Kings X Drummer Jerry Gaskill Loses Home In Hurricane Sandy
Rocks Off readers of a certain age will fondly remember Jerry Gaskill as the drummer from pioneering proto-grunge/metal band King's X. Perhaps many of you, like us, even had tickets to trio's show earlier this year at Warehouse Live that was cancelled after Gaskill had a heart attack. More bad news came after Hurricane Sandy passed through the East Coast last week.
Photo courtesy of Ed Frost Jerry Gaskill outside his home in New Jersey
Gaskill's childhood friend, producer Ed Frost, lives 15 minutes away from Gaskill and the drummer's new wife, Julie, in Highlands, New Jersey. Frost's neighbors still don't have electricity, but many others no longer have homes. The newlyweds are staying with family for now.
"The takeaway is they're not Metallica," says Frost of King's X. "They're working musicians. They have to work or they don't eat."
Frost wanted to do something to help, so he did. He donated some money and started up a Web site, www.GiveForward.com/JerryGaskill. The goal is $25,000; by day four, the amount had reached 58 percent of that.
"I'm speechless," says Frost. "I'm trying to write thank-you notes as I go, but there's over 180 donors so far."
Frost worries that these giant hurricanes happen more often now, that the weather is different than it used to be. A ten-foot storm surge brought more than four feet of water into the Gaskills' house in nearby Seaside Heights. Their whole block is likely to be condemned -- in fact, the entire Seaside Heights music scene is washed away.
And now a nor'easter is on its way. The people there have no heaters and it is getting bitterly cold. Hurricane Gloria was the last major hurricane in 1988 but it was nothing like this. Many of us here in Houston have been through several hurricanes, and even more tropical storms, but only Ike really compares to what they're going through now, and they aren't as experienced as us.