Monday, January 12, 2009

Deep Purple Guitarist Steve Morse To Join Legendary Prog Rockers Kansas For 35th Anniversary Show

Legendary prog rock band Kansas are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year with a gala performance February 7th, 2009 at the White Concert Hall in Topeka, the eponymous state of Kansas. Both founding guitar player Kerry Livgren and current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse are confirmed as special guests. Steve was a lead guitarist for Kansas between 1986 and 1989 and played on two of their albums: Power (1986) and In the Spirit of Things (1988). The concert will be recorded for the live DVD and Blue-ray “There’s Know Place Like Home”.

Forming in Topeka, KS in 1970, Kansas' self-titled debut album was first released in 1974. The band appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks during the 70s and 80s while playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan.

The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including three multi-platinum releases, one platinum live album and eight gold albums with hit singles "Carry On Wayward Son" achieving gold status and "Dust In the Wind" reaching gold sales status in 1978 and again in 2005 with digital download sales.

Currently, Kansas features founding members Phil Ehart on drums, Steve Walsh on keyboards/vocals, Richard Williams on guitar with long time bass player/vocalist Billy Greer and David Ragsdale on violin/guitar.

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