By Jim Johnson

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:


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