In hair metal’s halcyon days, Maryland’s Kix were always way more AC/DC than Aquanet.
Beginning in the early ’80s, the band brought some much needed grit to glam rock, their bluesy, brick-heavy riffs and frontman Steve Whiteman’s hot-and-bothered howl serving as the dirt beneath the scene’s painted fingernails.
After slogging it out for nearly a decade, Kix broke through commercially with 1988’s platinum “Blow My Fuse,” but then came grunge and there their fortunes went.
Last year, the band came back with its first new record in nearly two decades, the aptly titled “Rock Your Face Off.”
So, you know, bring a spare face when the band hits town this weekend.
Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0476. Follow on Twitter @JasonBracelin.
Kix, with Vixen
8:30 p.m. Jan. 17
Eastside Events Center, Eastside Cannery, 5255 Boulder Highway