With a career spanning almost fifty years, Kansas remains a sure bet in American rock with sales totalling over 30 million albums. No one has forgotten such classics as "Carry On Wayward Son", "Song for America" or of course the unmissable "Dust in the Wind". And the adventure still continues today, to the delight of the fans!
The band was formed in the early 1970s in Topeka and released its first album in 1974. Since then, Kansas has stayed on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks in the 70's and 80's! The band has played sold-out arenas and stadiums in the United States, Europe and Japan.
The band's music is known for its contrast between hard rocking electric guitar riffs and softer violin and acoustic guitar passages. Therefore, it has been difficult to pinpoint the band's style, oscillating between hard rock and progressive rock. The current formation is composed of Phil Ehart (drums) and Richard Williams (guitar), already present at the origin of the group, Billy Greer (vocals and bass), David Manion (keyboards), Ronnie Platt (keyboards and vocals), David Ragsdale (guitar and violin), and Zak Rizvi (guitar). The band also managed to reach a new audience thanks to the presence of some of their songs in the video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, as well as in the TV series "Supernatural" and "South Park".
The band continues to play its classics but also new songs, both in acoustic and electric configuration. The audience underlined the virtuosity of the musicians as well as their vocal harmonies that have remained intact over the years. The Classic Rock Revisited webzine will note that today Kansas respects its 50 year old heritage but also its fans and still delivers performances that live up to their reputation, despite numerous personnel changes within the band. We can only advise you to take a trip back in time, for an evening, with a band that has left an indelible mark on American rock.