Josh McDowell (left) and Forrest French perform in 2009
|Origin||Coweta, Oklahoma, United States|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Years active||2007 - 2011|
|Past members||Josh McDowell
Crooked X was a hard rock band from Coweta, Oklahoma, U.S., consisting of members Kevin Currie (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Jesse Cooper (lead guitar/backing vocals), Boomer Simpson (drums, backing vocals), and Bradd Johnson (bass guitar). The band is now defunct and has not performed since 2011. They struggled mightily after founding members Forrest French (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) and Josh McDowell (bass guitar) left the band in 2010 to finish high school.
The original band was discovered on the CBS morning TV show The Early Show when they submitted a video for a segment entitled "Living Room Live" and came in second place. Their success on The Early Show drew the attention of managers Spencer Proffer and Doc McGhee (Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi), who signed the band. Crooked X have opened for classic rock acts such as Kiss, Ted Nugent, and Alice Cooper, as well as playing with Black Stone Cherry, Skid Row, and George Bush. On January 15, 2009, they performed a two-song set on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The band gained heavy attention by having their songs featured in the music video game series Rock Band - "Nightmare" was first featured in Rock Band, after which "Rock 'N' Roll Dream" and "Gone", respectively, were made available as downloadable content for the series. Spencer and Doc have produced a TV-special on the band ("Rock N' Roll Dream"), showing the band's progression from four young boys in a garage to ending up in Rock Band and opening for Kiss, in front of 35,000 fans in Stockholm, Sweden.
They toured in the spring of 2009, appearing on the Ernie Ball side stage tour.
However, after all the success, the band parted ways with two original members in June 2010 -- frontman Forrest French, who wrote the majority of the songs, and bassist Josh McDowell. The band auditioned new members and added Kevin Currie to sing and Bradd Johnson to play bass. The change did not go over well with fans of the original band and interest in Crooked X waned. The new incarnation of the band failed to record new music and quit performing in 2011.
In 2015 guitarist Jesse Cooper died.
- Crooked X (2009)
- Till We Bleed (2008)
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