In 2014, platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off after almost 20 years since the release of their last studio album.
Now, two years later, the band—Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums) and Mark Schenker (bass)— have returned with a raucous display of rock ‘n’ roll.
CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a 2 disc DVD/CD set, gives Kix fans an inside look at how the band came to record a new album 20 years after their 1995 release, $how Bu$ine$$. The 71-minute film lets fans, new and old, into the band’s world.
The DVD features the making of the album from Schenker’s home studio, interviews with all band members, and a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX’s Hot Wire). It also includes interviews with notable rock artists and key music industry veterans who share their love and respect for KIX, involving Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Shannon Larkin (Godsmack/Wrathchild America), and Kevin Butler (Hammerjacks).
The DVD takes a look at KIX’s unsurpassed live shows and offers footage of several full performances from their latest album, including Can’t Stop the Show, Love Me with the Top Down, You’re Gone, Mean Miss Adventure, and Wheels in Motion.
One thing that really stands out while watching these performances is Whiteman’s enthusiasm and connection with the crowd. Even those unfamiliar with Kix are readily sucked into the vortex of Whiteman’s charisma. It becomes obvious very quickly that the band as a whole has not missed a single beat when it comes to creating great, high-energy music.
While Can’t Stop the Show: The Return of Kix could never capture the entirety of Kix’s excitement and energy, it gets pretty damn close. From Whiteman interacting with the crowd to the high-powered rhythmic performances of Schenker and Chalfant, and the aggressive and spirited fretwork of Younkins and Forsythe– it’s all here.