Rock Band KANSAS to Expand Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to Select U.S. Cities in 2017 Due to High Demand Sextuple-Platinum Album to Be Performed in its Entirety

NEW ALBUM THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT OUT NOW

November 28th, 2016 – KANSAS will be bringing their highly successful Leftoverture tour to more parts of the United States in the spring of 2017! For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing the hit album in its entirety. The tour showcases two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.

Due to very popular demand, dates have been confirmed across cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and more.

“The band has been pretty overwhelmed by the popularity of both this tour and the new album,” commented KANSAS drummer, and original member, Phil Ehart.“Never having performed an album in its entirety, we didn’t know what to expect. Due to the enthusiasm from our fans, we are excited to expand this tour to select cities next year. Who knows, maybe it can grow even more!”

Tickets for the tour dates can be purchased starting on Friday, December 2.

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 with more than six million copies sold. They are performing the album in its entirety on this tour.

The Prelude Implicit, the band’s most recent album, which was released on September 23rd, marked KANSAS’ biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The album reached #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more. The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online at Best Buy, Amazon, Apple Music, FYE, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Spotify and Independent Record Shops. Links to select retailers can be found below:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cWwNRp
Best Buy – http://bit.ly/2da7bBI
iTunes/Apple Music – http://apple.co/2aSjBQc
Wal-Mart – http://bit.ly/2d2Fgog
Independent Record Shops – http://recordstoreday.com/Stores
Spotify – http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play  http://bit.ly/2asRFhn


KANSAS LEFTOVERTURE 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONFIRMED DATES:

December 1 Daytona Beach, FL The Peabody Auditorium
December 2 Lancaster, SC The Bundy Auditorium
December 3 Fayetteville, NC Crown Theater

NEW 2017 LEFTOVERTURE 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES:

March 24 Salina, KS The Stiefel Theatre
March 25 Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
April 18 Denver, CO The Paramount
April 20 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
April 22 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall
April 23 Chandler, AZ Chandler Center for the Arts
April 26 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 28 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
April 29 Seattle, WA Moore Theater

For more information on KANSAS and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, please visit:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband

Press Contact:

Natalie Schaffer | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

Dayna Ghiraldi | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

The Prelude Implicit Marks the Band’s Best Selling Week in Soundscan Era

THE ALBUM LANDS THE #5 SPOT ON THE ROCK CHARTS, #6 FOR PHYSICAL ALBUMS, #14 ON THE TOP 200 AND MORE

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH KANSASBAND.COM

ON TOUR NOW CELEBRATING
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM LEFTOVERTURE

SEXTUPLE PLATINUM ALBUM TO BE PERFORMED
IN IT’S ENTIRETY

“The sound of The Prelude Implicit is vintage Kansas, flaunting intricate, orchestrated arrangements, tricky time signatures, sweeping melodies and rich harmonics”.
Billboard

“Listening to The Prelude Implicit, you hear echoes of everything that Kansas has been – the heartland prog-rock group, the rowdy bar band, the group with the chart hits, the hard-edged version from the late Eighties”
  Rolling Stone

“There is not a clunker, or any filler anywhere…A band that has been without new tunes for over a decade and a half is now changing things up and rediscovering themselves… and they are a force to be reckoned with.”
Classic Rock Revisited

“The Prelude Implicit is a grand statement, perhaps the grandest Kansas has made in the last thirty five years. It is the sound of a band comfortable with all the facets of it’s past, yet excited about the new possibilities of the future;
But above all, it is a triumph.”
Sentinel Daily

OCTOBER 3rd, 2016 – The Prelude Implicit, the new album from legendary rock band, Kansas, which was released on September 23rd, 2016, marks the band’s biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The Prelude Implicit landed at #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more.

