M3 Rock Festival, Day ONE, W.A.S.P., Kix
Danger Danger, Bad Seed Rising
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD, 21044
This event is all ages
One of the heavier bands to come out of the early-'80s L.A. metal scene, W.A.S.P. quickly rose to national infamy thanks to their shock rock image, lyrics, and live concerts. Unfortunately, once the novelty and scandal began to wear off, the band found it difficult to expand, or even maintain, their audience by relying only on their music. Leader Blackie Lawless (bass/vocals) was already a rock & roll veteran when he relocated to the West Coast and founded W.A.S.P. with guitarists Chris Holmes and Randy Piper and drummer Tony Richards.
KIX was founded in 1978 in Hagerstown, Maryland as The Shooze, then changed its name to The
Generators before eventually settling on KIX. They were considered one of Maryland's top cover
bands prior to their signing with Atlantic Records in 1981. Though considered by many glam metal,
the bands pop-metal stylings drew inspiration from bubblegum pop and new wave as well as hard
In 1981, they debuted with a self-titled album “KIX,” featuring "Atomic Bombs," "Heartache," "Contrary
Mary", "The Itch," "The Kid." "Love at First Sight" instantly became a concert favorite. "KIX Are for
Kids" creatively merged the name of the band with two popular cereals of the 1960s and 1970s, KIX
(that featured an atomic bomb commercial) and the Trix Rabbit (i.e., "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!").
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" became the band’s most popular concert song, always with a unique ad-lib
performance by Whiteman. With this album, the tongue-in-cheek rock & roll style of KIX was
Their 1983 follow-up, “Cool Kids” showcased a slightly more commercial side of the band featuring
the title song and the single "Body Talk.” Somewhat overlooked but a favorite with female fans was
the ballad "For Shame."
KIX then partnered up with Ratt and future Warrant producer Beau Hill and, in 1985, released the
album “Midnite Dynamite,” featuring a hard rock single by the same name and funk rock songs “Cold
Shower" and "Sex." The band headed west to begin to make a name for themselves in such places
as the Sunset Strip, where Mötley Crüe and other glam metal bands rose to stardom.
KIX went back to the studio to write more songs. In 1988, they released “Blow My Fuse,” and finally
achieved fame as it went platinum. The slow ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes" -- containing anti-suicide
lyrics -- led the way and other popular cuts followed. The album featured popular singles "Cold Blood"
and "Blow My Fuse" with popular videos showing the band in concert at Hammerjacks. In 1989, the
band released “KIX, Blow My Fuse, the Videos” with their now popular videos and behind-the-scenes
footage. As KIX finally graduated to arenas, they opened for such popular artists as Aerosmith.
The album “Hot Wire” finally arrived in 1991 with the single, “Girl Money".. While on tour in 1992, they
made a live album, titled “KIX Live” at the University of Maryland, College Park. This album was
released in 1993. In 1995, the band released their final album “Show Business,” on CMC records. KIX
broke up in 1995, and Hammerjack’s Concert Hall was torn down in June 1996 to make way for a
parking lot for the Baltimore Ravens' stadium. Steve Whiteman would re-emerge as the singer for local Baltimore band Funny Money, with whom he
continues to work. Jimmy Chalfant has also joined Funny Money as the full time drummer. Steve also
teaches voice at The Musician's Institute in Baltimore and Triple R Guitar in Lemoyne, Pa. Ronnie
Younkins moved to L.A. and wrote, recorded and released the album The Slimmer Twins - Lack of
Luxury as a collaboration with singer Jeremy L. White in 2000. In 2002 he founded The Blues
Vultures, maturing into the lead singer and main songwriter position and followed in 2005 with the
album The Blues Vultures - Cheap Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars. Brian Forsythe plays in The Snakehandlers and has recently been on tour as the guitar player of Rhino Bucket. Brian can be
heard on the Bucket's 2005 release 'And Then It Got Ugly'.
Steve Whiteman, Jimmy Chalfant, Ronnie Younkins, and Brian Forsythe have teamed up a few times
a year for the last few years to do KIX reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area that have
been very well received.
Then in the summer of 2008 KIX performed outside their home area for the first time in 13 years at
two of the biggest rock festivals in the US. Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma and Rock the Bayou in
Houston, TX. KIX was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at both
festivals. These were both massive rock festival where KIX played alongside acts such as Sammy
Hagar, Alice Cooper, Telsa, Queensrÿche, Ratt, Lita Ford, Warrant and more.
