Konstantin Kinchev

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Konstantin Kinchev
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Background information
Birth name Konstantin Evgenievich Panfilov
Born (1958-12-25) December 25, 1958 (age 55)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Genres Rock, Hard Rock
Occupations Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Singer
Years active 1974 – present
Associated acts Alisa

Konstantin Kinchev (Panfiloff) (Russian: Константин Кинчев(Панфилов)) (born December 25, 1958) is a Russian rock singer, musician, frontman and the main songwriter for the Russian rock/hard rock band Alisa.[1][2]

Born Konstantin Evgenievich Panfilov in Moscow, Soviet Union, he took his grandfather's surname for his stage name Kostya Kinchev. When Kinchev was a 15-year-old teenager, he heard heavy metal band Black Sabbath for the first time in his life. After that he decided to collect musical albums of hard rock bands of that time. In mid 1970s, before joining Alisa he played in some local Moscow-based bands. In 1984 Kinchev made a decision to leave Moscow and move to Leningrad, where he was offered to become Alisa's vocalist.

The band's lineup was finally completed in December 1984, when new vocalist Kostya Kinchev and guitarist Petr Samoylov joined. Their debut album Energia was released by state publishing monopoly Melodiya and sold more than a million copies.

In 1987, the newspaper Smena accused Alisa's leader Kinchev of Nazi propaganda and worshipping Hitler. Kinchev filed a suit for calumny and moral loss compensation. After the year-long court process the magazine published a refutation. Alisa's next album was titled Article 206 part 2, a chapter ("Hooliganism") of the Soviet Union Procedural Code, alluding to this process.

Kinchev was baptised in 1990, and since then Christianity has been the main influence on his alignment and his lyrics. Since the late 1990s his lyrics mainly dealt with Christianity, Russian patriotism, and Slavic unity. Kinchev has good relations with the priests of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kinchev's fairly conservative religious-patriotic shift was viewed unfavourably by some old fans that liked Alisa for their original "rock" message.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orthodox T-Shirt Challenged as Extremist". Moscow Times. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2011. "...is popular among nationalists and Orthodox Christian activists, including the front man of the popular rock band Alisa, Konstantin Kinchev..." 
  2. ^ Nemtsova, Anna (11 September 2006). "A Russian Woodstock". Newsweek. Retrieved 2 March 2011.