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King's X - “Take Cover” (Influences & Connections, Vol. 1: Mr. Big)

Today I rediscovered this cover of the Mr. Big tune “Take Cover” in my iTunes library. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor of King’s X teamed up with Chuck Wright on bass (who unfortunately has neither the chops nor the instrumental acrobatics of the great Billy Sheehan), guitarist Lanny Cordola, and Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey to produce this tribute album version that honestly I much prefer to the original (which was no slouch itself). If you have a Spotify account, you can compare the two and judge for yourself.


King’s X is one of my favorites. They should have been as big as U2, but life is not fair, but they were that groundbreaking.
Billy Sheehan on being asked what groups from the late ’80s to early ’90s moved him most, The Sun News | Kicks! interview

The Notes Go Right Into Your Heart

Paul Gilbert runs through his rig for Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar runs through Billy Sheehan’s bass rig

It’s time for another rig rundown with Premier Guitar. This time, in lieu of having their techs go through their rigs, Mr. Big shred-meisters Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan discuss their guitars, amps and effects themselves, all the while displaying how genuinely nice and down-to-earth they both are. No rockstar egos here, boys and girls. The only question I have is … where’s Rebecca?!