Kix is a heavy metal band from Maryland. They rose to fame in the 1980s as a touring band, and in the early 1990s as recording artists. After spending many years in hiatus, they regrouped in 2003 and began to tour again. Their recent appearances have been the ones at the “M3 Rock Festival” in 2011 which took place in their home state and the “Rocklahoma Festival” in which they performed in 2008. The band has taken on to performing live once more for this year, so do not miss out of Kix tickets.
Kix was formed in 1977 by three young men, Ronnie Younkins, Donnie Purnell and Brian Forsythe. They spent much of their earliest years simply jamming together and writing songs. By 1981, they had collected enough material to put out a full length album, a self titled number. It consisted of songs like “Heartache”, “The Itch”, “Atomic Bombs” and “The Kid”. The song in particular that was very popular with the concert audiences was “Love at First Sight”. They became known for their cheeky rock n roll style that emulated the glam fad of their era. Another one of their top concert songs and which later turned out to be their most popular track of all time, was “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”. Whenever they would perform the song live, Whiteman, the lead singer would add in a spontaneous vocal performance to make it more interesting for their fans. Each version was different to the next; their biggest fans began to keep track of versions and this became somewhat of a meme.
The band also went through a number of name changes in their early days. When they initially began, they went for “Shooze” as the group’s name. As they got more serious as performers, they went with a rockier sounding “Generators”. Ultimately, they settled for Kix. During the 1960s, there were two common breakfast cereals, “Kix”, and “Trix”. This is where the inspiration for the name came from. The latter product had a mascot in their commercials who was always told, “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!” Later on, the band released a track called “Kix Are for Kids”, merging the slogans of both brands of cereal.
Once they had their own material, they managed to become locally famous. They were the favorite heavy metal act of Baltimore and had become widely known in their home state as the most exciting cover artists. It was in 1981 finally that they were signed onto a major label, Atlantic Records. By this time, the official lineup of the band was Steve Whiteman as the lead singer, Ronnie Younkins as the guitarist who also went by his stage name 10/10, Brian Forsythe, also the guitarist, and Jimmy Chalfant as the drummer. The creative mastermind behind the band was the bass player, Donnie Purnell. In order to let their names be known, they started to play at every club near them for six days a week. They kept this routine consistently for three years before they started to get recognized and had gathered a significant fan base. This is what led to their record deal—the fact that they already had a built in following and that they were proficient live performers. Once they had released their album, they travelled to the East Coast, carrying on the same methods of performing at every local club or places with open mic nights.
Their follow up album came in 1984 and was called “Cool Kids”. With this record, their approach was to go a bit more commercial so they could attract a larger audience. The first single from this album was “Body Talk” which met with a lot of controversy. Heavy metal fans reckoned the track was written to please the label and compromised the true sound to appear more mainstream and get more radio play. This was accentuated by the fact that the music video for the song was just as commercial. The band however quickly reiterated their original sound with the other tracks “Mighty Mouth” and “Restless Blood”, getting back in their fans good graces.
Since then, the band has dispersed and regrouped twice but has preserved the sound they first sought out to create. In August of 2012, it was announced that they had been signed to “Frontiers Records”. Thus, they will be going on tour to perform their newest songs and promote their album; Kix tickets have already hit the market.
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