Posts Tagged ‘Steve Whiteman’

KIX – guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins

July 19th, 2017

RONNIE YOUNKINS

Kix is an American hard rock band that achieved their greatest popularity during the 1980s with such albums as MIDNIGHT DYNAMITE and BLOW MY FUSE. The band’s biggest hit was the power ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes, which was in heavy rotation on US radio stations and MTV. The band split up in 1996, but they got back together in 2003 with the line-up of vocalist Steve Whiteman, guitarists Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and Brian “Damage” Forsythe, drummer Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant and the new bassist Mark Schenker. The album ROCK YOUR FACE OFF was released in 2014. Kix performed at Sweden Rock festival in early June. There I had the pleasure to discuss with the band’s guitarist and founder member, Ronnie Younkins, on many topics including the current lineup, the upcoming Kix album and his recent absence from the group’s ranks.

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SWEDENROCK 2017

July 9th, 2017

SWEDENROCK 2017

Once again, the Finnish Metal-Rules.com two-man-team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock.  The 2017 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock as usual. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four-day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past twenty years, always being sold out as it was again this year. However, it took a bit longer until all the tickets were gone this year. It has become quite logical for us to give an in-depth report on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. It was an enormous pleasure to testify Scorpions, Venom, Ratt, Warlock, Running Wild, and a whole lot more.  Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully, you will have a pleasant reading experience… Stay hard, True As Steel.

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BRIAN FORSYTHE of Rhino Bucket and Kix

February 26th, 2011

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BRIAN FORSYTHE

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Brian Forsythe is best known for his work with successful U.S rockers Kix. The band started its career in the late 70’s with the classic line up of Brian Forsythe, vocalist Steve Whiteman, guitarist Ronnie Younkins, drummer Jimmy Chalfant and bassist Donnie Purnell. They released such hard rock classics as MIDNITE DYNAMITE, BLOW MY FUSE and HOT WIRE. Brian left the band in 1992 but he briefly returned to play in Kix’s final studio release SHOW BUSINESS which was released in 1995.  After some touring Brian left again and the whole band slowly disbanded until they decided to reform Kix without Donnie in 2004. Since then Kix have been playing some shows every then and now including Rocklahoma Festival in 2008. But there’s been more than just Kix in his musical journey. In addition to many projects during the years he’s currently playing with rockin’ country band The Shakehandlers as well as with blues band The Purple Gang but the main band for Brian currently is definitely Rhino Bucket.

Rhino Bucket was originally formed in 1987 and band find some great success with its 1990 s/t debut album. The sophomore album GET USED TO IT was released in 1992 but it failed to reach its predecessors success. PAIN, which featured former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, came out in 1994 but soon band called it’s quits before returning again in 2001 with original members Georg Dolivo bassist Reeve Jones, drummer Liam Jason (who had changed his sex and was now called Jackie Enx!) and Brian who was now invited to join the bands ranks to replace Greg Fields. A new lineup released its first album AND THEN IT GOT UGLY in 2006 and THE HARDEST TOWN followed in 2009. The latter once again featured Simon Wright on drums. The bands latest release WHO’S GOT MINE saw the light of day in January of 2011 and soon after, for the first time ever, the band arrived in Finland to play a series of club shows around the country. Brian kindly sat down with us before the bands show in Helsinki and here are the results of our little conversation. Topics include, of course, the latest from Rhino Bucket camp and well as some Kix stuff as well… Read on!

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