Kings X brought the Groove Machine to the Fine Line Music Cafe


King’s X brought its progressive rock, funk sound  to the Fine Line Music Cafe. The Springfield, MO band was VH1’s #83 of 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock. With a catalogue of 16 studio plus live and greatest hits albums the evening promised great things.

Meridian Incident started the show. a Minneapolis progressive rock band formed in 2012. They played a great six song set that included “Yellow Wings Reprise” and “Hallowed”. The band’s first full length album “Istology” will be released mid November. Ray Smart mesmerized the audience with his melodic vocals and lyrical passion. Marc Hedman guitar, Adam Schmid drums and Tom Trenka on bass all played like seasoned professionals. The fans loved the Meridian Incident.  Look for their new album Istology later this November 2016.

Ovrfwrd opened in direct support for King’s X. A Minneapolis instrumental rock band formed in 2012, Ovrfwrd released their second album Fantasy Absent Reason in 2015. Ovrfwrd consists of  Rikki Davenport on drums, Kyle Lund Bass, Mark Llaung guitar and Chris Malmgren keyboards. I was really impressed with the seven song set. I was unsure at the start of the set of how the music would sound with out vocals and it was killer. The crowd was completely engaged with the energy of Ovrfwrd.

King’s X were welcomed by fans chanting “Jerry Jerry Jerry”. When Doug Pinnick took the stage with a big grin they broke into song with “Groove Machine”. The crowd sang at the top of their lungs 70 percent of the lyrics back to Doug Pinnick, smiling and loving what he hears. King’s X played a twelve song setlist with three encore songs. Included were hits “Over My Head”, “Dogman” and at the end “Goldilox”.  The fans loved every deep bass line from Doug Pinnick. The crowd went wild when Jerry Gaskill addressed them. Ty Tabor brought the high energy and killer guitar riffs that amazed fans. King’s X has been playing since 1979 and the guys are still kicking ass.