Summer Concert Review: Kansas

Kansas, to me, is the greatest American rock band of all-time.

I'm a fan of progressive-type rock. And my friend from my college days turned me on to the work of Kansas, which goes way beyond the 2 or 3 songs that most classic rockers are familiar with ("Dust in the Wind", "Point of Know Return", and "Carry On Wayward Son").

They've had their share of personnel changes, but the core still exists, with original members Phil Ehart (drums) and Richard Williams (guitar).

I've been really impressed with their latest lead-singer hire in Ronnie Platt, who took over a few years ago when Steve Walsh decided to retire.

All kudos go, as well, to Kerry Livgren, who did most of the writing in the band's strong years in the 70's and early 80's. Livgren left, came back, then suffered a massive stroke, but has recovered remarkably well, and still collaborates from time to time with the current Kansas line-up.

I was also really impressed with the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights. It's an all-seat venue that holds a little over 4,200, and is still relatively new. The staff was friendly, the place was clean, the sound was impeccable, the video boards were spot on, and it's easy in and out right off I-70, just a short drive from the I-75 interchange.

SHOW RATING: 9 out of 10 stars

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