M3 Rock Festival, Day ONE, Kix, Loverboy

I.M.P. Presents

M3 Rock Festival, Day ONE

Kix

Loverboy

Winger, Faster Pussycat, Dangerous Toys, Baton Rouge, Station, Special VIP only set with Lita Ford

Fri, April 28, 2017

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 3:30 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, Maryland

$35.00 - $55.00

This event is all ages

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Kix
Kix
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 band's pop-metal stylings drew inspiration from bubblegum pop and new wave as well as hard rock.


In 1981, they debuted with a self-titled album “KIX,” featuring "Atomic Bombs," "Heartache," "Contrary Mary", "The Itch," and "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 established. 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-suicidelyrics -- 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.
Loverboy
Loverboy
After countless sellout stadium tours, three multi-platinum albums and a string of hit singles that have since become the party anthems of an entire generation, Alberta, Canada's Loverboy stands today as one of the most beloved rock acts in modern history. The band was formed in Calgary in 1980 and is comprised of vocalist Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matthew Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (who replaced original bassist Scott Smith after a tragic boating accident in 2000 claimed his life.) The group's 1980 eponymous debut featured the rock singles "Turn Me Loose" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonite," collectively propelling the release to gold status in both the band's native Canada and the United States. It was the anthemic "Working for the Weekend" (from 1981's Get Lucky) however which truly delivered Loverboy mega-rock attention, earning the group a staggering eight Juno Awards by the end of the year, the most received by a single group or individual to this day. With the momentum of such a feat, the group continued their success with 1983's Keep It Up (featuring the smash hit "Hot Girls in Love",) 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It (whose title track and follow-up single, "This Could Be the Night," led to the album's double-platinum status) and 1987's gold-certified Wildside. Loverboy embarked on several successful Canadian and American tours and released several hit albums throughout the 1990s (including 1998's gold-certified Loverboy Classics,) and their first live album, Love, Loud and Loose, was released in 2001. The band continues to tour extensively.
Winger
Winger
WINGER reunited after more than a decade in 2006 for the release of the successful comeback album entitled IV a record that pushed the boundaries of the WINGER classic sound to new heights. Dealing with the concept of the military life and what it was like to be a soldier, from a soldier's perspective, leaving politics at the door. "After Winger IV we toured the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan and made a live record" says Kip Winger. "When the chance came up to do a new Winger record, I envisioned a upbeat totally rocking record that was a cross between the 1st Winger album and Pull. So, Reb and I sat down and wrote all the music in a month or so. I worked for 6 months to finish it in the classic Winger style".

The result is an amazing new record where the four band members: Kip Winger (bass and vocals), Reb Beach (guitars now also in Whitesnake), Rod Morgenstein and John Roth shine with an incredible instrumental and vocal prowess at the service of superb Hard Rock songs, but with an uncanny sense of melody. The title "Karma" represents Winger completing its full musical circle as Kip explains, "We were discussing the very interesting path the band has had and we have all been through so much together. So we went for "Karma" as this is a word that truly sums up the experience of being in the band".
Faster Pussycat
Faster Pussycat
"Sleazy Hollywood metal band Faster Pussycat (whose name was lifted from a Russ Meyer flick) released their first album in 1987 and peaked commercially two years later with the gold album Wake Me When It's Over and the Top 40 single "House of Pain." Although their next album, 1992's Whipped, hit number 90 on the charts, it fell off quickly; with the alternative rock explosion, the hard rock audience had changed and had no patience for Faster Pussycat's trashy glam metal. After the group's split, singer Taime Downe formed the industrial-goth outfit the Newlydeads (along with a former member of another former L.A. glam pop outfit, Bang Tango's Kyle Kyle), issuing three albums -- 1997's self-titled debut, 1999's remix collection Re-Bound, and 2001's Dead End. With America experiencing a resurging interest in '80s glam pop by the early 21st century, Faster Pussycat reunited for a tour. But instead of an album of all new material coinciding with the tour, a collection of old tracks remade as techno remixes was issued, entitled Between the Valley of the Ultra Pussy (Downe was the only member of the band to have any input with the project). The band's first ever live release, Front Row for the Donkey Show, arrived in 2009." - John Book, AllMusicGuide
Dangerous Toys
WILLIAM JASON MCMASTER - born 3/18/1965 in Corpus Christi, Texas


