For 10 years there had been rumors of BRAND X reuniting, then in late 2016, it happened. Founding members Percy Jones (Bass) and John Goodsall (Guitar) with Drummer Kenwood Dennard pulled it off – and there was much rejoicing. Completing the band were American Keyboard whiz Chris Clark & Percussionist Scott Weinberger. Fast Forward to 2019: With rave reviews in The Huffington Post, Progression Mag, New York Times, Innerviews, PROG, and jaw-dropping performances headlining Ros-Fest, ProgtoberFest, ProgStock and three superb “Cruise To The Edge” performances have led many to claim this: “Best live BRAND X ever!” Perhaps you say, we bought their favor with all those free drinks – but who’s counting? Don’t worry, the tour’ll pay for it! A bunch of great chaps have come out to catch BRAND X live, including various members of KING CRIMSON, YES, DREAM THEATER, STEVE HACKETT, ADRIAN BELEW, FOCUS, DIXIE DREGS, ROBIN TROWER, CRIMSON PROJECT, RENASISANCE, METALLICA, etc…
U.K. TOUR 2020: Since reuniting, BRAND X have been mostly focused on shows in the U.S. with a few international shows. Now in April 2020, they launch a multi-city tour in England – first time back in decades – and it’s going to be wicked good. John Goodsall remains a land-lover firmly ensconced in MC-ing a variety of Midget Tossing tournaments and Grammar Rodeos in the US, so for shows exclusively outside the states Brand X enlist Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek. He’s the guy that John Wetton & Eddie Jobson hand-picked to replace Allan Holdsworth in UK. Not too shabby. And don’t worry, El Senor Goodsall is alive and well and still plays on all the U.S. shows, he just chooses to stay stateside. So now with members from England, Wales, U.S. and even Austria, Brand X really have become a mixed bag of nuts.
The Buzz: Some people said some very nice things – and yeah we bought them drinks too.
# 2 Boston Massachusetts Radio, New-Ears-FM
# 6 Percy Jones Voted #6 in “Top 10 Bass Players of All Time” – Progressive Music
#11 Album Progressive Charts in Prog Magazine
#13 International Sales in Burning Shed
#20 Album in “All About Jazz”
Our favorite is from a fan in New Jersey right after a show: “I’ve been playing drums for 30 years now, but after seeing this guy in Brand X, I’m going home to burn my kit – right now!”
BRAND X U.K. TOUR 2020:
Percy Jones: Fretless Bass
Chris Clark: Keyboards
Kenny Grohowski: Drums
Alex Machacek: Guitars
Scott Weinberger: Percussion