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Postby Chris » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:01 am

Kansas - Jam Thursday 9pm

My Take
Kansas is one of those bands that has earned the right to play at festivals like Moondance Jam as long as they want to play them. I always enjoyed their hits but became a real fan upon seeing them at Jam 16 in 2007. They have a huge catalog of great songs from their extensive career. I have never seen the band with the current lineup with Ronnie Platt as lead singer. I have heard good things, however. I am excited because they do more of their 80's hits (Like Play the Game Tonight and All I Wanted) that they ignored for years. Besides that, they will have 3 of the most recognizable songs on the Jam stage this year with Carry on Wayward Son, Point of Know Return, and Dust In the Wind. Because I did a writeup for Kansas when they played the Jam in 2009, I have included some more info on the band, which I have included below. Enjoy!

Setlist - June 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona
On the Other Side -
Point of Know Return -
Can I Tell You -
What's on My Mind -
The Wall -
All I Wanted -
Hold On -
Dust in the Wind -
Stand Beside Me -
Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel -
Paradox -
Play the Game Tonight -
Summer -
Rhythm in the Spirit -
Fight Fire With Fire -
Miracles Out of Nowhere -
(followed by 'Magnum Opus' snippet)
Carry On Wayward Son -

Songs I Can't Wait to Hear
Of course the songs everyone will know - Carry On Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind, Point of Know Return
All their 80's hits they neglected for so long - Play the Game Tonight, All I Wanted, Stand Beside Me
Honestly I think as a full setlist this may be the one I will know the best at this year's jam.


Billboard Top 100 Hits
1976 Carry On Wayward Son #11
1977 Point Of Know Return #28
1978 Dust In The Wind #6
1978 Portrait (He Knew) #64
1979 Lonely Wind #60
1979 People Of The South Wind #23
1979 Reason To Be #52
1980 Hold On #40
1980 Got To Rock On #76
1982 Play The Game Tonight #17
1982 Right Away #73
1983 Fight Fire With Fire #58
1986 All I Wanted #19
1987 Power #84

Moondance Jam Appearances
Jam IV in 1995
Jam 16 in 2007
Jam 18 in 2009

Did You Know?
Rich Williams and Phil Ehart have performed on every Kansas album.
Williams and Ehart are also the only current members who hale from the state of Kansas.
The album Point of Know Return reached #4, the band’s highest charting album.
The band had their first 8 albums reach gold or platinum.
Steve Walsh formed the band Streets in the early 80’s with Billy Greer.
Ehart, Greer, Williams, and David Ragsdale have a side project called Native Window.
The 1978 live album Two For The Show went platinum.
The album was released as it was heard live with no overdubs to cover up mistakes.
The cover for Two for the Show is based on a Norman Rockwell painting.
The band released a 2-disc 30th Anniversary edition of Two for the Show in 2008.’s Jeb Wright wrote the liner notes for the 30th Anniversary Release of Two For the Show.
Drummer Phil Ehart’s interview with Wright is featured in his book From the Vault – Volume I Stadium Rock.
The re-release of Two for the Show contains a full CD of previously unreleased tracks from the original recordings.
“Dust in the Wind” sold over a million copies as a single.
It also has gone gold as a digital download.
“Carry On Wayward Son” was the #2 most played song on classic rock radio in 1995.
In 1997, it went to #1.
Kansas sold out major arenas and even stadiums throughout the late 70’s.
Originally Ehart, Williams, Walsh, and Livgren were called originally White Clover.
Ragsdale has recorded with Queensryche, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Jason Bonham.
In 1983, “Fight Fire with Fire” reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
“Carry on Wayward Son” is featured on Guitar Hero II and Rock Band 2.
Livgren and former member Steve Morse both joined the band onstage in Topeka for the new DVD.
The music brought me to Moondance Jam. The people bring me back.
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Re: Kansas

Postby Reddog » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:16 am

You'll love Ronnie Platt, Chris! I saw them right before Steve Walsh retired and it was clear he wasn't the same vocalist anymore. Saw them on their first tour with Ronnie and he was incredible! He also seemed to re-energize the rest of the band. This will be a great show!
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Re: Kansas

Postby gopherboy6 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:50 pm

I'm excited about this one, love the fact that they are singing some of the songs that really hooked me on them.
Moondance Jam...the best 4, make that 7 days of my year!
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