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Dave King

Dave King and his wife, Bridget Regan, performing live with Flogging Molly in 2010
Background information
Born 11 December 1961 (1961-12-11) (age 48)
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Punk, Celtic punk, Oi!, Hard rock, Heavy metal
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bodhrán, banjo, spoons

Dave King (b. 11 December 1961 in Dublin, Ireland) is the lead vocalist and primary writer and lyricist for the Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly.


Roots and early life

Dave King (11 December 1961) grew up in a small two-room flat in Beggars Bush, Dublin, a tenement that was once 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 would form Flogging Molly with Ted Hutt, Jeff Peters, and Bridget Regan.[1][2] After emigrating to the United States, he was without a United States Permanent Resident Card for eight years, making him incapable of visiting his home. This separation from his homeland has been claimed to be a contributing factor in many of Flogging Molly's early song lyrics.

He is married to fellow musician and bandmate Bridget Regan as of 2008. They reside in Ireland, where Flogging Molly recorded their most recent album 'Float' in late 2007.[3]

His self-proclaimed favorite film is "Whithnail and I."

Career information

Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dave King was the vocalist for Fastway, a 1980s-early 1990s heavy metal band, featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of the metal band Motörhead, Pete Way (bassist of UFO), Jerry Shirley (drummer of Humble Pie). They recorded their first four records with King on vocals, as well as a live record, although Way left before the release of the first album and did not appear on the album cover. After disbanding Fastway (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, had a couple of minor hits but later disbanded. Dave King retained a record deal with Epic records, who wanted him to sing for The Jeff Beck Group, but he declined. He started working on new material with 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 Dave King has had great success with Flogging Molly, reaching a peak position of #4 on the Billboard charts top 200 and a #1 on the Billboard Indie Chart.[3]


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