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King’s X covers “Manic Depression” at Woodstock ’94

Here’s King’s X’s Woodstock ’94 cover of “Manic Depression” I referred to yesterday. I sure wish I could have caught the entire event in its entirety (watch the entire video to get the joke).


It was terrifying. But you know, probably one of our greatest moments. It was a great show, but I was scared to death.
King’s X’s Doug Pinnick on playing Woodstock in 1994, Planet Mosh interview

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King’s X rips up Woodstock ’94 with “Moanjam”

This performance of “Moanjam” comes from King’s X’s appearance at the 1994 version of Woodstock as part of the Dogman tour. The trio was scheduled for a non-televised slot somewhere between Blues Traveler and Sheryl Crow on the music festival’s first day, so I can only assume this footage is part of MTV’s coverage of the event due to the time codes present in the video. Based on what I have seen and the few reports of their set that I have been able to track down, King’s X literally stole the show that evening. Ty Tabor showcased chops demonstrating he could stand toe-to-toe with any of the guitar gods of the day, and Jerry Gaskill pounded the drums like a man possessed. Doug Pinnick belted out songs with that soulful voice of his while holding down the bottom end with his unique playing style and tone (even breaking out his 12-string bass for the Gretchen and Faith Hope Love-era tunes). Considering the audience numbered somewhere near 350,000, the King’s X following should have exploded on the merits of this show alone.

In addition to this fiery rendition of “Moanjam,” the boys turned in a stellar version of their live staple “Over My Head” (which later appeared on the Best of King’s X collection) and an inspired cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” By all accounts, King’s X’s performance at Woodstock ’94 was that of a band firing on all cylinders, proving they were a live force to be reckoned with. In uncharacteristic fashion, Pinnick worked himself into a frenzy by the end of “Moanjam”, destroying his bass, kicking over speaker cabinets, and stalking around the stage like a caged animal. The normally meek and soft-spoken Tabor even got in on the antics, tossing his guitar across the stage in a frenzy of feedback. And the crowd loved it.

I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to be King’s X’s follow-up act on that night.


I’d have to say that the 1994 Woodstock completely destroyed anything that came after it. I think people became mindless, and whereas Woodstock of the 1960s changed the way people thought in a positive way, Woodstock of ‘94 totally took everything and just said ‘F*ck You. F*ck You, we’re gonna burn this place down.’
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante on why there are no new bands like Public Enemy, 2010 interview