If you saw a Kansas concert in the 1970s you might think there’s no way the current incarnation of the band can bring the same level of energy, quality, and excitement to the stage. If that’s your opinion consider yourself to be right.
If you attend a Kansas tour stop today you’ll experience a band that’s more energetic, that’s more dynamic, and even tighter than its seventies predecessor!
In other words, Kansas the band still has it. Sure, their concerts are no frills, just straight ahead rock, but fans don’t mind the simplicity. Kansas is more substance than style and that’s something sorely lacking in today’s popular music clime.
How Many Original Members Are Still In Kansas?
Before you procure Kansas tickets there is something you should know. There’s only one original member left. That lone original is drummer Phil Ehart.
Joining Ehart are long time members Rich Williams and Billy Greer. Also in the band is David Ragsdale, he’s been with Kansas since the nineties.
Rounding out the group are keyboardist David Manion and vocalist Ronnie Platt.
Don’t be discouraged by the fact that this isn’t the same lineup that recorded Leftoverture (1976) and Point of Know Return (1977).
This current lineup is a great mix of old and new. The result is a super tight outfit that sounds great live. The “old blood” knows the material and the “new blood” adds life to great tunes like “Dust in the Wind,” “Fight Fire with Fire” “Portrait (He Knew)” and “What's On My Mind.”
What Else Should I Know About A Kansas Concert?
Kansas released their self-titled debut album in 1974. You don’t need to be good at math to know that a lot of “Wheatheads” are “experienced” rock and rollers.
These “experienced” rock and rollers like their concert seats. Now, every crowd is different, but don’t be shocked if you spend most of the concert seated.
Another thing, that you’ve probably already guessed, Kansas ends their show with a rousing rendition of “Carry On Wayward Son.”
What other song could Kansas possibly use to end their concert?