In the minds of many, the 1980s will forever be remembered as a decade characterized by innovation, overindulgence, and transcendent music. While some of the Sunset Strip faithful have since moved on from the days of big hair and excess, preserving the essence of their decade, the 80s hard rock genre has enjoyed a staying power unique to its era.
By the time he received the inevitable phone call in May, Bob Paré was prepared to put everything on hold for an opportunity of a lifetime. The veteran guitarist had been hand-picked to become the newest member of Maryland’s treasured Hard Rock act, KIX.
Though heavily influenced by Southern Rock heavyweights ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Allman Brothers as a budding guitarist, Brian Forsythe would tap into his musical prowess over the years, most notably with Maryland-based Hard Rock band Kix.