ROCK BAND KANSAS ANNOUNCES FINAL U.S. LEG OF POINT OF KNOW RETURN ANNIVERSARY TOUR

SEXTUPLE-PLATINUM ALBUM PERFORMED IN ITS ENTIRETY

Nashville, TN – October 4, 2021 – America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be wrapping-up their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour in the United States with one final leg during the winter and spring of 2022. Originally launched as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour showcases classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, fan favorites, and will include selections from the band’s latest studio album The Absence of Presence. Tickets and KANSAS Premium Seat & Merchandise Packages for most newly announced Point of Know Return tour dates go on sale Friday, October 8, 2021. Point of Know Return dates rescheduled from 2020 are already on sale. Ticket information can be found at www.kansasband.com.

The KANSAS: Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour premiered September 28, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Earlier legs of the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour have been commemorated with the live album release Point of Know Return Live & Beyond. The live album was released May 28, 2021 by Inside Out Music. Point of Know Return Live & Beyond is available here: https://kansas.lnk.to/PointofKnowReturn-LiveBeyond.

In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling studio album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.

“We were in the final legs of the latest Point of Know Return Tour in the United States and Europe when COVID halted touring around the world,” commented KANSAS drummer and original member Phil Ehart. “With so many Point of Know Return dates needing to be rescheduled from 2020 into 2021 and 2022, it made sense to extend the tour into more cities in the United States during that time period. When it is all said and done, this tour will have spanned nearly 150 dates and a live album. Next, we look toward KANSAS’s 50th Anniversary!”

Throughout the tour, live shows not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS also performs classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. In some cases, the band even puts a new spin on a KANSAS classic. The tour will also include select songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 2020 studio album The Absence of Presence. The KANSAS musical event has songs for every type of KANSAS fan.

KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams. Originally formed in 1973 in Topeka, KS, the band’s documentary film KANSAS: Miracles Out of Nowhere is currently being broadcast on AXSTV. KANSAS has released 16 studio albums, including its most recent releases The Prelude Implicit (2016) and The Absence of Presence (2020). With no signs of slowing down, KANSAS continues to ‘carry on;’ performing in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.

KANSAS POINT OF KNOW RETURN ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
November 13, 2021 Cedar Rapids, IA Paramount Theatre
November 18, 2021 Newark, OH Midland Theatre
November 19, 2021 Marietta, OH Peoples Bank Theatre
November 20, 2021 Marietta, OH Peoples Bank Theatre
December 3, 2021 Elkhart, IN The Lerner Theatre
December 4, 2021 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
December 10, 2021 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
December 11, 2021 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
December 16, 2021 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center
December 18, 2021 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
December 19, 2021 Tysons, VA Capital One Hall
January 7, 2022 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre
January 8, 2022 Montgomery, AL The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
January 14, 2022 Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
January 15, 2022 Fayetteville, NC Crown Theater
January 21, 2022 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theater
January 28, 2022 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
January 30, 2022 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center – Steinmetz Hall
February 3, 2022 Evansville, IN Victory Theatre
February 5, 2022 Ashland, KY Paramount Arts Center
February 9, 2022 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre
February 11, 2022 Lubbock, TX The Buddy Holly Hall
February 12, 2022 Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
February 16, 2022 Beaumont, TX Jefferson Theatre
February 17, 2022 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
February 19, 2022 McAllen, TX McAllen Performing Arts Center
February 25, 2022 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Center for the Arts
February 26, 2022 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
March 3, 2022 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square
March 5, 2022 Tiffin, OH The Ritz Theater
March 6, 2022 Saginaw, MI DOW Event Center Theater
March 11, 2022 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 12, 2022 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
March 19, 2022 Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium
March 20, 2022 Athens, GA Classic Center
March 25, 2022 Fort Smith, AR ArcBest Performing Arts Center
March 26, 2022 Jonesboro, AR First National Bank Arena
April 2, 2022 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
April 8, 2022 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Theater
April 9, 2022 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
April 14, 2022 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
April 15, 2022 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Performing Arts Center
April 30, 2022 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center
May 1, 2022 Thousand Oaks, CA Bank of America Performing Arts Center
May 5, 2022 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic
May 8, 2022 Salem, OR Elsinore Theatre
May 10, 2022 Boise, ID Morrison Center
May 12, 2022 Grand Junction, CO The Avalon Theatre
May 14, 2022 Pueblo, CO Pueblo Memorial Hall
May 18, 2022 Manhattan, KS McCain Auditorium
May 20, 2022 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
May 21, 2022 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena

