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Kix at Rock Gone Wild!

I don't like posting press releases, but since I wrote this one and we're talking about my beloved Kix, you all get to read and enjoy. That's right, kiddos: Kix are headed to Iowa. Get your tickets. Don't make me stand in a field and drink cans of beer alone.

Of course, if I was alone, I'd have a better chance of hanging out with Kix, wouldn't I?

On second thought, stay home!

Nah, I'm kidding.


ALGONA, IOWA (October 28, 2008) - The "dirty boys of the underground," east coast rockers Kix, are set to bring their high-energy stage antics to America's heartland. Kix will play the inaugural Rock Gone Wild festival in Algona, Iowa August 20-23, 2009.

Founded in a Hagerstown, Maryland basement about three decades ago, Kix are known for an over-the-top show - complete with choreography! Kix take the phrase "hop, skip and a jump" to a completely new level. Band members made a name for themselves in the mid 1980s with a string of videos on MTV and the hit single "Don't Close Your Eyes" featured on the popular album Blow My Fuse. East coast fans know Kix intimately. Their New Year's Eve shows at Hammerjacks are stuff of legend. Now, fans outside the eastern seaboard get the chance to experience real rock energy up close and personal. Kix are Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian "Damage" Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie "10/10" Younkins (guitar), Mark Schenker (bass) and Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (drums).

Kix join Dangerous Toys, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket, Helix and Junkyard to the constantly expanding Rock Gone Wild lineup. Visit or for updated festival information.

Rock Gone Wild fans are able to purchase tickets at all three price levels: platinum, VIP and general admission. Platinum ticket holders are allowed exclusive access to the Sinners Lounge. The Sinners Lounge features buffet style lunch, dinner and nightly snacks daily; liquor and beer, soft drinks and water - all to enjoy in an air conditioned tent. The Sinners Lounge is the perfect nightclub setting for all rock fans! Platinum ticket holders sit in the first ten rows.

VIP ticket holders also get special Rock Gone Wild privileges. These ticket holders will sit in rows 11-30, enjoy buffet style lunch, dinner and late night snacks daily, plus beer, soft drinks and water. VIP fans will enjoy their food and drink in air-conditioned tents. General admission tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, please visit

Rock Gone Wild will take place at the FreedomPark festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.

Rock now. Rock on. Rock wild.



Reader Comments (13)

I'm waiting for kixrules to make a comment :)
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternat
Saigon Kick!

That's all..
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Alysson U like Kix too much sorry i don't see whats so great about them yeah they r great and i gave them so many listens thanks to u but still they dont hold up with Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella, or even bands like Bang Tango, Faster Pussycat, and Heavens Edge. sorry
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666

Music is so subjective, how can you say I like Kix (or Aerosmith or Motley) too much? We are all drawn to bands for individual reasons - there isn't much rhyme or reason why I like one band...but you might hate them. That's what is so fascinating about music - especially popular music. It's an art - it's all opinion.

I can't imagine my life without Kix or Aerosmith or Motley. I'd probably have better hearing...but my days sure would be empty.

What do you think?

- Allyson
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Does anyone know how much the tickets cost for this festival? I can't find that info anywhere on the official site. It talks about what benefits you get with the different kinds of tickets but no prices. I don't want to have to register just to find out how much the tickets area.

Also, I saw that on their booking agencies page, Skid Row is listed at being on the bill at Rock Gone Wild.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
I have heard that general admission tickets for RGW will be $165 for the 4 days. I believe the Platinum are around $500, and VIP in the $350 range.
I have heard hints from Nat that Skid Row will be playing.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter80s Rocker
As for Kix, I only saw them live once, but they were amazing! Just as good as Great White, Poison, and other Glam bands.

As for myself, I love listening to Metallica & Tool.
Maybe because I have seen them multiple times in concert, and they put on great shows.
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter80s Rocker

Platinum tickets are $565
VIP tickets are $365

Skid Row are not confirmed for Rock Gone Wild.

- Allyson
October 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Im not sure about rock gone wild, keep in mind the band line up should be great but if you thought Rocklahoma was in the middle of no where This rock gone wild is totally in the sticks 2 hours from the nearest airport in IOWA? and the town its in makes Pryor OK look like NY city. At least ROK is top notch and has experience dealing with a large event. Remember Rock the Bayou that sounded like the most half assed festival put together. I'll stick to ROK even if they didnt announce the bands this will be my 3rd year and I got moved up to 4th row. Good luck in Iowa.
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFitz
Fitz - Algona does have experience handling large events. They have hosted 3 RAGBRAI overnights, which is about 15,000 - 23,000 people to host for a 24 hour period. Also, the Freedom Rally ABATE event that has been at the same park as RGW will be held, has been here the last 6 years, That brings about 10,000 people for a 3 to 5 day 4th of July weekend.
The town may have a population of 7000, but has enough retail and restaurants to handle large events.
There is a airport in Mason City, 50 miles away, as well as a local airport in Algona, that several companies in town have had company jets fly in for.
October 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter80s Rocker
Saigon Kick without Jason is close, but not the same. Although they do play everything off the 1st two albums (their best). Lineup is looking great so far.
November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
I saw Funny Money this past Saturday at Memories a small bar in Waldorf MD . They were unbelievably good .Played about 8 Kix songs . Steve Whiteman sounds better than ever , better live than on the Cds . Band is very good as well . I will make a trip up to Balt or Va . to see Kix very soon .
It's hard to beleive but I would guess the 4/5ths of the original Kix lineup will be even better than Funny Money . Hadn't seen Kix since the late 80s . I have seen so many shows that didn't live up to the hype , drugged out Aerosmith , raggy voiced Guns and Roses , uninterested or unmotivated Ratt and motley Crue ect .
Steve Whiteman brings it like he is in front of 1 million people singing for his life when only about 150 people were there . Great songs played by great musicians that are all heart .
November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
I was at the Ram's Head show Friday night (12/26/08) and it blew out the walls!! I was also at Leonardtown Wharf in 1978 when the Shooz blew out those walls also and caused a riot with the Md. State Troopers to boot (actually it was a buddy of mine and his brother who decided to take on the whole Leonardtown barracks that caused the riot, and they paid dearly for it). Those were the days of pure unadulterated debauchery, and that music just stoked it up. For the uninitiated, Shooz became The Generators who became KIX. Same line-up (with the exception of the eventual D. Purnell departure) and same excellent music/showmanship. Its too bad about Donnie Purnell, but Mark Schenker does an excellent job on bass in the current lineup. I wish these guys all the best. Differences notwithstanding, they have paid their dues and every dollar they earn at these shows is well-deserved. I won't normally stand around in a bar rocking out past 1:00 am, but I was a dancing fool on Friday night and spent all my girl money, and that's OK.

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