Though the band’s experimental nature left them impervious to shifting sonic tides, major, watershed success still eluded them. For Gaskill, King’s X, and his solo works, Come Somewhere (2004), and Love and Scars (2015) have served to continually put the world on notice, that while King’s X and its fearsome trio may still be underexposed, success and influence cannot always be measured in albums sold.
“I realize there are so many talented musicians who have the passion and the ability, yet they will never have a successful career that is satisfying to them. That breaks my heart. What I teach with my coaching is everything that I used to transform my career, and ultimately, my life. It’s been an amazing journey helping people to actually live their dreams. I love it.”
“In all lanes, I’m trying to live in a higher state of consciousness through courage, acceptance, willingness, reason, and love.”
I recently dug in with New Wave of British Heavy Metal hero, and drummer, Malcolm Cope of Quartz. Among other things, we touch on the origins, trials, and tribulations of one of rock and metal music’s most underexposed bands, Quartz, new music, and more.
“The band is sounding better than ever, so we can, and will do whatever we want. The best is yet to come.”
“If being in the shadows means being a cult band, I’d have to agree, but the name Budgie was well known and growing throughout the 70s. We never had problems selling tickets for our live shows, though commercial success always seemed just out of our grasp.”
Numerous drummers brought about rolling thunder in the 1980s, but few had the impact of Philly veteran, Johnny Dee.
What do you do when your father is the drummer of a band which pioneered an entire genre for decades to come, and who spawned countless artists to follow? You carry on that legacy is what you do.
While the original four members of Spread Eagle may have each forged their own paths and may find themselves in different parts of the world, the fact remains that the music they made will bond them forever and that those songs will stand the test of time. No one will ever be able to take that away from Paul, Ray, Rob, and Tommi.