*Tickets go on sale October 15, 2021

KANSAS POINT OF KNOW RETURN ANNIVERSARY EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
October 11, 2022 Amsterdam, Netherlands Royal Theatre Carre
October 12, 2022 Hamburg, Germany Docks
October 14, 2022 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Culture House
October 15, 2022 Tempere, Finland Tamperetalo
October 17, 2022 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
October 18, 2022 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
October 20, 2022 Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
October 22, 2022 Bochum, Germany RuhrCongress
October 23, 2022 Brussels, Belgium Cirque Royale
October 25, 2022 Paris, France L’Olympia Theatre
October 26, 2022 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
October 28, 2022 Frankfurt, Germany arhunderthalle
October 30, 2022 Heilbronn, Germany Harmonie
October 31, 2022 München, Germany Circus Krone
November 3, 2022 London, United Kingdom The London Palladium

The band KANSAS announces that guitarist Zak Rizvi has resigned and that he looks forward to pursuing new projects

The band KANSAS announces that guitarist Zak Rizvi has resigned and that he looks forward to pursuing new projects.

We thank Zak for his many contributions throughout the years and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

KANSAS carries on with original member Phil Ehart on drums, original member Richard Williams on guitar, Billy Greer on bass and vocals, David Ragsdale on violin, guitar and vocals, Ronnie Platt on lead vocals and keyboards, and Tom Brislin on keyboards and vocals.

Kansas Announces Live Concert Album Point of Know Return Live & Beyond to be Released May 28

PREORDER MARCH 26 AT KANSASBAND.COM

MARCH 17th, 2021 – KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album Point of Know Return Live & Beyond on May 28, 2021. This is the first live album since 2017 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind,’ to progressive epics like ‘Song for America.’ The band released a teaser for the live album here https://youtu.be/6s0kt7BfadM.

Fans can preorder starting March 26, by visiting www.kansasband.com.

Point of Know Return Live & Beyond is co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams, and is recorded and mixed by Chad Singer. The album features 22 songs selected from 12 shows recorded in 2019 and 2020 during KANSAS’s Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. The setlist includes classic hits, deep cuts, and culminates with the band’s sextuple-platinum album, Point of Know Return, performed in its entirety.

Following the success of the band’s Leftoverture Anniversary Tour, KANSAS followed that tour up with the even more popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. The overwhelming success of that tour, and the previous live album, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, led the band, along with Inside Out Music, to release selected songs from the tour as a live album.

“We knew we wanted to release a live album of the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. Being unable to tour for more than a year has given us the opportunity to work on Point of Know Return Live & Beyond and release it for our fans who are missing live concerts as much as we are,” said KANSAS drummer and album co-producer, Phil Ehart. “When we discussed who would mix the album, we thought the best possible person would be the guy who mixes the band live every night and recorded the shows on the road. Nobody knows better how KANSAS sounds live than our front of house engineer, Chad Singer!”  

“This live album sounds great,” adds KANSAS guitarist and album co-producer, Richard Williams. “We wanted to make sure this album captures and represents how KANSAS sounds live in concert. Point of Know Return Live & Beyond does just that.”

Along with original KANSAS band members Phil Ehart on drums and Richard Williams on lead guitar, Point of Know Return Live & Beyond, features Tom Brislin on keyboards and vocals, Billy Greer on bass and vocals, Ronnie Platt on lead vocals and keyboards, David Ragsdale on violin and vocals, and Zak Rizvi on guitar and vocals.

Point of Know Return Live & Beyond, will be released May 28, 2021, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, triple 180-gram vinyl + 2 CD box-set, and digitally on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, iTunes, and other fine digital retailers.

Point of Know Return Live & Beyond Track Listing:

  • Cold Grey Morning
  • Two Cents Worth
  • The Wall
  • Song for America
  • Summer
  • Musicatto
  • Taking in the View
  • Miracles Out of Nowhere
  • Point of Know Return
  • Paradox
  • The Spider
  • Portrait (He Knew)
  • Closet Chronicles
  • Lightning’s Hand
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Sparks of the Tempest
  • Nobody’s Home
  • Hopelessly Human
  • Carry On Wayward Son
  • People of the South Wind
  • Refugee
  • Lonely Wind

When touring resumes, KANSAS will continue rescheduled Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour dates as well as KANSAS Classics tour dates. More information on the tour, including specific Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com.

