The original lineup of Kansas will reunite for the first time in over 30 years at a 40th anniversary concert later in 2013.
Kerry Livgren, Dave Hope and Robby Steinhardt will make guest appearances with Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams during the celebratory event on August 17 in the Benedum Centre, Pittsburgh, PA.
Kansas are planning a two-set show. They’ll be accompanied by a 35-piece symphony orchestra for the first part, then after an intermission they’ll deliver a selection of classics.
Drummer Ehart says: “We do a symphony set then we do a regular set. And in the meantime we have Dave, Kerry and Robby playing on different songs with the current band throughout the whole show. We’ve got some great stuff planned for the intermission too – it’s gonna rock.”
He says they chose Pittsburgh because of the long-standing relationship they have with the city.
“Pittsburgh and the whole state of Pennsylvania discovered the band first,” he reflects. “We came here in the early days and it was like our home from home. We’re even using Rich Engler to promote this show at what used to be the Stanley Theater.
“Rich and the incredible Stanley Theater, just like the old days. How cool is that?”