Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Leftoverture, Kansas electrifies the Louisville Palace crowd with an unforgettable performance.
As the house lights drop vocalist/bassist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, guitarist Zak Rizvi and original guitarist Richard Williams casually walk on stage to a standing ovation from the audience.
Taking seats at the front of the stage, Kansas launches into an intimate acoustic set starting off the evening with â€œThe Coming Dawn (Thanatopsis)â€, â€œHold Onâ€, â€œChasing Shadowsâ€ and â€œReason to Beâ€ showcasing their musicianship with deep and moving harmonies accentuated by their acoustic instruments.
Introduced as a song to address the reality of child trafficking and the thousands of children affected every year, their song â€œRefugeeâ€ from their recent album The Prelude Implicit closes out the acoustic set to rapturous applause.
Joining the guys behind the drums is original Kansas member, Phil Ehart as they start off their rock set with â€Icarus IIâ€, â€œIcarus – Borne on Wings of Steelâ€ and the Kansas classic â€œPoint of No Returnâ€.
Almost one hour into the evening and it seems everyone is just getting warmed up as Kansas rolls into â€œParadox,â€ â€œJourney From Mariabronn,â€ and â€œLamplight Symphonyâ€ which features some fantastic guitar work by Zak Rivizi.
As the opening notes of â€œDust in the Windâ€ roll over the Louisville Palace, everyone is up on their feet as the fans hang on every word, with Ronnie Platt creating a memorable moment in the show. Platt mentions that â€œDust in the Windâ€ has been played so many times since its release in 1977, if all of those were to be put into a continuous loop it would play for more than five years.
It has been an astonishing sixteen years between Kansasâ€™ release of Somewhere to Elsewhere in 2000 and the release of The Prelude Implicit. A few new songs from the album, â€œRhythm in the Spirit,â€ â€œThe Voyage of Eight Eighteenâ€ and a song dedicated to all the past and present men and women who serve our country â€œSection 60â€ close out the main set.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Kansas’ most famous album, Leftoverture. Billy Greer jokingly mentioned â€œ40 years is a long time, and we are here because you come out to see us and support us â€“ Itâ€™s really your fault we are still up here performing”, much to the amusement of the audience.
Kansas performs Leftoverture in its entirety starting off with the monumental hit song â€œCarry On Wayward Sonâ€. Over the next forty minutes, Kansas masterfully roll through their landmark album with their signature virtuoso riffs and fun rockinâ€™ enthusiasm, much to the delight of those lucky enough to have a ticket tonight.
Kansas close out the evening with one encore song â€œPortrait (He Knew)â€ ending a wonderful evening of music. While Phil Ehart and Richard Williams might be the only remaining original Kansas members, the songs, the performance and the evening was definitely classic Kansas, satisfying even the most ardent fans.
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Event Date: 07-APR-2017