BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The band Kansas, one of the most popular progressive rock groups of all time, is coming to the Warfield in San Francisco on September 12th as part of a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their classic album “Leftoverture.”
Having produced eight gold and three multi-platinum albums , Kansas rapidly progressed from having a cult following to national prominence in the mid-70’s following the October 1976 release of “Leftoverture,” followed by the equally prolific “Point of Know Return” a year later. The two albums sold over ten million copies in the U.S. alone.
The popularity of the two releases quickly propelled the band to headlining status, selling out arenas and stadiums across North America. Kansas signature sound often blended elements of rock with complex symphonic arrangements, also incorporating synthesizers with violins and keyboards to produce a progressive art rock sound that veered into both classical and jazz.
The current tour will be special in that it promises to feature the first-ever complete live performances of “Leftoverture,” in sequence in it’s entirety. A timeless album that included such hits as “Carry on Wayward Son,” “What’s on My Mind,’ and “Miracles out of Nowhere,” the set will also include many of Kansas other best known hits in what is promised to be a two hour plus performance.
Additional career spanning hits such as “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of Know Return” and “Hold On” have been consistently included over the course of the tour, as have samplings from “The Prelude Implicit,” the bands fine recently released 15th studio album and their first of new material in 16 years.
Other Bay Area shows include the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel on September 2nd, the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on September 8th and the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton on September 9th. Tickets for the Warfield show are available at: https://www.axs.com/events/333848/kansas-tickets