The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online at Best Buy, Amazon, Apple Music, Wal-Mart, Spotify and Independent Record Shops. Links to retailers can be found below:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cWwNRp
Best Buy – http://bit.ly/2da7bBI
iTunes/Apple Music – http://apple.co/2aSjBQc
Wal-Mart – http://bit.ly/2d2Fgog
Independent Record Shops – http://recordstoreday.com/Stores
Spotify – http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play  http://bit.ly/2asRFhn

They have released two new songs from the album, both of which are being regarded as “essential Kansas”. Fans can stream “With This Heart” with Billboard, here: http://goo.gl/9uYSkM and “Visibility Zero” with Rolling Stone, here: http://goo.gl/Z1E7Cq

Both songs are also now available for purchase and streaming through iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify, and Google Play.

The Prelude Implicit is the first new album release in 16 years 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’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’ The album will be available on CD, double 180 Gram Vinyl and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Fans can order now by visiting Kansasband.com and on Amazon.com.

The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams.  KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album.  It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals. 

KANSAS returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music.  Says Inside Out founder and president Thomas Waber, “KANSAS is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA.  ‘The Prelude Implicit’ undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy.  I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.”

The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined.  “This is definitely a KANSAS album,” remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm in the Spirit,’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan.  After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of ‘The Prelude Implicit.’”

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording ‘The Prelude Implicit’ was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

The album title, The Prelude Implicit means, “Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning,” explains Ehart. Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover.  “It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.”

The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:
1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
5.) Refugee
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
7.) Camouflage
8.) Summer
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60

KANSAS is currently debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. View our tour dates HERE

For more information on KANSAS, The Prelude Implicit, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, please visit:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband

Press Contact:

Natalie Schaffer | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

Dayna Ghiraldi | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

Stream New Song, Debut Lyric Video for “Visibility Zero”

FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIXTEEN YEARS THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 23rd

SEPTEMBER 8th, 2016 – A brand new song and lyric video from Kansas is streaming now exclusively with RollingStone.com today. “Visibility Zero” is the second single released from the band’s intensely anticipated new studio album The Prelude Implicit, which will be released on September 23rd, 2016. Fans can stream “Visibility Zero” now at this link: http://bit.ly/KansasRS9816V0

In a joint statement about “Visibility Zero”, the band says, “Visibility Zero is a great KANSAS song written by band members Zak Rizvi and Ronnie Platt. It features a blistering violin solo from David Ragsdale. This song rocks hard while still having the Prog elements that makes KANSAS…KANSAS!”

The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Friday, September 9th through iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify, and Google Play.  Fans can also pre-order the album on iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Google Play at that time. Links to retailers can be found below:

iTunes  http://itunes.com/kansas
Amazon http://amzn.to/2aKXIlJ
Spotify  http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play  http://bit.ly/2asRFhn

Last month, Kansas premiered their first single “With This Heart” with Billboard.com. The publication noted, “The sound of The Prelude Implicit is vintage Kansas, flaunting intricate, orchestrated arrangements, tricky time signatures, sweeping melodies and rich harmonics”. Stream “With This Heart” here: http://goo.gl/9uYSkM

The Prelude Implicit is the first new album release in 16 years 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’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’ The album will be available on CD, double 180 Gram Vinyl and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Fans can pre-order now by visiting Kansasband.com and on Amazon.com.

The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams.  KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album.  It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.  

KANSAS returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music.  Says Inside Out founder and president Thomas Waber, “KANSAS is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA.  ‘The Prelude Implicit’ undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy.  I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.”

The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined.  “This is definitely a KANSAS album,” remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm in the Spirit,’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan.  After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of ‘The Prelude Implicit.’”

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording ‘The Prelude Implicit’ was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

The album title, The Prelude Implicit means, “Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning,” explains Ehart. Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover.  “It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.”