For more information on KANSAS, Point of Know Return Live & Beyond, touring, and the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, please visit:

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The Absence of Presence Soars High on the Billboard Album Charts

#4 CURRENT ROCK ALBUMS

#10 BILLBOARD TOP ALBUMS

#10 TOP CURRENT ALBUMS

#2 UK ROCK ALBUMS

JULY 29, 2020 – ‘The Absence of Presence’, the recently released, new studio album from America’s legendary progressive rock band, KANSAS, made an impressive charting debut on the Billboard album charts. In the US alone, the album currently holds the #4 spot for Current Rock Albums, #5 Internet Albums, #10 Billboard Top Albums, and #10 Top Current Albums. Worldwide, ‘The Absence of Presence’ came in at the top spot for Sweden Rock/Metal Albums Chart, #2 for UK Rock Albums, and #4 Switzerland Albums Chart.

Released to fan and critical acclaim, ‘The Absence of Presence’ is now available to stream and purchase at: https://kansas.lnk.to/TheAbsenceofPresence. The album has been widely praised for its musicianship and dedication to classic KANSAS sound. From Forbes, and Billboard to American Songwriter, critics have called it one of the best albums in the KANSAS catalogue.

Previous to the album’s release, the band released songs and music videos for the singles “Memories Down the Line”, “Jets Overhead”, and “Throwing Mountains”.

Now that ‘The Absence of Presence’ has officially been released, we are excited for fans to finally hear the entire album,” commented lead vocalist Ronnie Platt. “The band is very proud of the album and grateful for KANSAS fans’ support of it. Hopefully it gives fans something to sink their teeth into and enjoy until we can get back out performing concerts.”

Billboard.com first announced the new album during an exclusive interview with KANSAS drummer and “The Absence of Presence” co-producer Phil Ehart: http://bit.ly/KansasBillboardTAoP.

“The Absence of Presence” follows-up 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit,” which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. KANSAS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind’ to the progressive epic ‘Song for America.’

“The Absence of Presence,” released by Inside Out Music, features nine all new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is unmistakable throughout. The album showcases Ronnie Platt’s towering vocals, David Ragsdale’s searing violin, Tom Brislin’s dazzling keyboards, Williams and Rizvi’s electrifying guitar riffs, Ehart’s powerful drums, and Billy Greer’s rocking bass.

The album is available on CD, Double LP 180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe CD + 5.1 Blu-Ray Artbook, and digitally on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and all other streaming services. To stream or purchase, please visit: https://kansas.lnk.to/TheAbsenceofPresence

Kansas Release Long Awaited New Album

‘THE ABSENCE OF PRESENCE’ OUT NOW

STREAM AND PURCHASE TODAY

“The Absence of Presence will be the next album offering from prog rock veterans Kansas, who have been more present than absent in recent years.”

 – Billboard

“Longtime, hardcore fans will roar with approval at the precise musicianship, contemplative lyrics, soaring vocals with tight harmonies, intricate arrangements, memorable riffs, complex changes, and majestic musical passages in the album’s nine songs.”

American Songwriter

JULY 17, 2020KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, has released their long awaited new studio album “The Absence of Presence” today through Inside Out Music. Fans can now purchase and stream the album at https://kansas.lnk.to/TheAbsenceofPresence.

The album is also available at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Independent Record Stores. Find a Walmart near you that is carrying the album at https://kansas-absenceofpresence.webflow.io/

The album has been widely praised for its musicianship and dedication to classic KANSAS sound. From Billboard to American Songwriter, critics have called it one of the best albums in the KANSAS catalogue.

Previous to the album’s release, the band released songs and music videos for the singles “Memories Down the Line”, “Jets Overhead”, and “Throwing Mountains”.

We are really excited for our fans to be able to finally be able to hear ‘The Absence of Presence in full,’” says KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt. “I think people will really be surprised by the album. ‘The Absence of Presence’ shows the band firing on all cylinders.”

Billboard.com first announced the new album during an exclusive interview with KANSAS drummer and “The Absence of Presence” co-producer Phil Ehart: http://bit.ly/KansasBillboardTAoP.

“The Absence of Presence” follows-up 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit,” which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. KANSAS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind’ to the progressive epic ‘Song for America.’

