Video footage and setlist from KIX’s final show
KIX consisting of frontman Steve Whiteman, guitarists Brian “Damage” Forsythe and Bob Paré, drummer Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant and bassist Mark Schenker sure know how to throw a party! KIX‘s final live performance took place yesterday night (on September 17, 2023) at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA and the group delivered a special setlist along with appearances from former guitarists Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and Brad Divens.
KIX’s setlist on September 17, 2023 (as per setlist.fm):
01. Atomic Bombs (with Ronnie Younkins on guitar)
02. The Kid (with Ronnie Younkins on guitar)
03. Midnite Dynamite
04. No Ring Around Rosie
05. Red Hot (Black & Blue) / Body Talk / Ball Baby / Luv-A-Holic / Love At First Sight / Love Pollution (instrumental medley)
06. Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT
07. Scarlet Fever
08. Don’t Close Your Eyes
09. Girl Money
10. Book To Hypnotize / Cool Kids / Cold Chills / Bang Bang (Balls of Fire) (instrumental medley)
11. The Itch
12. For Shame (with Brad Divens on guitar)
13. Mighty Mouth (with Brad Divens on guitar)
14. Cold Shower
15. Cold Blood (with Ronnie Younkins guitar intro and drum solo outro)
16. Blow My Fuse (with Ronnie Younkins on guitar)
17. Tear Down The Walls / Walkin’ Away (with Ronnie Younkins and Brad Divens on guitar)
18. Yeah Yeah Yeah (with Ronnie Younkins and Brad Divens on guitar)
In a very classy move, at the end of the show and after mentioning his bandmates, Whiteman took the time to thank the people behind the scenes who have helped KIX since the band came back in 2003. Whiteman indicated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx):
“Thank you [The crowd responded “You’re welcome!”]. I want to introduce the boys in the band. On the guitar in the white t-shirt, Brian “Damage” Forsythe. On the guitar, Ronnie “10/10” Younkins. On the drums, Jimmy “Chocolate”. On guitar, Bob Paré. On guitar, Brad Divens. I’d like to bring out the people that are behind the scenes and they’re the reason we’re out here. First of all… [At that point, Schenker walks up to Whiteman] Who are you? Mark Schenker on bass guitar. We would like to bring out the guy that resuscitated our career. We were dead in the water and this guy called me up and said, ‘Steve, I can book this band all over the country if you give me the chance’ and I said, ‘Ha ha’. And he proved me wrong. Please welcome Sullivan Bigg. Sullivan! This man’s the reason we’re still out here doing it.
The next person I’d like to bring out, whenever we have an album or a project or anything that requires a brain, please welcome our manager Madelyn Scarpulla. Madelyn, where are you? Where she at? Madelyn, come out and take a bow. Not a bowel movement, just a bow. Here she comes! Madelyn — give it up for Madelyn. Next, the boys — we make it rock, they make it roll. Our sound guy who’s been with us, I don’t know — Joe, he was a drum tech, he was an [inaudible] tech, he was a guitar tech, he was the sound guy for Funny Money and he’s been the sound guy for all these KIX shows — please welcome Joe Corcoran. Next, he was also with the [inaudible] KIX band. He came on board during Funny Money. Been with KIX since we reunited. He does everything, He’s a light tech. He does everything. ‘Frank, can you do this?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Can you do this? Can you do that? Can you do this? Can you do that?’ He never says ‘No’. He just says ‘Shit! I’m tired!’ Frank Royce!
This next guy started playing drums in Funny Money and when he decided — when Jimmy decided to come out of retirement — I said, ‘Sam, Jimmy wants to play drums again.’ Sam said [while taking a bow], ‘I understand’. When we needed a drum tech, it was an obvious choice — Sam Stillwell! Drum tech for [inaudible]. Last but certainly not least, Ronnie actually brought this next guy to us. We were looking for a guitar tech before we could afford a guitar tech. Ronnie said, ‘This guy is coming out. I’ll pay him.’ We said, ‘OK’ but he was so good, we got him on the payroll and he’s not only a guitar and stage tech, he’s a life saver, He was part of the reason — him and Mark [Schenker] brought Jimmy back to life. Brandon Dull, ladies and gentlemen.
I also want to thank the merch people. They’re essential when we go on the road. They do a great job and they eat for free! First of all, Marcy Royce and Frank carries all the shit around so you have Frank and Marcy together. Then we got Mark — get that out of my face [laughs] [to someone in the audience with a cell phone]. Mark and Gerry Alman [not sure about spelling]. Those guys work endlessly all day long [inaudible]. All these people are involved in these shows. It’s not just us so give it up for these guys. You guys [to the crowd] have been incredible. For 45 years, we’ve been doing this and anytime we play in this area, you people come out in droves. You went crazy. We love you! You’re the best! We will miss you. Thank you very much for all these years of rock n’ roll and being the best fans ever. We love you! Goodnight! Thank you [the crowd responds ‘You’re welcome’]. Goodnight. Goodnight family. I’ve got a lot of family here and friends. So long! That’s all folks!”
KIX performing “Atomic Bombs” live with Ronnie Younkins on guitar at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA on September 17, 2023 (video from John Ferox‘s YouTube page):
KIX performing “Midnite Dynamite” live at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA on September 17, 2023 (video from John Ferox‘s YouTube page):
KIX performing “Girl Money” live at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA on September 17, 2023 (video from John Ferox‘s YouTube page):
KIX performing “Blow My Fuse” live with Ronnie Younkins on guitar at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA on September 17, 2023 (video from John Ferox‘s YouTube page):
KIX leaving the sage for the final time at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, USA on September 17, 2023 (video from The Rock Experience with Mike Brunn‘s YouTube page):