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Black Sabbath (music group)

Baltimore's hard-rock heroes play the hits while considering a new album

In 1995, Kix decided they'd had a good run. After forming as the Shooze in Frederick, Md., in the late '70s, ruling Baltimore's hard-rock scene throughout the '80s, and eventually scoring Top 40 hit "Don't Close Your Eyes," frontman Steve Whiteman recalls thinking that the band had simply run its course. "When we decided that it was time to call it quits, the music business had just changed drastically," he says. "We went from playing large clubs in front of thousands of people to small clubs-we called them 'french-fry stands'-and our money was dropping terribly. So we just looked at each other one day and said, 'It's...