by Gargs Allard

The M3 Rock Festival, replete with three days of bands from the Ghost of Music Past, some even with some of their original members, commences today at The Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD., with doors opening for the first day of a three-day weekend extravaganza at 3:30 pm.

Kix, which formed in Hagerstown, MD in 1977, headlines today’s show with their current lineup, led by lead vocalist Steve Whitman and guitarists and founding members Brian “Damage” Forsythe and Ronnie “10/10” Younkins.

The band enjoyed initial success in 1985 with the album Midnight Dynamite, which hit # 60 in the US Top 200 Chart, including two singles in the top 40: “Midnight Dynamite” (#18) and “Cold Shower” (#23).

In 1988, their follow-up LP, Blow My Fuse, hit platinum status and the band achieved national and international fame.

Among a number of popular songs from that album, the anti-suicide anthem “Don’t Close your Eyes,” hit #11 on The Billboard Hot 100.

Friday’s show will also feature Canadian rockers Loverboy, along with Winger, Faster Pussycat, Dangerous Toys, Baton Rouge, Station, and a special acoustic performance from the one and only Lita Ford.

Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” from their second album Get Lucky was named the #100 top song of the ’80s by VH1.

The band already had a hit from their debut album in 1980 with “Turn Me Loose.”

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