Dave King (Irish singer)
Dave King and his wife, Bridget Regan, performing live with Flogging Molly in 2010
|Born||11 December 1961|
|Genres||Punk, Celtic punk, Oi!, Hard rock, Heavy metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bodhrán, banjo, spoons|
Dave King (born 11 December 1961) is an Irish vocalist, primary writer and lyricist for the Irish-American band Flogging Molly. He was previously well known as the lead singer for the 1980s hard rock band Fastway.
Roots and early life
King grew up in a small two-room flat in a Beggars Bush, Dublin tenement that had once been a British military barracks. When he was around the age of six or seven his parents bought him a guitar. King remembers being called inside by his mother to watch David Bowie perform "Starman" on television, which he cites as one of many influences along with Luke Kelly, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, and Freddie Mercury to name a few. King's father died when he was only 10 years old. He left Dublin in his twenties, briefly residing in London and then on to Los Angeles where he first joined Fastway and later formed Flogging Molly with Ted Hutt, Jeff Peters, and Bridget Regan.
After emigrating to the United States, he was without a "green card" for eight years. King was not able to visit his home or family in Ireland during this time for fear that immigration laws would prevent his return to the United States. This separation from his homeland and his mother is thought to be a contributing factor in many of Flogging Molly's early song lyrics, with many of the songs alluding to King's time in "exile."
Dave King started out as the vocalist for Fastway, a 1980s hard rock band, featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of the metal band Motörhead, Pete Way (bassist of UFO), and Jerry Shirley (drummer of Humble Pie), although Way left before recording even began for the first album, and he did not appear on the album cover. They recorded their first four records with King on vocals, as well as a live record.
When Fastway was ostensibly disbanded (Eddie carried on the name with all new members), King formed Katmandu with Mandy Meyer (former member of the band Krokus), who released one self-titled album. The band had a couple of minor hits but later disbanded.
King retained a record deal with Epic records, who wanted him to sing for The Jeff Beck Group, but he declined. He started working with forming the band Flogging Molly, with new material that had a distinct Irish sound, but still retaining the hard driving, loud and fast musical style. He asked to be let out of his Epic contract because "they wouldn't know what to do with the new music anyways..." Since then, Flogging Molly has reached position No. 4 on the Billboard charts top 200 and a No. 1 on the Billboard Indie Chart.
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