Why Donnie Purnell Wasn't Part of Kix Reunion

10/08/2012
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(Classic Rock) Kix frontman Steve Whiteman has explained why bassist Donnie Purnell was never asked to take part in the band's reunion and insists the fans don't miss him.

The American rockers, who enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1980s, got back together in 2003 with Mark Shenker on bass instead of Purnell. And nearly a decade on, the singer says the band had no intention of ever letting the founding member rejoin.

"When Kix disbanded in 1996 I started a band called Funny Money. I was given a vehicle where I could write my own material, which was hard to do in Kix because Donnie controlled everything in that band," Whiteman tells Sleaze Roxx. "There was a song Donnie and I had written that I wanted to release. I called him up so he wouldn't be blindsided by it and he tore into me. He called me every name in the book. He accused me of using his name and his talent and said I was taking the song from him. It was the most unpleasant and nasty conversion I've ever had in my life."

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Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission.

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