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25 years of rock 'n' roll sound

Kix to reunite Friday at Stinger's near Boonsboro

Kix to reunite Friday at Stinger's near Boonsboro

September 07, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

BOONSBORO - Back then, big hair and big sound were synonymous with rock 'n' roll.

At least that's how it was 25 years ago, when the Hagerstown-area band Kix signed with Atlantic Records and released its first album, which carried the hit song "Kix Are for Kids."

But things change. Seven albums and more than two decades later, the band dissolved.

"The whole West Coast, Seattle scene just took over and said 'Get out of town, we're throwing this party and you're not invited,'" said Kix frontman Steve Whiteman, referring to the takeover of grunge in the early '90s. "We worked our (behinds) off all those years and ended up with pocket change."

Well, the boys are back.

The five-man band, which started doing reunion shows last year, will celebrate its big break with a performance Friday at Stinger's Sports Pub & Grill, north of Boonsboro. The concert venue holds roughly 700 people.

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"It feels good to get people to come out and see you," Whiteman said.

Rhino Bucket, which features Kix guitarist Brian Forsythe, and Blues Vultures, which features fellow Kix guitarist Ronnie Younkins, will open the show.

"Kix built their reputation off of their live performance," Whiteman said. "(Concertgoers) know their going to get a high-energy, action-packed show."

Kix has scheduled shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Baltimore throughout September. For the full schedule, go to www.kixband.com.




If you go ...



WHAT: Kix 25th Reunion with Rhino Bucket and Blues Vultures

WHEN: 8:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8; doors open at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Stinger's Sports Pub & Grill, 7704 Old National Pike, north of Boonsboro

ADMISSION: $30 in advance, $36 at the door. Tickets available at www.stingerspub.com.

MORE: For more information, call 301-432-0885.

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