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Hair metal band Kix formed in the late 1970s and achieved some international success in the mid 1980s, riding on a wave with Motley Crue, Poison and the rest. Kix split in 1995, and then reformed in 2003. They’ve just released the Rock Your Face Off record, the band’s first studio album since 1995’s $how Bu$ine$$. We spoke to vocalist Steve Whiteman prior to Kix’s November 22 show in Golden.H

Yellow Scene: You just put out your first studio in 19 years – how did that feel?

Steve Whiteman: It felt great. We had been with other projects and writing for other projects in the meantime. When we started doing shows again, the question kept coming up of ‘would there ever be a new record.’ When we felt the time was right, when we felt that enough people would care enough to pick it up and want to buy it, we decided to go ahead and give it a shot.

YS: You guys have been back together for 11 years now – is this a good time for rock ‘n’ roll? Is it still fun?

SW: Actually, it’s more fun than ever. Back in the day, it was just pounding the pavements, being in buses and vans – just relentless touring. Nowadays, we just get on a plane, go do a couple of dates and come home.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado? Do you have any good memories?

SW: I love playing the Denver area, especially Red Rock. I think I saw more breasts in Red Rock than I did in Vegas.

YS: What are your plans for the set?

SW: Obviously all the Kix classics that everybody expects to hear, and we’re going to be playing some music from the new record. We want people to hear us play it live. Hopefully that will make people want to run out and either download it or buy it, however they want to get it.

YS: When these shows are over, what do you have planned going into the new year?

SW: We’re playing a couple of East Coast dates, we’re doing a couple of things in Los Angeles and I believe we’re coming from Houston to play Denver, so there are a lot more fly dates up until the end of the year.

Kix’s Rock Your Face Off album is out now.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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