KIX – Live in Baltimore

(CD/DVD) Frontiers




Originally formed in 1977, KIx released 6 albums between 1981 and 1996 and enjoyed a period of commercial success in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s before splitting up in 1996. No surprise as the band’s peers such as Ratt, Warrant and Tesla were also experiencing a change in fortunes as the musical landscape changed around them. It would be 2003 before the band were to reunite and even then bass player and songwriter Donnie Purnell did not join the other members of the band’s classic line-up for the ensuing handful of shows. Kix then spend the next few years playing a small number of festivals and other shows a year, each proving they had lost none of the fire and energy of their heyday.

Now the band is releasing the live CD/DVD “Live in Baltimore”, the DVD being the full show whilst the CD contains 12 tracks. All the essential elements are in place- the solid vocals of Steve Whiteman, the big backing vocals and the guitar solos of Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins and Brian “Damage” Forsythe- and the sound captured on the album doesn’t sound dated or out of place, in fact it’s like the band have never been away.

Suitably sleazy opening track “Ring Around Rosie” sounds like it did back in the ‘80’s, whilst during “Cold Shower” I actually spent 6 minutes back in 1985. The shows big ballad comes courtesy of the anti-suicide themed “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, there is a 16 minute romp through the song “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and “Cold Blood” see’s 8 and a half minutes that features some fine ‘80’s style audience participation. With tracks such as “Atomic Bombs”, “Lie Like A Rug”, “Blow My Fuse” and “She Dropped The Bomb” proving the band can still put on a great show, it is “Midnight Dynamite” and the aforementioned “Cold Shower” that really bring home the bacon here.

The album was produced by Kix bass player Mark Schenker, who has done a great job of transferring the band’s live feel to disc and whilst bands from this particular era may not dominate the airwaves anymore, there is still enough feeling of nostalgia to keep them performing- and that my friends is a very good thing.


Nikk Gunns

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