Two of the most progressive albums of the ’70s, ‘Leftoverture’ and ‘Point of Know Return’ by Kansas, will see a resurgence: the popular classic rock band has announced a special show at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The shows on Dec. 14, will find Kansas, for the first time, performing the classic albums back-to-back for one night only.
Drummer, Phil Ehart, a founding member of the group, spoke about playing at the iconic venue: “The Beacon, that’s a very special show. We’ve all played there, but we’ve played there at different times or with other bands. Going in with Kansas and doing ‘Leftoverture’ and ‘Point of Know Return’ in their entirety, is kind of throwing the dice. Nothing’s ever guaranteed, but we knew when the offer came to do the show that we had to make it special.”
The tentative set list that the band has put together has them starting off the shows with an acoustic set of fan favorites from the Kansas catalog, and then performing the two classic ’70s albums. Ehart expects that the shows will be length: “It’s going to run a couple of hours,” he said. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday. You can find ticket information and VIP packages at the band’s website.
In 2016, Kansas released ‘The Prelude Implicit, their first studio album in more than 15 years. Not long after that, they started playing the ‘Leftoverture’ album in its entirety. The success of the shows and public reaction, resulted in dates being added to the calendar.
The popularity is something that Ehart and band members might have taken for granted. He said, “Performing both albums over the past few years added some new perspective. I guess one thing that we had forgotten about, and our fans reminded us, is how big those albums were and how popular those albums were. Those two albums really shot us into a headlining situation we hadn’t experienced before.”
The band will head back into the studio in August to complete work on new music. Ehart said, “It won’t come out for another year, because we still have to mix it and everything. We’ll probably be done near the end of this year and then it will come out in 2020, probably in the summertime of 2020.” As far as new music goes, Ehart said, “‘What is it going to sound like?’ We were very happy with the last album and we think that this one will even be better.”
Ehart says he’ll oversee the sessions, with writing contributions coming from the band. “We’ve got at least a couple of epic tracks, listening to what has been written so far.”