Kings X leader Dug Pinnick: “My ADD meant that practising was useless...”

 Singer dUg Pinnick of the band Kings X performs onstage during the Experience Hendrix concert at City National Grove of Anaheim on October 09, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
(Image credit: Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Thirty-seven years into his career with Kings X, who have just released their excellent thirteenth album, Three Sides Of One, bassist and singer Dug Pinnick is at the peak of his creative powers, even though he’s 72. When we call him up to discuss his phenomenal career, he looks and sounds 30 years younger than his actual age, perhaps because – as he tells us – he’s having a blast.

Dug, Three Sides Of One is killer. Did you record it in the conventional way, or remotely?

"Thanks. We went to the studio and made an actual record. Ty [Tabor, guitar] and Jerry [Gaskill, drums] came out to LA and we rented a house for them to stay in. It took us a month, and we had a great time."

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.