I Went To See Kansas And Then I Went To See KansasPosted: March 23, 2014
So, I went to see Kansas. I jumped in a field. It’s a new sport that I think we invented. Field jumping. It’s a great way to get hilarious shadow pictures!
But that was last year.
This year, I went to see Kansas – the band. I was excited because this is not the kind of music I typically listen to. I was looking forward to seeing them perform.
The opening band was Arc And Stones.
Loud. Very. Very. Loud. But, one of the best drummers I’ve ever heard. Ever. I’m envious. I’m jealous. I want to be as good as he is some day.
And then Kansas took the stage.
Celebrating their 40th year as a band in 2013, KANSAS’ first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. “From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so.” Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time.
This “garage band” from Topeka was discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and released their first album in 1974.
The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. In fact, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most Played Track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.
To learn more about the band Kansas, click here.
I really thought I would know every word to every song all night long. I was so ready to sing. Boy, was I wrong.
Click here to hear Kansas sing “Dust in the Wind”.
Click here to hear Kansas sing “Carry on My Wayward Son”.
And that’s all I knew. I’m ashamed to admit it. I feel like a music flunky.