Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)
Horseshoe Southern, IN
Marion Palace Theatre
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While new to KANSAS’s on stage lineup, Rizvi is not new to working with the band. His relationship with KANSAS goes back almost 20 years when his band 4front opened for KANSAS. Zak went on to work alongside producer Jeff Glixman on various KANSAS projects...
The band KANSAS is excited to announce the addition of guitarist Zak Rizvi as its newest member.
While new to KANSAS’s on stage lineup, Rizvi is not new to working with the band. His relationship with KANSAS goes back almost 20 years when his band 4front opened for KANSAS. Zak went on to work alongside producer Jeff Glixman on various KANSAS projects, including “There’s Know Place Like Home,” as well as the Native Window album, a project of KANSAS’s Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, David Ragsdale, and Richard Williams. This led to KANSAS asking Rizvi to co-produce the band’s upcoming album, “The Prelude Implicit.”
“Zak goes back a long way with the band, to a time when he relentlessly chased me down via fax machine to pitch song ideas,” explains KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart. “As we were all working together on the new album, it was obvious to us that he was a natural fit for KANSAS. Richard and I turned to each other and questioned, ‘Why isn’t he in this band?’ After discussing it with the other guys, Zak and I took a walk together in the studio parking lot, and I invited him to join. Zak accepted. He’s a good friend, an incredible person, guitarist, and songwriter, and we are happy to have him aboard.”
“I’m really thankful and excited for this opportunity,” commented Rizvi. “Having a long history of working with the band and Jeff Glixman, I really look forward to adding to the legacy of the band. KANSAS has a very high musical standard, and as member of the band, I plan to maintain that standard for the band and the fans.”
Guitarist Richard Williams adds, “It’s been a very long time since the band has had two full time guitarists. It’s really exciting to get back to that and what Zak will add to the live sound. He’s a very talented guitarist, and what he contributed to “The Prelude Implicit” is nothing short of remarkable.”
Rizvi’s first performance with KANSAS will be May 12 in Bowling Green, KY.
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America’s preeminent progressive rock band KANSAS will be touring select cities
this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Leftoverture.’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ROCK BAND KANSAS TO LAUNCH TOUR IN CELEBRATION OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM ‘LEFTOVERTURE’
SEXTUPLE PLATINUM ALBUM TO BE PERFORMED IN ITS ENTIRETY
America’s preeminent progressive rock band KANSAS will be touring select cities this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Leftoverture.’ To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their soon to be released album, ‘The Prelude Implicit.”
In 1976, KANSAS released the album ‘Leftoverture.’ Containing the smash hit, and million-selling single “Carry On Wayward Son,” along with fan favorites such as “The Wall,” “Miracles Out Of Nowhere,” and “What’s On My Mind,” ‘Leftoverture,’ became the band’s breakthrough album. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status for more than 6 million copies sold.
“These definitely will not be your typical KANSAS concerts of the past few years,” commented original KANSAS guitarist Richard Williams. “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!”
The tour will also debut performances of songs from the band’s latest studio release ‘The Prelude Implicit.’ The new album, scheduled for release in September 2016 is the band’s 15th studio album and first new album since 2000.
KANSAS Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt added, “This is going to be really special for both the band and our fans. It has been really wild recording ‘The Prelude Implicit.’ We are anxious to perform some of the songs for live audiences. To be able to do that while also be performing ‘Leftoverture’ in its entirety, and more; this is going to be a blast! Who knows, we may even have some more twists added in!”
Tickets & KANSAS VIP Packages for most dates go on sale to the general public Friday, April 22, 2016. More ticket information can be found at www.kansasband.com.
Confirmed 40th ANNIVERSARY LEFTOVERTURE TOUR; dates and venues*:
*More dates to be added
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J.R. Rees – KANSAS Management Office
Tiffany Awtry – APA Nashville
Jeff Wagner – Inside/Out Music
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, KANSAS Lead Vocalist, and Chicago native, Ronnie Platt visited the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field where the special guest of the Chicago Cubs.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, KANSAS Lead Vocalist, and Chicago native, Ronnie Platt visited the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field where the special guest of the Chicago Cubs. While there he performed the “Wrigley Trifecta” of throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” and leading the audience in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th-Inning Stretch.
Before the game, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon took some time to say, “Hello,” and introduce himself to Ronnie.
Here’s video of Ronnie’s 7th-Inning Stretch performance courtesy of Major League Baseball.Your browser does not support iframes.
Photos Courtesy of Kaitlyn August, Chicago Cubs.
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