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Kix to Play the Sunset Strip! 

I'm already traveling across the country to cover a slew of festivals this summer and that ain't cheap...but I would love to be at the House of Blues on August 27th. Why? Because Kix will mark their return to the Sunset Strip by playing a special gig at the House of Blues. If by some miracle I can scrape together money for yet another plane ticket, I'm so there. I haven't been to Los Angeles in a few years anyway, and any excuse to hang out on the Strip...

Actually, I think I'll head to Expedia right now. You read the official press release while I try to make this happen.

KIX original members Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitar), Brian Forsythe (guitar), Jimmy Chalfant (drums) along with and bassist Mark Schenker make a long overdue and hugely anticipated return to Hollywood on Friday, August 27, doors 7:30 p.m., at the House of Blues Sunset Strip after nearly 20 years.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 17, at 10 a.m., at all Ticketmaster outlets and House of Blues box offices. House of Blues Sunset Strip is located at 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

Founded in 1978 in Hagerstown, Md., as The Shooze, the band changed its name to The Generators before settling on KIX. KIX signed with Atlantic Records in 1981, and released seven albums between 1981 and 1995, including the hugely popular “Midnight Dynamite” showcasing such favorites as “Cold Shower”, “Sex” and the title track “Midnight Dynamite”. KIX hit platinum success in 1988 with “Blow My Fuse,” featuring such hits as “Cold Blood” and the smash power ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. With the downfall of 80’s rock in the early 90’s KIX broke up in 1995.

KIX resurfaced in 2004, and began playing a few local sold out shows, but only in the Baltimore area. Then, in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside its home area for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the US: Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla., and Rock the Bayou in Houston, Texas. KIX garnered “Best Performance” at both festivals, a dubious distinction considering KIX shared the stage with Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queensryche, Ratt, Lita Ford, Warrant and more.

From 2009 to now, audiences are thrilled to see KIX performing more successful festival and sold out shows outside Baltimore.

KIX’s return to Hollywood after 20 years is predicted to be “Hollywood’s 80’s rock event of 2010” and sure to be a total sell out. KIX’s freakish popularity and cult status far outweighs that of other acts from the 80’s rock genre that sold more records and had more hits. KIX has certainly stood the test of time.

Reader Comments (4)

I know people on the West Coast have been asking for KIX to play out there and specifically LA for a long time, so i hope everyone makes it to the Strip for this show! Can't wait to read the reviews! Ally you better go! lol
April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Having just recently seen 'em in Baltimore (KixRules, I think you said you were at that show), and based on the fact they've consistently beat all of the other bands at the festivals, either officially (i.e. garnering "Best Performance" at both Rocklahoma and Rock the Bayou) or unofficially (i.e. everyone knowing they always blow all the other bands off the stage, as Al observed at last year's M3), I believe their return to the Sunset Strip will blow the roof off the House of Blues.

It will be interesting to see who will show up beyond all the great L.A. fans. It would do Nikki Sixx and all the L.A. Boys who might be in town to catch this show -- to once again see how it's done in the flesh.

It might quicken their step in some of their stage moves when they see that Kix hasn't lost not a single one in all of these years. I don't know how theez boyz do it.

The members of Kix are all either 50 or pushin' it and haven't slowed down one bit since the first time I saw 'em as Kix (saw 'em as the Shooz and The Generators numerous times, too) opening for Cheap Trick at the U.S. Naval Academy in '81 where they blew the hats off all the Midshipmen.

I can still vividly recall being absolutely stunned while watching them on stage looking as though they were being electrocuted during their performance. And the music? Well, just listen to "The Itch" and "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah", which they still perform at every show.

They run and jump around like the place they're playin' is burning down... which it is... because they are on fire when they're on stage!

One nagging question...

Where's Purnell, the original bass player and real genius behind this band?

Regardless, Al, you have to go, if you can swing it. It will be interesting to observe what happens. I might even project right now that this will be a landmark performance in that it will ignite even further an already somewhat revitalized L.A. Glam Metal scene and get more Charvelles and Jacksons (or Les Pauls and Telecasters a la Kix) in more kid's hands than if Kix did not come out there.

Kix will inspire a whole new legion of Glam Metal Kiddz who will undoubtedly be at this show (you shoulda seen all the kidz at that Baltimore show), for sure, especially if it's all ages like the show I just saw.

The Strip will be "Alive and Kix'n" (ouch) on August 27th!

L.A. Metal Glammerz, don't miss it! It will be the show of the year (at least!) out there, I assure you!
April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
kis is a great band hopefully they do a new cd but probably wont as purnell was main songwriter, also the song is cold blood not sold shower sorry lol but a great song,, dont close your eyes is probably one of the best ballads of all time its too bad they dont come anywhere near us would love to see them
April 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
Im sorry happy about this. Im from Baltimore and this band has always been at the top of my list and think they are extremely underated. I moved to the LA/OC California area for years ago and I put on there music when I miss home. Ill be there and cant wait.
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRon

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