The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:

1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
5.) Refugee
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen    
7.) Camouflage
8.) Summer
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60

KANSAS will be debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  More information on the tour, including tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com

For more information on KANSAS, The Prelude Implicit, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, please visit:

www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband

Press Contact:

Natalie Schaffer | Big Picture Media

40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

Dayna Ghiraldi | Big Picture Media

40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401 | New York, NY 10001
Office: 212-675-3103 | [email protected]

Stream New Song “With This Heart” & Album Release Info

“With This Heart”, a brand new song from Kansas is streaming now exclusively on Billboard.com today. The song is taken from the band’s intensely anticipated new studio album The Prelude Implicit, which will be released on September 23rd, 2016. Fans can stream “With This Heart” now at this link: CLICK HERE

The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Friday, August 5th through iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify, and Google Play.  Fans can also pre-order the album on iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Google Play at that time. Links to retailers can be found below:

iTunes  http://itunes.com/kansas
Amazon http://amzn.to/2aKXIlJ
Spotify  http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play  http://bit.ly/2asRFhnf

In a joint statement, the band says “We are excited for ‘With This Heart’ to be the first new KANSAS song released in more than 16 years. It definitely fits KANSAS tradition.”

The Prelude Implicit is the first new album release in 16 years 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’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’ The album will be available on CD, double 180 Gram Vinyl and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Fans can pre-order now by visiting Kansasband.com and on Amazon.com.

The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams.  KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album.  It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.  

KANSAS returned to the studio in January 2016 after signing with Inside Out Music.  Says Inside Out founder and president Thomas Waber, “KANSAS is the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the United States. I grew up listening to them, and their music is part of my DNA.  ‘The Prelude Implicit’ undoubtedly adds to their already impressive musical legacy.  I can’t stop listening to it, and we are proud to be releasing the album.”

The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined.  “This is definitely a KANSAS album,” remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm in the Spirit,’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan.  After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of ‘The Prelude Implicit.’”

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording ‘The Prelude Implicit’ was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

The album title, The Prelude Implicit means, “Without a doubt, this is a new musical beginning,” explains Ehart. Tattoo artist, Denise de la Cerda, did the oil painting of the front and back cover.  “It shows a Phoenix flying from the past into the future.”

The Prelude Implicit Track Listing:
1.) With This Heart
2.) Visibility Zero
3.) The Unsung Heroes
4.) Rhythm in the Spirit
5.) Refugee
6.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen    
7.) Camouflage
8.) Summer
9.) Crowded Isolation
10.) Section 60

KANSAS will be debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit this fall, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.  More information on the tour, including tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com

For more information on KANSAS, The Prelude Implicit, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, please visit:

www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband

Rock Band KANSAS Adds Zak Rizvi as 2nd Guitarist

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.

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*:

  • September 30 – Pittsburgh, PA: Benedum Center
  • October 1 – Philadelphia, PA: Merriam Theater
  • October 7 – Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Symphony Hall
  • October 8 – Nashville, TN: Ryman Auditorium
  • October 15 – Dallas, TX: Majestic Theater
  • 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 at Old National Centre
  • October 28 – Detroit, MI: MotorCity Casino
  • October 30 – Cincinnati, OH: Taft Theatre
  • November 3 – Milwaukee, WI: Pabst Theater
  • November 4 – Chicago, IL: Copernicus Center
  • November 11 – Clearwater, FL: Ruth Eckard Hall
  • November 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Broward Center for Performing Arts
  • November 18 – New Bedford, MA: Zeiterion Theatre

*More dates to be added

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/kansasband
www.twitter.com/kansasband

For media requests contact:
J.R. Rees – KANSAS Management Office
[email protected]

Tiffany Awtry – APA Nashville
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Jeff Wagner – Inside/Out Music
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Ronnie Platt Performs “Wrigley Field Trifecta!”

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.

Photos Courtesy of Kaitlyn August, Chicago Cubs.

