Have any of you attended a Kansas concert?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by IMMusicRulz, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. IMMusicRulz

    IMMusicRulz Commercial User

    Aug 3, 2020
    Atlanta, GA
    I am a semi-professional musician
    Before I get to posting, I would like to dedicate this thread to the memory of Kansas violinist Robby Steinhardt, who died on Monday.

    As much as they were scorned by critics, Kansas was a pretty good rock band. Kerry Livgren was a great keyboardist composer and guitarist, and Robby Steinhardt was as mentioned earlier, an excellent violinist.
    And Dave Hope—his bass playing on Song For America is fantastic.
    I own the live 2 record set Two For The Show and the album Monolith. I also had Leftoverture several years ago, and chucked that.

    But I have heard that Kansas was a pretty good live band. Most of the members live in Atlanta (which I find cool because I live in ATL) even though Kerry Livgren recently moved to South Dakota from Atlanta. My parents are huge fans of Kansas, Heart, Styx, REO Speedwagon.

    But if you have any experience attending a Kansas concert please let me know.
  2. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    I only saw them once but it was this show and they killed it:
  3. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Saw them about 75, I think they were touring behind SFA that had come out the year before, and of course they kicked ass. Saw them open for Queen when they did the Night at the Opera tour (Bohemian Rhapsody) maybe like 76 or 77 , that was along time ago. It was also the opening night of the tour for Queen so probably first live performance of Bohemian Rhapsody in the US maybe, at any rate both bands were great and kicked ass :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  4. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008

    one of my faves by these guys
  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    1975, I saw Kansas in Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas, to be exact. I’m from Kansas City, Missouri, the core of the metroplitan area; I won’t try to explain, it’s complicated, but there are areas where you can just walk across the street to be in one state or the other(while still being, technically, in Kansas City). They were from Topeka, the state capitol, an hour and a half down I-70, and this was a homecoming concert of sorts with them headlining at Memorial Hall, an old 3500 seater that saw many shows(Patsy Cline’s last one took place there). They rocked it hard and were very tight; Aerosmith, who hadn’t quite broken big yet with Toys In The Attic were on before them, and put in a good turn. The first act, Head East, I found utterly annoying, I really hated that ‘Down For The Last Time’ song, just dumb stuff.
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  6. b/o 402

    b/o 402

    Jul 14, 2015
    DC & MD
    I saw Kansas in 1978 at Meriwether Post Pavilion. Truly one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few.
    Also saw the John Elefante versión in about 1982, opening for Heart. Both were disappointing.
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  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I saw them a couple times. Count me as impressed. They were great live.
  8. Only once, as the opening act on the Yes Masterworks tour around 2000.
    They were excellent, definitely on top of their game and stage presence.
    Song for America was a highlight of their set, ferociously played and tight.
  9. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    No, but i saw Head East open for Heart in the 80s
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  10. ComeHomeShane

    ComeHomeShane Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2016
    Southern California
    I guess I'm too young to know... but Kansas was scorned by critics? Why?
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  11. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I saw Kansas on their Audio-Visions tour in Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium.

    I still recall the green laser, Steve Walsh catapulting himself while barely holding onto his keyboard and having an awesome time.

    RIP to Robby.
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  12. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    This is what happens when you put Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rush, and a keg of PBR in a giant bender with a sprinkle of Judas Priest, and CCR. F'n LOVE IT!!

    EDIT: Yeah... I'm old. LOL
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  13. Bajo Clarkko

    Bajo Clarkko

    Aug 9, 2015
    I saw them in the late 80’s at the San Diego Sports Arena, when Steve Morse was playing with them.

    I’d have loved to have seen them on the ‘Song For America’ tour, as Dave Hope is one of my favorite Bass Players.
    (I’ve seen Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Andy West, Dave LaRue, Tiran Porter, Rhonda Smith, and a whole lot of other great Bassists, and I STILL wish I had seen Dave Hope.)
  14. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    You’d have to ask Jann Wenner.
  15. projectapollo

    projectapollo Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I saw Masque and Lefoverature tours when I was in college. Awesome live sets.
    Then a third time years later without Kerry Livgren as an opening act for Yes.
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  16. skygzr


    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    Saw them on this same tour at an outdoor venue in NC. Never was a huge fan but I was impressed that they still seemed to be having fun after all those years. Same for Yes!

    Wow, I just looked up the concert…Aug 28th, 2000. Twenty-one years ago! Tick tick tick tick……
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  17. EddiePlaysBass


    Feb 26, 2009
    Never got to see Kansas, but I did see Proto-Kaw in a small club in Belgium and they ACED it. To date, that concert is in my top 3 of best concerts ever.

    I had tickets for a combined Kansas/Uriah Heep show which would have been the pinnacle (hehehe) of live music for me but Kansas bailed on that tour :(
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  18. Janforth

    Janforth Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    I saw them in 1987, the show was on Long Island at Brookhaven gym, no violinist, Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, Steve Walsh, Steve Morse, and Billy Greer, the show was good.
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  19. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    Never seen them live but any band with Steve Morse in it would pretty much have to be good.
  20. Janforth

    Janforth Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    I always liked Kansas, more now than I did back then, I was a big Morse - Dregs (Dixie) fan