Kansas is Rocking this Fall
The legendary band “Kansas” is performing a live tour to mark 40 years since the release of their hit album “Point of Know Return” in 1977. The tour debuted at the end of September, includes coming stops in locations like Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Columbia and will wrap up on 15th of December with a show at Fort Lauderdale. You can find the full list of the dates and venues at the end of the article.
The tour’s playlist features tracks of that album, alongside other hits and fans’ favorite songs. In 1977, the album “Point of Know Return” reached #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, it sold in more than 6 million copies and spawned 3 hits that made it to Billboard Hot 100 hits. The most famous of these hits remain to date the anthem “Carry On Wayward Son” and the acoustic ballad “Dust in the Wind”, whose opening guitar score was “discovered” accidentally by guitarist Kerry Livgren while he was practicing finger-picking.
The tour that celebrates the 40th anniversary of “Point of Know Return” album follows the anniversary tour for “Leftoverture” album and both tours are, as guitarist Rich Williams stated in a press release, a great opportunity to celebrate music with the band’s fans.
After the lead singer Steve Walsh retired from the band, he was replaced by Ronnie Platt, who already had the experience of being the frontman in the “Leftoverture” anniversary tour.
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Kansas has a career of more than 4 decades, in which has established the reputation of one of the most iconic rock bands of the U.S. Its discography includes 15 studio albums and 5 live albums, which sold in more than 30 million copies worldwide. The band’s musical performance has been rewarded with multiple gold and platinum certifications, with more than 200 weeks presence in the Billboard charts in the ‘70s and ‘80s and with impressive number of fans on stadiums, not only in the U.S., but also in Japan and Europe. The band’s biggest hits are “Carry On Wayward Son”, which is one of the top 5 most played songs by the classic rock radio stations and “Dust in the Wind”, aired by radio stations for more than 3 million times. Both songs are also one million-selling gold singles.
The band was founded in 1974 by David Hope – bass, Steve Walsh – keyboards, vocals and Phil Ehart – drums, percussion, after the three musicians changed the name of their initial band, “White Clover” into “Kansas”. They were joined by Kerry Livgren – vocals, guitar, Robert Steinhardt – strings, vocals, violin and by Richard Williams – guitars. The band had a style influenced by the British bands famous in that era, such as “Genesis” and “Yes”, something the fans could sense by listening the lyrics composed by the initial songwriter, Steve Walsh. Discovered by Wally Gold, the band released its debut album in 1974, followed by two gold certified albums, which provided a high profile in the U.S.A musical landscape of that time. In 1977, the members decided to try a more commercial approach of their music and that led to the release of the “Point of Know Return” album. “Dust In The Wind” ballad reached Top 10 in the US. It also brought the band the title of “Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill”, a title granted by UNICEF during a ceremony organized on 27th of June 1978 at “Madison Square Gardens” in New York.
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At the beginning of 1980s, unsatisfied with the growing commercial trend of their music, Steve Walsh left the band and released a solo album featuring some of his former band mates. His place was taken by John Elefante on vocals and keyboards, who brought his contribution to the band also by writing four of the songs featured on “Vinyl Confessions” album. After two unsuccessful albums, the band split in 1983. In 1986 Walsh, Williams and Ehart reunited and were joined by guitarist Steve Morse and bassist Billy Greer. This line-up released “Power”, which was well-received by the public, even if it featured a heavier sound than the “classic” Kansas sound. The following album however, was less successful.
The next remarkable move of the group came in 1998: “Always Never the Same” was an orchestral album recorded at “Abbey Road Studios” with the “London Symphony Orchestra”. It was followed by an orchestral tour in which the band was accompanied by top performing symphony orchestras. 2 years later, in 2000, Kansas recorded the 10 new songs album “Somewhere to Elsewhere”, the first studio album to feature all the original 6 members in 20 years. The band’s 2002-2003 tour was backed up by the “Device-Voice-Drum” DVD, which used the latest technology of audio, visual and film design.
A one CD-one DVD album was released in 2006 and featured excerpts from home videos, live and studio albums that the band had worked on between 1992 and 2002.
2009 marked the 35th anniversary of the band, which brought fans a symphonic concert in Kansas’ hometown, Topeka. The band was accompanied by the “Washburn University Symphony Orchestra” and that performance was captured by the DVD “There’s Know Place Like Home”. The anniversary show was the starting point for the “Collegiate Symphony Tour”, performed between 2010 and 2012. The tour had an educational element, as it was intended to raise funds and increase awareness for collegiate music programs. To reflect that element better, the band performed alongside various university and college symphonies. One good cause led to another and this is how “Kansas”, in collaboration with the U.S. Army, organized the “Carry On” Concert which honored the veterans. This moving performance was held on 11th of November 2011 – the “Veteran’s Day”, in Washington D.C.
In 2015, in recognition for its artistic achievements, the band was inducted in the “Kansas Hall of Fame” and “Georgia Music Hall of Fame”. One year later, in 2016, the band members released the 15th studio album called “The Prelude Implicit”, which was their first album in 16 years. After the anniversary tour for “Leftoverture” album, the band has embarked in the “Point of Know Return” anniversary tour, performing live in front of huge audiences all over the world.
The current line-up of the band, comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, original guitarist Richard Williams, Ronnie Platt – vocals/keyboard, David Ragsdale – violin, guitar, Billy Greer – bass, vocals, Zak Rizvi – guitar and David Manion – keyboard promises to deliver an unforgettable experience to all their fans, so if you want to enjoy it, get your tickets from sites like SeatGeek and others.
See below the full list of coming dates and venues of Kansas “Point of Know Return” anniversary tour.
November 2 – The Tobin Center for Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX
November 3 – Majestic Theater, Dallas, TX
November 9 – Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
November 10 – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
November 16 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY
November 17 – Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
November 23 – The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, PA
November 23 – Modell PAC at the Lyric, Baltimore, MD
November 30 – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC
December 1 – The Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
December 6 – Saenger Theatre, Mobile, AL
December 8 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
December 14 – Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, FL
December 15 – Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL