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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 09:40 AM
I have seen Kansas about 8 times over the years and as always they never disappoint!
The band is very tight and there timing is impecable!
Saw them at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills,Ca great little venue and the place was packed!
The casual fan will only know there two hits Dust in the Wind and Carry On.
But there is so much more to Kansas than that.Long instrumental compositions like
Belexes,Death of Mother Nature Suite,Song For America,Icarus and many many more.

Check them out most likely you will be pleased!

 
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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 09:48 AM
HUGE Kansas fan from WAYYYYYY back. Saw them many times in Indy in the 70's. Still have Song For America, Point Of Know Return and self titled on LP. Saw them a few years back on a Army base tour at Ft. Gordon, GA with REO Speedwagon. They still got what it takes.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 09:54 AM
I saw them for the 1st time live ( besides TV viewing) a few years ago up in Kansas City.
Kerry ( whatever his name) even joined them for this show. I took my son to this show and kind of thought he might like their music because it wasn't run of the mill rock and roll .
When they played Dust in the Wind ( dude) my son suprisingly reacted with " Thats the Bill and Ted Band "
Kansas must have played Kansas City a hundred times, this was the 1st time I saw them live...I'm glad I went. Steve Walsh was fantastic.
Great job on Opus X.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 09:59 AM
Hai, it's Kerry Livgren....

I think most of the original members are still there, Robby Steinhart, Rich Williams, Steve Walsh...

Kerry left a while back but they even had Steve Morse in the line up for a while.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:09 AM
Dave I kick myself in the arse for waiting so long to see them, especially for not seeing them during the Steve Morse days.
Way back when way long ago, I saw them on TV and I think Steve Walsh had left the band at that time, they had a singer named Alfonso ( I think) doing the vocals. Guy was fantastic .

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:43 AM
Have always liked Kansas. Back in the early 70's they used to play in a local club a lot as White Clover (before they adopted the name Kansas). They played all the stuff that ended up on their 1st album and you knew you were listening to a band that was going to make it's way out of the club circuit.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:51 AM
One of my favs from way back when. Saw them a couple of times. In 1977 I remember getting tickets for Rush and asking if the Kansas tickets had gone on sale yet. The girl at the box office said they were just confirmed, where do ya want to sit? Front row dead centre, for a total cost for four of $29.00 with service charges. Amazing show, Phil Ehart was and still is one of my favorite drummers. Is he still with them? April Wine opened that show - it was a killer night. I also saw them at Canada Jam in 1978 and they arguabley stole the entire festival. Hope they come up to see us in Canada.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:51 AM
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gvkiq0D0HUQ

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:58 AM
WTF ???????????

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zTumF9uVTIA


heh heh

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 12:37 PM
Still the most fired-up crowd I've ever been part of was Kansas playing the Capital Theater in Passaic, NJ, back in about 1977. Saw them just a after Leftoverture came out and they were just hitting national recognition. Kerry Livgren was still in the band and they were on fire that night. I've never since seen a show where every single person in the hall - from the front row to the back - was so energized by an band's performance. Perhaps the greatest single show I've ever seen.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 12:57 PM
I always liked them and felt they were under rated in general. They have a very classical music feel too which is refreshing once in a while. I've never seen them in concert. I've always thought they had great art work for their album covers too.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 01:03 PM
My introduction to Kansas was the guy across the street from parents house, back in the late 70's, sitting on a Gran Torrino, playing guitar, learning 'Dust in the Wind'

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 02:01 PM
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One of my favs from way back when. Saw them a couple of times. In 1977 I remember getting tickets for Rush and asking if the Kansas tickets had gone on sale yet. The girl at the box office said they were just confirmed, where do ya want to sit? Front row dead centre, for a total cost for four of $29.00 with service charges. Amazing show, Phil Ehart was and still is one of my favorite drummers. Is he still with them? April Wine opened that show - it was a killer night. I also saw them at Canada Jam in 1978 and they arguabley stole the entire festival. Hope they come up to see us in Canada.


Phil Ehart is still with them
Rich Williams-guitar
Steve Walsh-Vocals and Keys
Billy Greer-Bass and Vocals
David Ragsdale-Violin and Vocals

Sadly Robby Steinhardt left in early 06 to do other projects!
Billy Greer has been with them since 83
David Ragsdale was with them in the early to mid 90s and has returned after Robby left.

Go see them when they come to your town!

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 04:28 PM
The only time I saw them was with Steve Morse. I was/am a huge Morse fan so I HAD to see that show! They were great.

If you want to hear that line-up, they released King Biscuit FLower Hour show with the Morse line-up.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 05:36 PM
First concert I ever went to KANSAS @ the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in late 70's
before the Monolith album came out, all the original lineup.
Listening to "Song for America" now.
thanks for the memory
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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 05:40 PM
Kansas is an amazing band...seen them alot back in the day and last year as well at a local/regional county fair thing. Phil Ehart is an aamazing player. I remember learning to play "Carry On Wayward Son" on drums when the song came out and the older high school kids were jealous Steve Walsh is one of my favorite singers ( I have alot of them ) laterz

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 06:18 PM
I'd go see Kansas anytime. But like ABB, they rarely EVER see fit anymore to make it out to California.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 08:16 PM
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Phil Ehart is still with them
Rich Williams-guitar
Steve Walsh-Vocals and Keys
Billy Greer-Bass and Vocals
David Ragsdale-Violin and Vocals
I saw this line up a couple of times on the "Freaks Of Nature Tour", it was a pretty good album as well. I love Robby but David Ragsdale fills in great.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 08:20 AM
I have seen this band countless times. They have always been one of my favorites. The best show I have seen was at the Jacksonville State (Alabama) gym. Man what a show. They did a show here in Jacksonville Florida in the late 90's where they played with the Jax Symphany Orch.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 04:29 PM
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They did a show here in Jacksonville Florida in the late 90's where they played with the Jax Symphany Orch.
I caught that tour in Nashville with the Nashville Symphany Orch. for only $7 at a park. They had made a cd called "Always Never The Same" that they recorded with the London Symphany Orch. I guess they would borrow the local Symphany Orch. of whatever town they were playing in on that tour.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 07:29 PM
Seen them a couple of times - actually like their pre-Point of No Return stuff better - Masque was one of my favorites - picked it up on cd last year.....

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 02:40 PM
always a big fan. saw them for the first time in 1980 in n.y. they are almost always on tour. if ya got a chance to see them its worth the $
 
 


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