Since then KIX has been performing more and more shows at festivals, casinos and biker
rally’s across the country impressing promoters with their top notch performances and cult
following of fans who seem to turn up in big numbers to see them everywhere they play.
For Danger Danger, good things seem to come in twos.
Formed in 1987 by Bruno Ravel and Steve West, and rounded out by Ted Poley, Andy Timmons and Kasey Smith, it didn't take long for the band to be noticed by Epic Records' Lennie Petze. Petze, who had earlier discovered Boston, Cyndi Lauper and Aldo Nova, to name a few, made Danger Danger the first signing to his newly minted Imagine Records. Released in 1989, the self-titled Imagine/Epic release struck gold. While touring with Kiss, Alice Cooper, Warrant and Extreme, the band smashed out two hit singles at both radio and MTV - the classic Naughty Naughty, and highly infectious Bang Bang. Good things for Danger Danger did indeed, come in twos.
1991 saw the release of Screw It! With extensive touring and overwhelming press coverage, Screw It! actualized two hits, Monkey Business and I Still Think About You. Another tour with Kiss, this time in Europe, and a second sold out headlining tour of Japan, solidified Danger Danger’s place in the rock world.
Now a hot commodity, success could be seen night after sold-out night, whether they were opening for the biggest rock acts or headlining venues on their own.
In 1993, Danger Danger recorded their 3rd disc for Sony titled Cockroach, however, due to legal wrangling, the album wouldn’t see the light of day until eight years later.
Upon completion of the album, the band parted ways with lead singer Ted Poley. Needing a replacement, friend and former Elektra recording artist, Canadian Paul Laine stepped in. The lead vocals were re-recorded with Laine and the album
was back on the release schedule. The band and Sony were both soon hit with lawsuits from the departed singer, thus causing Sony to decide it was in their best interest to
shelve the record. Eventually the band amicably parted ways with the label.
In 1995, Bruno Ravel and Steve West formed Low Dice Records, and released their first album for the label - Dawn. Conceived during this dark chapter for the band, the record was somewhat of a departure from their earlier work, reflecting
a somber and introspective tone, both musically and lyrically.
1998 saw the release of Four The Hard Way, a return to the band’s original melodic rock roots. The album was heralded as a classic in the genre, receiving rave reviews throughout the world.
The Return Of The Great Gildersleeves followed in 2000. It too, was greeted with stellar reviews from critics and fans the world over, further helping cement the band's reputation.
In 2001, the long awaited, and eagerly anticipated Cockroach was finally released. In a joint venture with Sony Music, Low Dice Records issued a 2 CD set featuring both versions of the album. Disc one features then current vocalist Paul Laine,
while disc two features original lead vocalist Ted Poley.
The response was overwhelming. The album consistently landed on top ten lists everywhere. It has been hailed as Danger Danger’s finest album to date.
In 2002, VH1 voted the group one of the “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time,” landing at number 25, and featuring them in their hit special VH1’s “Top 40 Hairbands Of All Time.” Later that year, the band scored another coup when their song Naughty Naughty Xmas was featured in the #1 movie in America – Disney’s "The Santa Clause 2."
2003 was filled with many highlights, beginning with the release of Rare Cuts, a collection of unreleased and rare tracks. Following the success of the album, the band triumphantly returned to the UK (after a ten year absence) and Spain, wowing fans and critics alike. The end of the year also saw the release of the critically acclaimed We Wish You A Hairy Christmas, a collection of Christmas songs featuring some of the biggest “hair bands” of all time. Singling out the band,
Rolling Stone had this to say: “Danger Danger’s Naughty Naughty Xmas affirms that beneath all the hair spray, the Eighties-metal boom included a bunch of totally rocking Cheap Trick tribute bands.” More praise came as Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazine declared Danger Danger’s
self-titled debut one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Albums Of The ‘80s.”
2004, looks to be an even more exciting year with the return of original vocalist Ted Poley after an eleven-year absence. The band will return to the road this summer with an extensive tour. Sweden Rock will be one of their first shows in Scandinavia, with many dates to follow throughout Europe, Brazil, Canada and the USA.