When talking of classic 80's rock, KIX should always be in the conversation. Rockers from the early 1980's and Maryland natives, KIX hit the charts with several singles off two albums. Their third album Blow My Fuse went platinum with the ballad Don't Close Your Eyes. After 5 albums, the final being in 1995, KIX disbanded until 2003.
When KIX got back together in 2003 testing the waters again with all of the original members except for the bass player, the lineup looked like this: Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums & vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and new bass player Mark Schenker filling out the group. They played several dates a year with reunion shows in the Maryland and Pennsylvania area and sold out the shows easily and were awaited each year like their annual KIXmas shows. In 2008 they hit two of the big rock festivals, Rocklahoma and Rock the Bayou. Many of the music review sites and attendees gave KIX the "Best Performance" at both festivals. Since then they have been on the rosters for many of the Monsters of Rock Cruises and festivals across the US.
April 16th brought the announcement that KIX will be heading to the studios once again after 19 years to create their newest album. The band signed with Loud & Proud Records and their friend Tom Lipsky. Steve Whiteman put it this way, “The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family. We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, Show Business, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years! We'll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”
And Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun. What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise. They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves. They’re simply doing what they do best...and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”
The new album, due out for the summer of 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s Hot Wire album. Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.
As a little side note, Steve Whiteman was Lzzy Hales vocal coach for several years when she was a teen. She credits Steve with being able to do what she does now. We are forever grateful because Lzzy's voice is incredible, clear, strong, massive range and gives goose bumps! That also gives you an idea of the performance that Steve and KIX still put on. Would love to have KIX and Halestorm on the same stage together. That would sell out in the Mid-Atlantic in no time! See KIX this weekend at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD with their hometown fans letting them know how much they are loved.
KIX has many tour dates coming up, get out and see what the guys are doing new, but guaranteed you'll love the 80's songs too!
Fri 4/25 Columbia, MD M3 Festival
Sat 5/24 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
Sat 5/31 Sandusky, OH Ohio Bike Week
Fri 6/6 Vernal, UT Thunder Rocks
Sat 6/21 Idaho Falls, ID Rock The Falls
Fri 7/25 Royalton, MN Halfway Jam
Thu 7/31 Leemore, CA Tachi Palace Casino