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Kix's Final Performance, Photos At Columbia, MD Sept 17, 2023 By Rich Catino

KIX’s final performance ever September 17 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. “KIX…Walkin’ Away, The Final Show” original band members Steve Whiteman, Brian Forsythe, Ronnie Younkins, Jimmy Chalfant, and longtime bassist Mark Schenker take the stage for the very last time.

Set list

The Kid

(Ronnie Younkins on guitar)

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Midnite Dynamite

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No Ring Around Rosie

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Red Hot (Black & Blue) / Body Talk / Ball Baby / Luv-A-Holic / Love At First Sight / Love Pollution

(Instrumental medley)

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Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT

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Scarlet Fever

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Don't Close Your Eyes

Girl Money

Book to Hypnotize / Cool Kids / Cold Chills / Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)

The Itch

For Shame

Mighty Mouth

Cold Shower

Cold Blood

(Ronnie Younkins guitar solo…)

Blow My Fuse

(Ronnie Younkins on guitar)

Tear Down the Walls / Walkin' Away

(Ronnie Younkins and Brad Divens on guitar)

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

(Ronnie Younkins and Brad Divens on guitar)

All photos by Rich Catino for Metal Asylum

We wanted to do this show for our fans,” says Whiteman. “We owe a lot to them for their never-ending support over our long 45-year career. It was tempting to just fade away and stop booking gigs and ride off into the sunset, but we wanted our fans to be part of a local farewell show and give them a chance to see the band one last time.”

KIX formed in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1978 and have enjoyed a lasting 45-year career as one of hard rock’s most notable groups. The band’s retirement signifies the end of an era as KIX was one of the last touring bands from the 80’s rock scene who were still at the top of their game. Highly respected by fans, peers, and critics, KIX is deservingly very proud of their long legacy.

KIX released many albums throughout their career including, 1985’s breakout album Midnite Dynamite. From the slash-and-burn riffing of the album’s title track and the high-speed antics of “Layin’ Rubber,” to the Aerosmith-flavored groove of numbers like “Cold Shower,” and “Sex,” to the heart-break melancholia of the album’s sole ballad, “Walkin’ Away,” Midnite Dynamite was packed with material that delivered not only attitude in spades, but also pummeled the listener with hook after hook.

In 2014, KIX released Rock Your Face Off, their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indie/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart. In 2016, KIX released Can’t Stop The Show: The Return Of KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set that entered the Billboard Top Music Video Sales chart at #3, and rose to the #1 position, the band’s highest charting debut and first #1 ever in their history. The 71-minute film offered an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.

In 2018, KIX celebrated the 30th Anniversary of their biggest album, Blow My Fuse, with Blow My Fuse Re-Blown, a two-disc set with a remixed/remastered version of the album, along with the original demo recordings for all 10 songs. The reunion with long-time collaborator and the album’s original producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant, KIX) for this remix sparked the initiative to revisit Midnite Dynamite and take a similar approach to updating KIX’s legacy. In 2020, on the 35th anniversary of the release of Midnite Dynamite, KIX once again partnered with Beau Hill to release Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit.

KIX guitarist Ronnie Younkins rejoined his longtime bandmates when they play their final show on Sunday, September 17 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

The LAST KIX show reporting at the gig journalist extraordinaire Rich Catino (Bravewords, and Bad A*S guitarist Jack Frost (Aldo Nova, Savatage, Seven Witches) for The Metal Voice

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