both bands are on fire – in terms of they’ve got a new album out, Firepower, that people are saying is one of the best of their career, and we’ve got an album out, Living The Dream, that people are saying is one of the best of our career. So, I think it’s two bands at the top of their game.

BraveWords:Who were some of Uriah Heep’s favorite touring partners in the ‘70s and ‘80s?

Mick Box: In our heyday, we had many people supporting us – from Rush to KISS to ZZ Top to Earth, Wind & Fire. Quite diverse. But I think the best band we’ve ever toured with I’d say were Def Leppard. When we had the Abominog album out in the ‘80s, we toured with them, and they were just hitting the big time [with Pyromania], and were the biggest thing since sliced bread in America and Canada. We hopped on their tour, and it was an amazing tour.

BraveWords: I’ve noticed a wide age range at recent shows I’ve attended by veteran rock and metal acts. Do you anticipate this at the upcoming shows with Priest?

Mick Box: We are hoping so, because it will be predominately Priest’s audience, and of course, the metal fans will be out there. So, we will design our set to please them, too – we’ve got one hour to play. But in Europe, we get a really young audience, which is really cool. But in America, I’m not sure yet – we hope to have that range of ages, from dads bringing their kids, if you’d like, and those who have grown up with us. It’s quite diverse.

BraveWords: Why do you think this is? Because of music streaming services being easier for younger fans to check out artists?

Mick Box: That and also because of the YouTube thing – where you see the band live. There’s more access to what we do in the media.

BraveWords: Are you still in contact with [drummer] Lee Kerslake? How is he doing?

Mick Box: Me and Lee, we’re like brothers – we’re brothers from different mothers, if you’d like. Obviously, his ill health [cancer and other ailments] is something to worry about, but he’s a bold fighter. And I think – if I’m very truthful – the music is keeping him alive, because he’s trying to finish off a new album of his own. But we go out to dinner whenever we can, we talk a lot. Sometimes, he’s having treatment in the hospital, and when I know he’s there, I text him jokes to keep his spirits up, and he says, “I’m in a room full of gloom, and I’m the only one laughing!” So, we keep in touch a lot. It’s very important, because I love the man, and we spent a large part of our lives together.

Read more at BraveWords.

Uriah Heep’s, Living The Dream, was released on September 14th, 2018 through Frontiers Music Srl. Watch a video for the song Grazed By Heaven, below.

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The Recording Academy will honor its 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients with Grammy Salute To Music Legends, an awards ceremony and live tribute concert on Saturday, May 11th at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the Technical Grammy Award recipient. Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year’s recipient of the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum. Led by Grammy-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director, the tribute concert will feature rare performances by honorees and never-seen renditions by those they’ve inspired. Currently scheduled to appear are Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Clinton; Grammy winner Bootsy Collins, who will salute Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic; five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway and Kenya Hathaway, who will pay tribute to their father Donny; past Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Johnny Mathis, who will honor Warwick; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sam Moore; two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, who will pay tribute to Eckstine; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Simpson; past Grammy nominee Snoop Dogg, who will salute Clinton and PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Warwick. Presenters for the evening will include Grammy winners Cheech & Chong. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. Tickets for the event will be on sale via a Ticketmaster pre-sale, beginning today at 10 a.m. PT. The password to access the pre-sale is LEGENDS.

The Recording Academy will produce Grammy Salute To Music Legends in partnership with Thirteen as part of the Great Performances series on PBS, set to air later this year. Previously held during Grammy Week, this is the fourth year The Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone TV event and musical tribute. In addition to the tribute concert, special celebrity guests will present recipients their award statues and guests will enjoy never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical Grammy Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. The Music Educator Award is selected by a Blue Ribbon Committee and is approved by the National Board of Trustees.

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Altitudes & Attitude, a collaboration between Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Megadeth’s David Ellefson—two virtuosic bass players who’ve anchored some of the fiercest thrash records of all time – are sharing their new video for Part of Me, filmed on their recent European tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.  A&A will tour the Midwest this spring, in support of their debut album, Get It Out (Megaforce). Watch the clip below.
Produced by Jay Ruston, Get It Out is a kind of rock ‘n’ roll primal-scream therapy.  It’s the result of nearly four years of writing and recording sessions—and decades of touring, searching, striving and living.  The album features drummer Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) with guests Ace Frehley and Nita Strauss, who handles lead guitar on Part of Me.
“I’ve learned that writing songs is very cathartic,” says Bello, who performs at open mics around New York City when Anthrax is off the road.   “A lot of these lyrics are about the inner struggles of my life, and about the rage that has built up from my life experiences—my brother’s murder; my father abandoning my family when we were young, leaving us with no funds to pay the bills. … The ups and downs of life in general. I’ve always had an anger inside, and music really helps me deal.”  
“Get It Out is very much an important musical statement from Frank and me,” adds Ellefson. “There’s a big musical part of each of us that doesn’t get heard anywhere else.” 
Altitudes & Attitude Midwest Tour Dates:

April 3  Chicago, IL  Reggie’s
April 3  Chicago, IL  Shuga Records, 6pm
April 4  Ft. Wayne, IN  Sweetwater
April 5  Dayton, OH  Oddbody’s Music Room
April 5  Dayton, OH  Omega Music, 6pm
April 6  Fremont, OH  Midwest Rhythm Summit
April 7  Flint, MI  Machine Shop
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Tesla will releasing their new album, Shock, on March 8th. It was produced and co-written by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. The band is streaming the first single, California Summer Song, which can be heard  below.

To listen to previously released songs, click on the highlighted song titles:

Taste Like

Shock track listing:

1.  You Won’t Take Me Alive 
2.  Taste Like 
3.  We Can Rule The World 
4.  Shock 
5.  Love Is A Fire 
6.  California Summer Song 
7.  Forever Loving You 
8.  The Mission 
9.  Tied To The Tracks 
10. Afterlife 
11. I Want Everything 
12. Comfort Zone

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As previously reported, Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime will be releasing, The New Reality, the third and final chapter in the musical trilogy, on December 1st.

The band has released a lyric video for the song, Under Control, listen to it below.

They previously released audio of the track, Wake Me Up.

Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen. Joined by a cast of musicians, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, & Mike Ferguson, whose talent and resumes speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that will be on display here, The New Reality is a another fine progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.

The New Reality track listing:

1. A Head Long Jump
2. Wake Me Up
3. It Was Always You
4. The Fear
5. Under Control
6. The New Reality
7. My Eyes
8. A Guitar In Church?
9. All For What?
10. The Wave
11. Tidal Change
12. The Same Old Story

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