Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kansas with King's X American tour Late Summer/Fall 2012

Kansas Facebook Page


After wrapping the immensely popular KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour of Spring 2012, America’s greatest progressive rock band, KANSAS, is transitioning to a more traditional tour approach for the fall. Without missing a beat, the band will be headlining shows in cities throughout the United States from September to November.

Original member and guitar virtuoso, Richard Williams, had this to say about the fall tour, “We are really looking forward to the upcoming shows with King’s X. They're a great band and a force to be reckoned with. It's a tour like this that allows us to dig a little bit deeper into our catalogue and play a few songs that KANSAS fans haven't heard for a while. It's gonna be a lot of fun!”

On most dates, fellow rockers King’s X will support KANSAS on the tour. dUg Pinick stated, “I've been a huge KANSAS fan since the beginning. I remember sitting on the floor with my friends listening to the just released record "Song for America" forward years later, King's X is going on tour with them!! It is an honor to be doing shows with them. This is gonna rock!!” King’s X is also comprised of drummer Jerry Gaskill and lead guitarist Ty Tabor. This tour will mark the first major tour for King’s X since Gaskill’s remarkable recovery from a major heart attack earlier this year.

On select dates the one-man band, That 1 Guy, Mike Silverman, will open the show.

For the first time ever, KANSAS is partnering with Music One Live to offer a limited number of Premium and VIP ticket packages, as well as exclusive merchandise, for most shows. These exciting packages, available for purchase directly from KANSAS’s official Facebook page (, will offer fans the very best seats in the house. The VIP ticket packages will also provide a limited number of fans a meet and greet photo opportunity with KANSAS. Fans are also encouraged to regularly stay connected with the band’s Facebook page for concert presale information.

With their self-titled first album released in 1974, KANSAS went on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.” The band – which in addition to Williams, is comprised of drummer Phil Ehart, singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale – continue to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.

Confirmed tour dates and venues with more to be added. Tickets on sale June 15, 2012 unless otherwise noted.

September 13, 2012 – New York, NY (Best Buy Theater)
September 14, 2012 – Bethlehem, PA (Sands Bethlehem Events Center)
September 15, 2012 – Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Spa & Resort - Music Box)
September 21, 2012 – St. Charles, IL (Arcadia Theater)* **
September 22, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN (The Myth)** ***

October 5, 2012 – Salina, KS (Steifel Theatre for Performing Arts)*
October 6, 2012 – Kansas City, MO (Uptown Theatre)
October 12, 2012 – Montgomery, AL (Alabama National Fair)***
October 14, 2012 – Dallas, TX (State Fair of Texas)** ***
October 19, 2012 – Little Rock, AR (Arkansas State Fair)


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* Denotes tickets go on sale June 1, 2012
** Denotes King’s X is not confirmed for this date
*** Denotes That 1 Guy is not confirmed for this date

September 22nd at the newest venue in Minnesota "The Brick" (for now, as many shows have been moved from that venue). Seeing Kansas is nice, but not something that's really a longtime coming or looking forward-to, as I've seen them I recall 4 or maybe 5 times, the last being in 2009 or 2010 at Target Center opening for Styx (again) But seeing King's X again, even opening, is a big deal.


a) King's X and this other band "That 1 Guy" are still not yet confirmed for the show in Minneapolis along with many of those other dates yet

b) and this tour, while hopefully will happen, should not by any means be forgotten about King's X and Jerry Gaskill's health. He had a HEART ATTACK only a few months ago, and while he's doing well now, by all indications, having him going out and doing a tour, 6 months later, I can't help but still have some concern.

but, if he is cleared by doctors and feels up for it, and King's X are on the bill in Minneapolis, certainly it'll be another big show to plan for come this September (Rush and Pat Metheny as well, among others).