Look for Kansas to perform at Soundboard inside Motor City Casino October 28th.
Meanwhile, 2016 is shaping up to be Kansas‘ year with the release of The Prelude Implicit on September 23rd — marking the band’s fist all new studio set since 2000’s Somewhere To Elsewhere. On top of that, Kansas will perform its 1976 Lefotverture album in its entirety on all tour dates between September 30th and December 1st. The current lineup of Kansas is led by co-founders Phil Ehart and Richard Williams.
Guitarist Richard Williams spoke about the upcoming dates, explaining, “These definitely will not be your typical Kansas concerts of the past few years. This is incredibly exciting for the entire band, and hopefully our fans. It’s something we’ve never done before, play an album in its entirety, as part of a set. Leftoverture was our breakthrough, and it’s special that we are getting to celebrate it 40 years later. We’ve never even played ‘Questions Of My Childhood’ live before. I can’t wait!”
- Drummer Phil Ehart recalled to us when he and Kansas first realized that Leftoverture just might be the band’s big break: “When we heard ‘. . . Wayward Son,’ once it was finished and listened back to, we all kinda looked at each other and went, ‘Y’know, this could be something very special. This could possibly do something no other song has done.’ Of course, as soon as it got out there, it just exploded. So, we had a little bit of a feeling, but there was no slam dunks with Kansas, ever. There never has been. We did feel very strongly (laughs) about ‘Dust In The Wind’; we thought, ‘That should do well on the radio’ — and of course, it did.”
- Kansas tour dates (subject to change):
August 20 – Imperial, NE – Chase County Fairgrounds
August 22, 23 – Saint Cloud, MN – Paramount Theatre
August 24 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater
August 26 – Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
August 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheatre
August 28 – Billings, MT – Alberta Bair Theater
September 1 – Victoria, TX – Fine Arts Auditorium
September 2 – San Antonio, TX – H-E-B Performance Hall At The Tobin Center
September 4 – Darlington, SC – Darlington Raceway
September 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
October 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theater
October 5 – Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College Humanities & Fine Arts Center
October 7 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Center
October 8 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
October 15 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
October 21 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
October 22 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
October 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
October 28 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel
October 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
November 11 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
November 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
November 4 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
November 6 – Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo State Theatre
November 11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center For The Performing Arts
November 18 – New Bedford, MA – Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
November 19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
November 25 – Baltimore, MD – Modell Performing Arts Center At The Lyric
November 26 – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
December 1 – Daytona Beach, FL – Peabody Auditorium
February 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 – Tampa, FL – Cruise To The Edge on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance Of The Seas
- Kansas‘ current lineup features new frontman and keyboardist Ronnie Platt who replaced Steve Walsh, who retired from the band in 2014 after 41 years of service. Kansas still includes legendary members Richard Williams on guitar, Phil Ehart on drums, Billy Greer on bass, and violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale.
- Guitarist Richard Williams and drummer Phil Ehart are the only two members of Kansas that have appeared on every album.
- Leftoverture, which was released in October 1976, hit Number Five on the Billboard 200 album charts, and featured Kansas’ instant classic, “Carry On My Wayward Son,” which peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
CHECK IT OUT: The 2016 teaser for Kansas’ Prelude Implicit: