Pearl Jam Members Rock With King’s X Leader

King’s X leader Doug Pinnick has completed work on a long-in-the-works album with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament. The duo does not have a name but the 15-track album is tentatively titled “Montana,” according to King’s X’s official Web site. Richard Stuverud, Ament’s collaborator in his side band Three Fish, also participated in the sessions. No release date has been announced.

Pinnick describes the sound as “sort of a southern rock/classic sound, a bit of the Rolling Stones vibe, a little jam band vibe some groovy/funky tunes and a few beautiful ballads.” Pinnick and Stuverud handle all the singing, while Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready recently dropped by to add guitar to seven tracks.

The “Montana” album is just one of many projects on Pinnick’s plate. He is working with Winger guitarist Reb Beach on a CD of “’80s type music” that sounds like “Bon Jovi, Dokken [and] Whitesnake sort of but with my twist for vocals,” Pinnick says. The set is tentatively titled “Devil’s Children.”

King’s X has a double-disc live album in the can, sporting “no overdubs so at times [it] is really rough but has lots of vibe,” according to Pinnick. The group has also begun talks with its former label, Atlantic, to reissue its first four albums in a boxed set with a bonus disc of rehearsals. “This project is in just the talking phase right now,” Pinnick says.

Finally, King’s X is working on a new studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2003’s “Black Like Sunday.” Says Pinnick, “We are doing it like we used to in the early days; some old demos and lots of new stuff. Hopefully this is what you diehards are waiting for.”

The group will hit the road this fall, beginning Sept. 21 in Fort Worth, Texas, and running through a Nov. 17 finale in Baltimore.


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