Kansas – 2014 Concert Schedule
Celebrating 40 successful years together, the legendary progressive rock band
Kansas is set to grace stages across the United States for their 2014 tour. Known for their hit songs "Dust In The Wind" and
"Carry On Wayward Son," Kansas has remained a favorite among fans of rock music for decades. With eight gold albums and three
six-times platinum albums, Kansas is not a band to be missed. After 40 years, Kansas is still bringing good old-fashioned
American rock music to their fans. To see all that this iconic rock band has to offer, be sure to get your Kansas concert
tickets today at StubHub.
Hailing from their hometown of Topeka, the band members of Kansas
formed their group in the early 70s, and were initially the result of two bands coming together, which were White Clover and
Kansas. In 1970, band members Dave Hope, Phil Ehart, and Kerry Livgren began playing together as a progressive rock band,
along with Lynn Meredith, Joel Warne, Don Montre, Dan Wright, and Larry Baker. Prior to that, Lynn Meredith, Don Montre, Dan
Wright, and Kerry Livgren were in a band together, and started playing with Scott Kessler and Zeke Lowe on drums. This group
is sometimes known as "Kansas I" to fans, and lasted until about 1971, when some of the members left to reform White Clover.
the lineup changed a few times, the band was official by 1974 when they were signed by Don Kirshner and recorded their first
album together as Kansas. The official first lineup included drummer Phil Ehart, Dave Hope on bass, violinist and vocalist
Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh on keyboard and vocals, and guitarists Rich Williams and Kerry Livgren.
great success throughout the 70s, but their lineup once again changed starting in the early 80s. Creative differences arose
after Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope began focusing on their new-found faith in Christianity. Steve Walsh left the band and was
replaced by vocalist/keyboardist John Elefante. Kansas' 1982 album Vinyl Confessions followed, which generated interested
in a new audience due to many of their Christianity-based lyrics, but failed to produce the success enjoyed by earlier albums.
For various reasons, Violinist Robby Steinhardt left the band after their Vinyl Confessions tour.
The lineup continued
to shift throughout the 80s and 90s, and now consists of Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, Dave Ragsdale, Steve Walsh, and Richard
Kansas' Breakthrough Album
Since the group's formation, Kansas has produced eight gold albums
and three six-times platinum albums, and a platinum live album. Their self-titled debut album garnered a strong following
in 1974, with Steinhardt's violin serving as the group's distinctive sound. But in 1976, it was their fourth album Leftoverturethat
really put them on the map.
Best known for producing the hit song, "Carry On Wayward Son," Leftoverture catapulted Kansas
to success and cemented their place in rock and roll's history. Their follow-up album Point of Know Return was released in
1977, and also featured their hit title track and "Dust In The Wind." The success of these albums allowed them to play to
sold-out stadiums all over the world during the 70s and 80s. Kansas' music has survived throughout the years, as "Carry On
Wayward Son" was the #2 most-played song on classic rock radio stations in 1995, and went on to take the #1 spot in 1997,
decades after its release. Kansas remains a popular classic rock band, and has inspired a number of covers of their most popular
Did you know Kansas opened for The Doors' infamous last show at The Warehouse
in New Orleans?
An early incarnation of Kansas played as the opening act for the Doors' last concert, after which Jim
Morrison left to France where he later died. When the band heard they had the opportunity to open for the Doors, they were
ecstatic, being huge fans of the Doors. During the Doors' set, Morrison and the band waved at Kansas, who were now offstage,
and invited them to come back onstage and play with them during "Light My Fire." Kansas' saxophone player, Larry Baker, and
their flutist, Don Montre went on to jam with the Doors, much to the thrill of the other band members of Kansas.
Currently comprised of Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, Dave Ragsdale, Steve Walsh, and Richard Williams, Kansas'
unique mix of keyboards, guitars, vocals, and violin is a multi-faceted rock concert experience like no other. Spanning over
four decades, the band offers countless songs for their fans to enjoy in person, producing that full Kansas sound that loyal
fans know and love. Since their formation, Kansas has always prided themselves on playing only their own original material,
and it certainly shows, as concert goers are treated to an unforgettable concert experience. Be sure to get your Kansas concert
tickets at StubHub today, to experience one of the greatest rock bands from the 70s.