KANSAS Signs Worldwide Recording Deal with InsideOutMusic

InsideOut Music is extremely pleased to announce the worldwide signing of legendary US rock group KANSAS for the release of their forthcoming 15th studio album. KANSAS needs no introduction, having sold over 30 million records in their career, as well as achieving 8 gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point Of Know Return, The Best Of Kansas), a platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold single (“Dust In The Wind”).

Drummer and founding member Phil Ehart had this to say about the signing:
“In speaking for all the members of KANSAS, we could not be more enthused about signing with InsideOut. They are the greatest Prog music label on the planet and we are very proud to be a part of their stable of artists. It’s our first album of new music in 15 years and we are very happy to be working with the great team at InsideOut.”

InsideOutMusic label-head Thomas Waber adds:
“We are extremely excited about signing KANSAS, the biggest and most important Prog band to come out of the US! I grew up listening to them and their music is a part of my DNA. Everyone on the team is working hard in making the next studio album count 150% and for it to become an important part in the legacy of this great band. We are very proud to become a part of the journey!”

KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, lead singer/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, and original guitarist Richard Williams. They are currently in the midst of an extensive US tour.

KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio and has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’  ‘South Park,’ and the films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’

You can find the full list of announced tour dates below:

US Live Dates 2015/2016
4/9 Taste of Colorado – Denver, CO
5/9 Saban Theatre – Beverley Hills, CA
6/9 Freemont Street Experience Summer – Las Vegas, NV
8/9 Crest Theatre – Sacramento, CA
10/9 Chumash Casino – Santa Ynez, CA
11/9 Casino Pauma – Pauma Valley, CA
12/9 Santa Clarita PAC – Santa Clarita, CA
17/9 Marina Civic Center – Panama City, FL
18/9 Newberry Opera House – Newberry, SC
19/9 Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greeneville, TN
25/9 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
26/9 The Big E – West Springfield, MA
27/9 Blue Ocean Music Hall – Salisbury, MA
1/10 Emporia Granada – Emporia, KS
2/10 Lied Center of Kansas – Lawrence, KS
3/10 United Wireless Arena – Dodge City, KS
9/10 Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
10/10 Patchogue Theatre – Patchogue, NY
11/10 Sherman Theater – Stroudsberg, PA
15/10 Landis Theater – Vineland, NJ
16/10 Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
17/10 Turningstone Resort & Casino Showroom – Verona, NY
22/10 Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
23/10 Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
24/10 Diamond Jo Casino – Dubuque, IA
25/10 Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake, MN
29/10 Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, FL
30/10 Maxwell C. King Venter for the Performing Arts – Melborune, FL
4/12 Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
5/12 The Plaza Theatre – Orlando, DL
6/12 Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
5/3 Oxford Performing Arts Centre – Oxford, AL
8/4 American Music Theatre – Lancaster, PA
15/4 Potter Centre – Jackson, MI
14/5 Marion Palace Theatre – Marion, OH

InsideOutMusic recently became a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, following their acquisition of The Century Family.

KANSAS Online:
www.kansasband.com
www.facebook.com/KansasBand
www.twitter.com/kansasband
www.kansasmerch.com

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic

Visit the InsideOut Shop:
www.insideoutshop.de

This July marks the 30th Anniversary of bassist and vocalist Billy Greer joining the band KANSAS

Atlanta, GA – This July marks the 30th Anniversary of bassist and vocalist Billy Greer joining the band KANSAS. Along with countless live performances, Billy has appeared on the studio albums “Power,” “In The Spirit Of Things,” “Freaks Of Nature,” “Always Never The Same,” and “Somewhere To Elsewhere.” He’s also performed on the live releases “Live at the Whisky,” “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” “Device Voice Drum,” and “There’s Know Place Like Home.”Atlanta, GA – This July marks the 30th Anniversary of bassist and vocalist Billy Greer joining the band KANSAS. Along with countless live performances, Billy has appeared on the studio albums “Power,” “In The Spirit Of Things,” “Freaks Of Nature,” “Always Never The Same,” and “Somewhere To Elsewhere.” He’s also performed on the live releases “Live at the Whisky,” “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” “Device Voice Drum,” and “There’s Know Place Like Home.”

