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Springfield MO, United States (1980 – present)

King’s X is an American hard rock / heavy metal band noted for its spiritual lyrics and sophisticated musical styles which include, but are not limited to, blues, progressive rock, grunge and psychedelic.

The group traces its beginnings to 1980, when Doug Pinnick and Jerry Gaskill, who had previously met while recording and touring with Phil Keaggy and touring with the band Petra, recruited Ty Tabor to join them. Calling themselves The Edge, the group extensively performed on the Springfield, Missouri bar and club circuit. The band specialized in Top 40 covers. By 1983, the name of the band had changed to Sneak Preview and they started to record original material. Sneak Preview released a self-titled LP with all original material in 1984.

The group relocated to Houston, Texas with the promise of a recording contract, but the deal fell through. However, it was there that the group met Sam Taylor, then vice president of ZZ Top’s production company. Taylor quickly became the group’s mentor and convinced them to change their name to King’s X. Taylor was instrumental in helping the group secure a contract with Megaforce Records in 1987. Taylor would soon become the group’s manager, producer and mentor, and was declared to be the fourth member of the group (according to some).

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