Kansas

Biography

Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s, with many of their hits becoming staples of AOR radio playlists. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group — guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart — first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.
Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry on Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. Released in 1977, Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.
In the wake of 1980's Audio-Visions, Kansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded.
In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around Ehart, Williams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of Nature. The London Symphony-assisted Always Never the Same followed in 1998, and in 2000 Kansas issued Somewhere to Elsewhere, their 14th studio album, which saw the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry Livgren. The next decade found Kansas continuing to tour heavily and release compilations and live albums, culminating in their 2014 induction into the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which coincided with the group's 40th anniversary. Miracles Out of Nowhere, a DVD/CD career retrospective, followed in early 2015. After signing with Century Media's InsideOut label, Kansas released The Prelude Implicit in 2016. Their 15th studio effort overall, the prog-heavy LP also marked the band's first new album in 16 years.

Birth Date: 1970

Origin: Topeka, KS

Genre: Rock 

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    24

    St Augustine Amphitheatre

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, October 28, 2016

    Ends: Friday, February 24, 2017

    St Augustine, FL

    Artists: Foreigner and Kansas


    11

    Hard Rock Live

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Biloxi, MS

    Artists: Kansas


    24

    Stiefel Theatre

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Friday, March 24, 2017

    Salina, KS

    Artists: Kansas


    31

    Hoyt Sherman Place

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Start: Friday, January 6, 2017

    Ends: Friday, March 31, 2017

    Des Moines, IA

    Artists: Kansas


    1

    Peoria Civic Center

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Peoria, IL

    Artists: Kansas


    7

    Louisville Palace

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 16, 2016

    Ends: Friday, April 7, 2017

    Louisville, KY

    Artists: Kansas


    18

    Paramount Theatre

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Denver, CO

    Artists: Kansas


    23

    Chandler Center for the Arts

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Chandler, AZ

    Artists: Kansas


    26

    The Wiltern

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA

    Artists: Kansas


    29

    Moore Theatre

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, December 2, 2016

    Ends: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    Artists: Kansas


    20

    Coronado Performing Arts Center

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Rockford, IL

    Artists: Kansas


    26

    Resorts Atlantic City

    Friday, May 26, 2017

    Start: Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Ends: Friday, May 26, 2017

    Atlantic City, NJ

    Artists: Kansas


    27

    Sands Bethlehem Event Center

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Bethlehem, PA

    Artists: Kansas


    Followers

  • Presto Ballet

    Genres: Rock

  • Discus

    Genres: Rock

  • Subway to Sally

    Genres: Rock

  • Dream Theater

    Genres: Rock

  • Influencers

  • King Crimson

    Genres: Prog-Rock/Art Rock

  • Genesis

    Genres: Rock

  • Yes

    Genres: Rock

  • Jethro Tull

    Genres: Rock

  • Queen

    Genres: Rock

  • The Beatles

    Genres: Rock

  • Contemporaries

  • REO Speedwagon

    Genres: Rock

  • Styx

    Genres: Rock

  • Pink Floyd

    Genres: Rock

  • Saga

    Genres: Rock

  • Supertramp

    Genres: Rock

  • Asia

    Genres: Rock

  • Kerry Livgren

    Genres: Rock

  • New Triumvirat

    Genres: Rock

  • Alan Parsons

    Genres: Rock

  • Boston

    Genres: Rock