Reflecting on Billy, KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart states, “Billy….From the Power album in the mid 80’s, to all that KANSAS has going on today, you’ve been there for 30 years, through it all.Thank you for your loyalty, your dedication, and your talent. You are the best!”

“One of the most, if not THE most, important qualities in a bandmate from my perspective is loyalty.  For three decades and counting, Billy continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with us, celebrating the ups, as well as persevering through the downs.  Billy’s voice, talent, commitment, enthusiasm, and friendship are all constants, making it easy to continue to do what we all love to do.  Congratulations Billy, and thank you for 30 years!  Here’s to many more.” Adds KANSAS guitarist Richard Williams.

In honor of three decades of dedication and outstanding musicianship, the band and entire KANSAS organization would like to say, “Thank you, Billy, and congratulations! Onward to many more!”

KANSAS Signs with APA

“MIRACLES OUT OF NOWHERE” DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES ON VH1 CLASSIC & PALLADIA, DEBUTS IN BILLBOARD TOP 200

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2015) – KANSAS, one of the most iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll bands of all time will continue to forge their musical legacy by signing with APA for worldwide representation to bring their unique sound to fans around the globe.  Band members Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, David Manion, Ronnie Platt, David Ragsdale, and Richard Williams are looking forward to keeping their one-of-a-kind music on the road.

“KANSAS has been a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll landscape for over four decades,” commented Steve Lassiter, SVP/Partner and Head of Concerts at APA Nashville.  “Their fans are extremely devoted, and we at APA are excited to continue to unite the band with their fans for more stops along their musical journey.”

Miracles Out Of Nowhere, a new, in-depth documentary chronicling the legendary band’s beginnings and rise to fame, premiered in February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and made its television premiere on both VH1 Classic and Palladia on March 20.  The film and companion CD was released on March 23 and debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart and at #61 on the Billboard Top 200.

KANSAS’s first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. “From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so.” Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time.

This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner.

With over 30 million records sold, the band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.

Along with touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio and has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’

Upcoming Announced Tour Dates as of 4/1/15

April 10 Middletown, NY – The Paramount Theatre of Middletown

April 11 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Pocono

April 12 New York, NY – NY Ethical Cultural Center

April 25 Southaven, MS – Southaven Spring Fest at BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

April 30 Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

May 1 Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at The Wharf

May 2 Huntsville, AL – Whistle Stop Weekend

May 8 Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Rocksino

May 9 Newark, OH – The Midland Theatre

May 14 Wichita, KS – The Orpheum Theatre

May 15 Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino Event Center

May 16 Richardson, TX – Wildflower Arts & Music Festival

May 28 Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center

May 29 Springfield, MA – MassMutual Center

May 30 Indiana, PA – Kovalchick Complex

June 12 Rock Hill, SC – Old Town Amphitheater

June 13 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park

June 26 Warsaw, IN – Classic Rock Concert at Glover Pavilion

June 27 Baraboo, WI – Ho Chunk Casino Wisconsin Dells

July 1 San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair

July 2 Pleasanton, CA – Alameda County Fair

July 3 Del Mar, CA – San Diego County Fair

July 5 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

July 7 Elk Grove, IL – Village Green

July 11 Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Showroom

July 18 Cincinnati, OH – Festival in Sycamore

July 25 Whitehouse Station, NJ – Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning

July 26 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

August 6 Layton, UT – Kenley Centennial Amphitheater

August 7 Ridgefield, WA – Clark County Fair

August 8 Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fair

August 14 Detroit, MI – GM Renaissance Center – Rockin’ On The Riverfront

August 29 Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre

October 9 Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall

October 10 Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre

October 11 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theatre

October 15 Vineland, NJ – The Landis Theatre

October 16 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre

October 23 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre