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Interview with Kix founding Guitarist Brian Forsythe

4 August 2014 18 Comments

By: Darius

Kix Band Promo Photo 2014

Kix 2014

I first started listening to Kix in 2009, after we had Jason “Gong” Jones from Drowning Pool and AM Conspiracy on the show. That Blow My Fuse shirt he wore for the publicity photos from the former’s Desensitized record was an odd and even impulsive choice, yet it looked really cool. That image lives on to this day. Just search for Drowning Pool in Rhapsody. Boom… there it is. Never mind the fact that Drowning Pool has had 2 singers since then.

Drowning Pool Desensitized Promo Photo Jason Gong Jones

Over the year, I’ve grown very fond of their music. I even saw them live at the Key Club in West Hollywood for what was the last real live music show in the club’s history. They’ve since changed and become just another lame Vegas style night club that’s only open two days a week. But man… they were great that night. A good friend of mine once told me that Bret Michaels learned all of his stage moves from Kix front man Steve Whiteman. I believe it.

Back in 2009, I was new to this show and the Jason Jones interview was actually the first time I co-hosted with Andrew. There was a lot of discussion about that Kix shirt back then so now it feels almost like things have come full circle (pun definitely not intended Drowning Pool fans) with this spot.

I also remember hearing “Don’t Close Your Eyes” on Hair Nation several years ago and hitting the rewind button over and over again. The chorus in that song sticks with you. A friend was slightly amused the first 4-5 times of hearing me scream “DONT CLOSE YOUR EYE-EEEEE-EYESSSSS!!!!!” You can’t help but sing along to that gem. So good!

Kix is such a great band. Brian “Damage” Forsythe was a very pleasant guest and his skills are undeniable. Check out the new Kix record, Rock Your Face Off, and see these Maryland cats live on a stage near you.

You can download or stream the interview here.

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18 Comments »

  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Criminally underrated. I agree with something Andrew has always said about them and that their lack of success had nothing to do with anything other than an ability to brand them.

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  • 1942 said:

    The first thing I thought when I saw that DP promo photo in college was WTF is he doing wearing a Kix shirt. Nothing against Kix but it was so out of place.

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  • Brian Doran said:

    Still can’t wrap my head around why this band never got to the level of their contemporaries.

    I agree with Darius about the Key Club closing. Now it’s just truly another lame Vegas style place. It’s a true shame. Each time I’d be out in LA I’d always do that, the Rainbow, etc. Just good times and memories.

    It’s all coming to an end.

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  • Hades said:

    I started listening to Kix from that Drowning Pool interview! I heard Don’t Close Your Eyes but I just thought it was some faceless 80’s balladeers like Europe or Survivor. I’ve been a fan since that show in 2009. Of the 80s bands Cinderella were my band. I just want into them more than the others but Kix has leaped to the top of that heap. Kix and Cheap Trick are my jams.

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  • fx blessed said:

    A very poor man’s AC/DC. I’m not Bret Michaels fan but who cares if Bret stole Whitemore’s moves if Michaels does them better?

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  • FROST in DC said:

    Hot Wire was good but nada compared to Blow My Fuse which is one of the best rock records ever released. I’m not just saying that because I’m a Baltimore guy either.

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  • yigger nes said:

    these were the mtv days. i never saw any other video by them ever. was just like dont close your eyes and that was the end. i didnt know nothing about hot wire or the one after. i will check out rock your face off though. seems cheesy but might be good.

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  • Vinny said:

    Say what you want about Poison but they have some catchy songs. I don’t know what Bret’s doing with perfume. I was in the pet store the other day and the dude is branding pet products too. Crazy stuff.

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  • Carla said:

    Kix did not have an identity outside of the music. They made the cardinal mistake of just playing good music. This last sentence makes your head spin, huh? To quote Metallica, it’s Sad But True.

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  • Stain Of Humanity said:

    Hades:
    I started listening to Kix from that Drowning Pool interview! I heard Don’t Close Your Eyes but I just thought it was some faceless 80′s balladeers like Europe or Survivor. I’ve been a fan since that show in 2009. Of the 80s bands Cinderella were my band. I just want into them more than the others but Kix has leaped to the top of that heap. Kix and Cheap Trick are my jams.

    It’s funny you mention that because at the time I thought Europe sang the song. I learned it wasn’t Europe when in a bar I saw it on the jukebox as Kix.

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    I heard an interview on local radio in PA many years ago where the girl who sings for Halestorm credited the Kix frontman for personally helping her develop into an artist. She said that or something like it. Of all people huh?

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  • MAAT said:

    LOCH NESS,

    AND THAT’S SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF? TEACHING LIZZY HALE? PLEASE. THATS PURE AND UTTER GARBAGE THAT BAND PUTS OUT

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  • Jonas said:

    I never heard of this band a day in my life. Their music is dated. Why do you cover this garbage?

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  • Kam-NY said:

    I’ve witness kix live many many times and few are better. faster pussycat was here on the li last week and taime looked bloated and sounded terrible. kix puts on a killer show and are one of the few bands from that time still rocks live.

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  • 1978 said:

    LOCH NESS,

    Why of all people? Do you know how many people had unsuccessful careers as performers but when on to do great things on the business side? I’m NOT saying Kix was unsuccessful but your comment is way off.

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  • Dennis said:

    This CD is awesome. Put your guard down and take it for what it is. AWESOME.

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  • Carl said:

    fx blessed,

    It’s Whiteman, and if you’ve ever seen Kix live, you’d know that Whiteman does them better…much better!

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  • Carl said:

    LOCH NESS,

    Yes…Lzzy Hale of Halestorm took vocal lessons from Kix frontman Steve Whiteman back when she was a young teen…He still gives vocal lessons as a matter if fact!
    fx blessed,

    It’s Whiteman, and if you’ve ever seen Kix live, you’d know that Whiteman does them better…much better!

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