Jason is a fan of all music. He found his way around the music world on his family's record collections, and seemed to grow towards Elton John, Kiss, Queen and any over the top styles. Certain things seemingly found their way into his personal collection of music. The birth of punk and early heavy metal was making its way into pop culture around the time Jason was a young teen, learning songs by lifting and dropping of the needle into the grooves of his fave records after school and weekends.
Growing up with three brothers who all loved music, influences abound throughout the household.
Jason started on his music career armed with his brothers 3/4 size acoustic guitar and a Kay brand bass guitar bought by mother and oldest brother. Playing early shows in backyards and veteran halls, he was only immulating his idols and what he loved about them on the records, as well as pictures in Circus and Hit Parader. Little did he or anyone in his family know, he would be in the pages of those magazines a decade later.

1978-79-first band called RAMPAGE, as bassist.

1980 moved to Austin, TX to play music. ("I feel like my musical life didn't even start until that moment").
1981 started band, FALLEN ANGEL-bass/vocals .entering the already budding Austin music scene playing covers, still only 17/18 years old.



1980 moved to Austin, TX to play music. ("I feel like my musical life didn't even start until that moment").
1981 started band, FALLEN ANGEL-bass/vocals .entering the already budding Austin music scene playing covers, still only 17/18 years old.

1982 joined WATCH TOWER, and cut his teeth as a front man for what would grow to be massively influential on some of the biggest names in rock music,("technical thrash metal" long before genre specific names such as math metal or progressive metal )- the band opened for most of the band that went on to make successful gold and platinum careers in the genre of heavy metal, some of those are SLAYER, ANTHRAX,TROUBLE, KING DIAMOND and more...

Bands that cite WATCH TOWER as an influence publicly-DREAM THEATER, CYNIC, DEATH.... Watch Tower continues to be legendary in being publicly proclaimed by press and historians in the genre of metal/rock, as "Pioneers of progressive thrash metal".

1985- Watch Tower releases debut-Energetic Disassembly.(Jason Vocals)

1988- At age 23/24...McMaster leaves Watch Tower -and joined cock rock/hard rock, glam rock band, DANGEROUS TOYS, as front man/song writer. Signed to CBS in 1988 (was a year later bought by Sony music) Columbia records. Two number one MTV videos in 1989 from debut self titled release May 9, 1989 - Dangerous Toys has two gold sales awards on Columbia Records. (Self titled 1989 and 'Hellacious Acres 1991)

Dangerous toys toured with rock icons The Cult, L.A. Guns, Warrant, and Kix as well as Motorhead, Judas Priest, Metal Church, and Alice Cooper on a Sony music summer tour(Operation Rock N Roll) upon the release of the bands sophomore release, Hellacious Acres.

Dangerous Toys rides out a successful touring career, but opts out of SONY deal by 1992, for a smaller DIY Independent recording deal with Antones/DMZ label by 1993 through 1996 in hometown Austin. The band released two more studio recordings,1994-"Pissed", and 1995 "The R-tist $-merly Known as Dangerous Toys", both were re-issued in 1999, as well as a collection of live recordings, "Vitamins and Crashhelmets Tour-Greatest Hits Live" on Deadline/Cleopatra Records, worldwide.

The 1999 live record included 7 tracks taken from Westwood One's "King Biscuit Flower Hour", taken from a concert recorded the Orpheum theater in Oct.1989.

1997 Jason joins San Antonio based, The UNION UNDERGROUND, as bass guitarist for a two year stint

The same year, McMaster joins Austin industrial metal band, TERMINAL 46, on guitar, for a two year stint.

By the end of 1998, McMaster joins forces with a new act, GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY, as bassist/front man-lead singer/songwriter. in order to write and record with GMC, Jason leaves both T-46 and U/U.

GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY- records 17 songs for two records worth of material, and between 1999 and 2003, becomes a favorite among heavy metal collectors of unreleased demos, etc, underground label executives, and press pundits, as '"the next big thing". described by some publicly in press as "Sci-Fi- Metallica".

1998- March of that year... Jason Is inducted into the "Texas Music Hall of Fame" at the Austin Chronicle's 1998 "Austin Music Awards".