“The Absence of Presence,” released by Inside Out Music, features nine all new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is unmistakable throughout. The album showcases Ronnie Platt’s towering vocals, David Ragsdale’s searing violin, Tom Brislin’s dazzling keyboards, Williams and Rizvi’s electrifying guitar riffs, Ehart’s powerful drums, and Billy Greer’s rocking bass.

The album is available on CD, Double LP 180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe CD + 5.1 Blu-Ray Artbook, and digitally on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and all other streaming services. To stream or purchase, please visit: https://kansas.lnk.to/TheAbsenceofPresence

“The Absence of Presence” Track Listing:

  • The Absence of Presence
  • Throwing Mountains
  • Jets Overhead
  • Propulsion 1
  • Memories Down the Line
  • Circus of Illusion
  • Animals on the Roof
  • Never
  • The Song the River Sang

In the interest of rapidly developing public health concerns and warnings due to the Coronavirus, recent KANSAS tour dates are postponed and being rescheduled. For more information on your specific date, visit: https://bit.ly/2zFSVRf

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Virginia Dates Re-Scheduled

Due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the KANSAS concerts scheduled in Virginia the weekend of June 20 & 21 have been rescheduled. New dates are as follows:
 
June 11, 2021 – Richmond, VA: Dominion Energy Center
June 12, 2021 – Salem, VA: Salem Civic Center
 
Please keep your tickets. They will be honored for the 2021 performance.

New Song & Music Video for “Jets Overhead”

 KANSAS RELEASES NEW SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO FOR “JETS OVERHEAD”

TAKEN FROM THE BAND’S NEW ALBUM ‘THE ABSENCE OF PRESENCE’

RELEASE DATE: JUNE 26, 2020

LISTEN AND WATCH

‘THE ABSENCE OF PRESENCE’  NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

“Longtime, hardcore fans will roar with approval at the precise musicianship, contemplative lyrics, soaring vocals with tight harmonies, intricate arrangements, memorable riffs, complex changes, and majestic musical passages in the album’s nine songs.”   American Songwriter

“This is a beautifully-executed and classy album of rare superiority, and it will no doubt bring you much listening comfort in these times of uncertainty.”  The Prog Report

JUNE 5, 2020KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, has released another new song and music video for their song “Jets Overhead” taken from the band’s highly anticipated new studio album “The Absence of Presence” out June 26, 2020 through Inside Out Music. Fans can listen and watch the music video at this link: https://bit.ly/2BswEXn

“Jets Overhead” has become one of my favorite songs on the album, says KANSAS Guitarist Zak Rizvi, who wrote the music for the song. “Tom Brislin wrote some fantastic lyrics, David Ragsdale‘s violin solo is absolutely smoking, and Ronnie Platt nailed the vocals.”

“Jets Overhead” follows the release of “Memories Down the Line”, which was released on May 15. Fans can stream the song and watch the video here:

In April,  they released the song and music video for “Throwing Mountains”, which can be seen here:

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The band gave fans a sneak preview of what they can expect to hear on the album with this sampler video: https://bit.ly/KSTAOPprev.

Today, ‘The Absence of Presence’ is available for pre-order.

We are really excited for our fans to be able to get a taste of what is to come from ‘The Absence of Presence,’” says KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt. “I think people will really be surprised by the album. ‘The Absence of Presence’ shows the band firing on all cylinders.”

Billboard.com first announced the new album during an exclusive interview with KANSAS drummer and “The Absence of Presence” co-producer Phil Ehart: http://bit.ly/KansasBillboardTAoP.

“The Absence of Presence” follows-up 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit,” which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. KANSAS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind’ to the progressive epic ‘Song for America.’

“The Absence of Presence,” released by Inside Out Music, features nine all new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is unmistakable throughout. The album showcases Ronnie Platts towering vocals, David Ragsdale’s searing violin, Tom Brislin’s dazzling keyboards, Williams and Rizvi’s electrifying guitar riffs, Ehart’s powerful drums, and Billy Greer’s rocking bass.

“The Absence of Presence” will be released June 26, 2020, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available on CD, Double LP 180 Gram Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe CD + 5.1 Blu-Ray Artbook, and digitally on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and all other streaming services.

To pre-order ‘The Absence of Presence’, visit: https://kansas.lnk.to/TheAbsenceofPresence

“The Absence of Presence” Track Listing:

  • The Absence of Presence
  • Throwing Mountains
  • Jets Overhead
  • Propulsion 1
  • Memories Down the Line
  • Circus of Illusion
  • Animals on the Roof
  • Never
  • The Song the River Sang

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