KIX To Open For JUDAS PRIEST In Maryland

August 15, 2009

Reactivated rockers KIX will open for JUDAS PRIEST on August 22 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

KIX's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Aug. 22 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, Maryland (w/ JUDAS PRIEST)
Sep. 11 - Hager Hall Events Center - Hagerstown, Maryland
Sep. 12 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia
Sep. 18 - Tubby's - Duncannon, Pennsylvania
Sep. 20 - Ramshead Live! - Baltimore, Maryland
Oct. 11 - Riverstar Entertainment Complex - Cincinnati, Ohio
Dec. 18 - Brunswick Fire Hall - Brunswick, Maryland
Dec. 19 - Ramshead Live! - Baltimore, Maryland

Fan-filmed video footage of KIX's April 3, 2009 concert at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut can be viewed below (clip uploaded by Ken Howell).

Four-fifths of the original KIX lineup — frontman Steve Whiteman, guitarists Ronnie Younkins and Brian "Damage" Forsythe and drummer Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant — has teamed up a few times a year for the last several years to do KIX reunion shows in its hometown areas of Maryland and Eastern Pennsylvania. It also performed at last year's Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.

Original bassist Donnie Purnell is not taking part in the reunion and is being replaced by Steve and Chalfant's FUNNY MONEY bandmate Mark Schenker.

Originally calling themselves SHOOZE and eventually changing their name to the GENERATORS and ultimately KIX, Baltimore's favorite hard rock band garnered quite a reputation for themselves as one of Maryland's most exciting live cover bands prior to signing to Atlantic Records in 1981. Led by frontman Whiteman and creative mastermind Purnell, the band hit the club circuit six nights a week for three straight years, resulting in the band cultivating a huge local fan base that led to a contract with the Time Warner affiliate. Releasing their self-titled debut in 1981, "Kix" featured live favorites like "Atomic Bombs", the glorious "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah", and "The Kid". To support the release, the quintet set out to hit every club up and down the East Coast.

(Thanks: Bring Back Glam!)

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