1999 WATCH TOWER reunites to record a cover song for a tribute to the popular German metal band ACCEPT, for a tribute CD for Nuclear Blast Records (Germany)

2000 Watchtower is asked to play the popular German metal festival, Bang Your head, in Balingen, summer of 2000, with the Scorpions, Saxon, and UDO ( former lead vocalist for ACCEPT) and many other European metal bands that were early influences of Watch Tower.

1999- Jason forms BROKEN TEETH, with the release of a studio project produced by Perris Records, soon becomes a full fledged band/ live act. Broken Teeth now has successfully toured the US doing easily over 1000 shows since 2003, with 5 worldwide full length releases, as well as two DVD concert videos.

2001- McMaster is ordained. Non-Denominational. (Nicknamed, "Pastor McMaster from the Church of Disaster" by fellow band mate, Scott Dalhover- Dangerous Toys)

2002- McMaster has his own show on "The Austin Music Network"- THE HARD SHOW- where he made home playing all rock and metal/punk videos for Austin cable channel 15.

2004- Watch Tower is invited to headline the "Headway festival" in Amstelveen Holland. Show held at P-60 in Amstelveen near Amsterdam in summer 2004.

2005 McMaster is called by long time friend and drummer for the progressive rock group Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy, to be the vocalist for a Tribute to Canadian band, RUSH, for a one night only performance at the Vic Theater in downtown Chicago, Il.- the show was recorded live and on film, and is available on DVD and CD at www.mikeportnoy.com.

Other musicians included in the project were guitarist/virtuoso - Paul Gilbert (RacerX and Mr. Big), and Sean Malone on bass (Jazz theory instructor at the University of Florida, and bassist for progressive metal group, Cynic)

2007 Jason is Hired as premiere Vocal Instructor at the "School of Rock" Austin chapter, a corporate music school for kids focusing on rock, punk, glam, and heavy metal. (The School of Rock works with the community to help build confidence and social skills among young people through rock music, with 50 schools nationwide).

2008 McMaster joins gothic power metal band IGNITOR as front man and releases "The Spider Queen" on Heavy Artillery records in the USA and Canada, and on Cruz Del Sur records in Europe and other territories. IGNITOR is recording a second effort with Jason fronting with a working title of "Shadow of the Needle". set for release in 2011.

2010- New Broken Teeth-"Viva la Rock, Fantastico" is released. Perris Records, Worldwide.
-New Ignitor- the Spider Queen is released.

2010- New Dangerous Toys- "XX" -20th Year Anniversary Celebration- DVD is released on MVD, Worldwide.

2010-McMaster is honored a star and is inducted into the "South Texas Music Walk of Fame", in hometwon Corpus Christi,Tx.
-Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Concert is set for June 3, 2011.

2011- EVIL UNITED. Release Self Tiled full lenmght on MVD Worldwide
2013- Ignitor Releases "Mixtape '85", A 70's and 80's Thrash and Classic Metal covers album
2013 Broken Teeth and Evil United release singles for Pre Full Length Downloads.
Broken Teeth-Devil on the Road and Flamethrower...Evil United- Viking Funeral

-Throughout his career, Jason has contributed to many Tribute CD's and Video Cameos, by many artists, as well as featured singer/back up singer, percussionist, bassist, too numerous to mention. (Including some of the biggest names in rock in some of these collaborations.) Some include members of Skidrow, Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart band), George Lynch (Dokken), etc…
Station
Station
New York City's STATION is keeping rock and roll alive. A high voltage stage show with electrifying melodies makes STATION an unforgettable experience. Sharing the stage with numerous rock greats (Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Pat Benatar, .38 Special, Survivor, Dio Disciples and many more), STATION has been making noise in the rock circuit since 2011. Their debut EP, "Wired", gained them international recognition and rave reviews from publications such as Rock Report, Sleaze Roxx and Classic Rock AOR (where they were featured on the covermount CD). Produced by the legendary Michael Wagener (Metallica, Motley Crue, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper), Wired put them on the national rock scene sending them to festivals like Rocklahoma and Musikfest as 100% independent artists. Beyond opening the door for national touring, Wired also allowed them to record their first full length LP, "Station." "Station" was released in April 2015 and was met rave reviews reaching #12 on the CMJ Metal Radio Charts. Since the album's release, the band has released 3 music videos (with several more on the way) and traveled farther across the US than they ever had previous. 2016 will see extensive touring and promotion for the album as they gear up to record a follow-up for release in 2017.
Venue Information:
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
http://www.merriweathermusic.com/