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12th March 2012

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Jerry Gaskill, King's X. Get well soon...

Below is a press release for a new King's X release called 'Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91' and while I'm always happy to see a new King's X release, this one comes about from some less than happy events. A couple of weeks ago King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a serious heart attack on his way home from playing with a local bar band. He was given CPR and sent to an area hospital for emergency surgery.

Since then he has been on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit and under sedation. The whole time he has had headphones on playing his favorite music from The Beatles and others. Music truly has the power to heal and as a result he is doing much better. Just the other day he recognized old friends and gave 'thumbs up' and smiles to everyone he saw. Jerry is a fighter and he's strong, this will not keep him down.

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What may keep him down are the mountains of medical bills that will soon be coming his way. Jerry is lucky that unlike most musicians he does have medical insurance, but it will not cover all of his expenses. This special King's X download was prepared by Molken Music founder and Jerry's good friend Wally Farkas (Galactic Cowboys). As it states below ALL money received from the sale of this download goes DIRECTLY to Jerry for his bills. There's no label, manager, charity or other middle man involved.

As for the music I can attest that this was a great show because I was there in Boston June of 1991. It was in fact my first King's X show. Over the course of the next 21 years I have seen King's X 30 times and I hope to see them 30 more once Jerry recovers. You will not meet a nicer band than King's X and you'd hard pressed to find a sweeter guy than Jerry. Luckily he is surrounded by devoted fans who love him and his amazing fiance Julie.

Jerry and King's X have always loved playing in the UK and have in fact released not one, but two live recordings from London. A DVD filmed in 1990 at The Astoria called 'Gretchen Goes To London' and more recently the 2CD/DVD 'Live In London' filmed in January 2009 at the Electric Ballroom. England received King's X before the US did and they appeared on the cover of Kerrang five times. So if you feel so moved, please contribute by purchasing this exclusive download and keep Jerry in your thoughts as he recovers... Faith, Hope, Love.

Jeff Kent

Click here for the download...

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"'Burning Down Boston: Live at The Channel 6.12.91' is a special MP3 download-only title. As many of you are aware, King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a serious heart attack in the early morning hours on Sunday 2.26.12. Many of you have overwhelmingly expressed a desire to help and contribute. We have compiled this exclusive live release from the archives -- and 100% of the proceeds from this release will go directly to Jerry to help offset mounting medical expenses. A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone for the outpouring of concern and love.

"This release was edited and mastered from a stereo front of house recording. While the audio is far from perfect sonically, the performance documents yet another magical night on tour while supporting the 'Faith Hope Love' album. While many of the song titles are familiar, the band expands many of the cuts featured here, including performances that are blistering ('Moanjam'), heavy and funk-laden ('We Are Finding Who We Are'), beautiful ('The Burning Down'), and truly transcendental ('Over My Head').

"A few songs from the show were omitted due to tape damage. However, we have included three bonus tracks (an additional 15 minutes) from the same show that were not presented in the main track listing."

All recordings previously unreleased. 14 songs. 89 minutes.

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Track Listing:

We Are Finding Who We Are (6:33)
Mission (4:17)
Far Far Away (4:44)
We Were Born to Be Loved (4:57)
It's Love Intro (3:36)
It's Love (5:28)
I'll Never Get Tired of You (3:51)
Visions (7:27)
Over My Head (12:47)
Moanjam (10:19)
The Burning Down (9:53)
Talk to You (Bonus Track) (4:44)
Fall on Me (Bonus Track) (4:13)
Power of Love (Bonus Track) (6:02)

In addition to the gift with this download, please let anyone who wants to further make a personal gift to Jerry to help him with his medical bills know that they can send a check made out to Jerry Gaskill. Mail it to:

Jerry Gaskill
c/o World Entertainment Inc.
P.O. Box 3095
Sea Bright, NJ

100% of your gift goes to Jerry Gaskill to help him defray his medical bills. Jerry Gaskill is an individual and not a charity. Any funds given to him would be a gift and no further tax deduction for charitable contributions would be coming from him. We appreciate your help.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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