Kansas Celebrates Anniversary Of ‘Leftoverture’

Kansas’ fall tour is sure to bring back memories with the band observing the 40th anniversary of its Leftoverture album. Destinations include Pittsburgh, Dallas, Milwaukee, Detroit, New Bedford and Milwaukee, and other places one might find wayward sons.

Photo: Matt Christine / Santander PAC
Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pa.

Considered the band’s breakthrough album, Leftoverture has fueled many classic rock stations with tracks like “Opus Insert” and “The Wall” as well as the smash hit “Carry On Wayward Son.”

The fall outing represents a new chapter in the history of Kanas and will mark the first time the band has played Leftoverture from start to finish.

“These definitely will not be your typical Kansas concerts of the past few years,” original guitarist Richard Williams said. “This is incredibly exciting for the entire band, and hopefully for our fans.  It’s something we’ve never done before, play an album in its entirety, as part of a set.  Leftoverture was our breakthrough, and it’s special that we are getting to celebrate it 40 years later.  We’ve never even played ‘Questions of My Childhood’ live before.  I can’t wait!”

While Leftoverture will be the main course, it won’t be the only tasty treat in store for fans.  Kansas will also play songs from its upcoming studio release, The Prelude Implicit, scheduled to drop in September.

“This is going to be really special for both the band and our fans,” lead vocalist Ronnie Platt said.  “It has been really wild recording The Prelude Implicit.  We are anxious to perform some of the songs for live audiences.  To be able to do that while also be performing Leftoverture in its entirety, and more; this is going to be a blast!  Who knows, we may even have more twists added in.”

Kansas does have plans for the spring.  The band is in Jackson, Mich., tonight and will play shows in Illinois, Missouri, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey before the month is over.  Here’s the fall tour:

Sept. 30 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Benedum Center
Oct. 1 – Philadelphia, Pa., Merriam Theater
Oct. 7 – Atlanta, Ga., Symphony Hall – Woodruff Arts Ctr.
Oct. 8 – Nashville, Tenn., Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 15 – Dallas, Texas, Majestic Theatre
Oct. 21 – St. Louis, Mo., Peabody Opera House
Oct. 22 – Kansas City, Mo., Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts
Oct. 27 – Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre
Oct. 28 – Detroit, Mich., MotorCity Casino Hotel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Taft Theatre
Nov. 3 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater
Nov. 4 – Chicago, Ill., Copernicus Center
Nov. 11 – Clearwater, Fla., Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov. 12 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Broward Center For The Perf. Arts
Nov. 18 – New Bedford, Mass., Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 

Presales for many shows begin next week.  General onsales, including VIP packages, for most dates start April 22.  Go to KansasBand.com for more information.