Kix must tour! Now that Rocklahoma is over and I'm at home, I've had time to reflect on all the bands. The two best were easily Tesla and Kix. Tesla tour all the time, but Kix never leave the east coast and only play a couple shows a year.
According to the band's official website, there are a few shows coming up, mostly during September in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. I'd love to go, but my husband would divorce me for spending more money on all these shows.
If Rock the Bayou promoters were smart, they'd try very, very hard to get Kix added to the bill. I'm going to Rock the Bayou in Houston, but now I almost wish I was heading to Baltimore for the upcoming Kix show instead.
Saturday at Rocklahoma was pretty miserable after the bad weather, but Kix came on stage and got the job done and did their best to make good out of a bad situation. I really wanted to meet the band in person, but the storm stopped that from happening too.
Steve Whiteman is damn amazing when it comes to stage presence. He really does hop, skip and jump all over the place -- he gives people a show!
Glam musicians were often slagged by those who consider themselves more "serious" metallers, especially when they used choreographed stage moves and the like. Personally, I want to see a little thought put into a show for my money. Ticket prices basically start at fifty bucks these days, so I expect to see a little action. Actually, I demand a lot of action. I hate it when band members just stand in one spot and sing or play with a deer-in-the headlights look.
I got a fancy new camera to shoot Rocklahoma, and one of the bands I was most interested in capturing for you was Kix. Heavy rains ruined that goal, but I'm so glad I personally got to witness the band's marvelous performance.
Brian Forsythe really impresses me when it comes to guitar. No, he's not the world's best player -- but seriously, who is? Music is an art, and all art is subjective. Guitar playing comes from emotion -- and Brian plays with emotion. Match his emotion with Steve's enthusiasm and you've got a recipe for success my friends.
Kix now rank in my list of favorites -- right up there with Aerosmith and Motley Crue.
Brave souls risked it all and used camcorders during the rain at Rocklahoma. Here's a couple clips from the show - the audio was cutting a little in and out because of electrical issues, nevertheless, Kix still rocked the house.
Here's "Don't Close Your Eyes"
Here's "Cold Shower"