America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be touring select U.S. cities this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase more than two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.
Tickets and KANSAS VIP Packages for most dates go on sale to the general public Friday, March 23, 2018. Ticket information can be found at www.kansasband.com.
In 1977, KANSAS followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
“After the success of the album Leftoverture, it was hard to imagine when we released Point of Know Return that this album would be even bigger, but it was,” comments KANSAS guitarist, and original member, Richard Williams. “From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album Point of Know Return is really ingrained in Rock N Roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album Leftoverture in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this Point of Know Return Tour just as much, and hopefully even more!“
Throughout the tour, live shows will not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS will also perform classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. The band has not publicly performed some songs in the more than two-hour KANSAS musical event in decades, if ever.
KANSAS lead vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform. These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets. Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that KANSAS has not performed live for twenty or thirty years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun.”
KANSAS POINT OF KNOW RETURN ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONFIRMED DATES:
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE September 28 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center September 29 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium October 5 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre October 6 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall October 12 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater October 13 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater October 19 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland October 20 St. Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theater October 26 Kalamazoo, MI The State Theatre October 27 Detroit, MI Fox Theater November 2 San Antonio, TX The Tobin Center for Performing Arts November 3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theater November 9 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre November 10 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre November 16 Huntington, NY The Paramount November 17 Worcester, MA Hanover Theatre November 23 Wilkes-Barre, PA The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts November 24 Baltimore, MD Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric November 30 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium December 1 Columbia, SC The Township Auditorium December 6 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre December 8 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall December 14 Daytona Beach, FL Peabody Auditorium December 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center
PS – If you read this far, the passcode for the fan club pre-sale starting at 10AM on Tuesday, March 20 is KANSASBAND.
Big Big Train are one of the busiest bands around so it was a thrill when the band’s bassist and one of its lead songwriters, Greg Spawton, agreed to do a segment for My Prog Five. His selection takes us back to when he first discovered prog through what appeals to him today for a great variety of choices. Please check this out for a fascinating 45 minutes with one of prog’s best songwriters.
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Veteran Swedish progressive rockers The Flower Kings released the first part of a career spanning boxset titled ‘A Kingdom of Colours (1995-2002)’ late last year, covering the period starting with ‘Back in the World of Adventures’ to ‘Unfold the Future’ over the course of 10 discs. Now they are pleased to announce the release of ‘A Kingdom of Colours 2 (2004 – 2013) which covers the albums from ‘Adam & Eve’ to ‘Desolation Rose’ and also includes 3 discs of bonus material dating back from 1995. As with the first part of the boxset, there is a brand new interview with band leader Roine Stolt conducted by journalist Dom Lawson (The Guardian, Prog Magazine), giving a history of this period of the band’s existence.
Find the full track-listing for the boxset below: Adam & Eve
1 Love Supreme 19:50 2 Cosmic Circus 3:00 3 Babylon 2:41 4 A Vampires View 8:50 5 Days Gone By 1:10 6 Adam & Eve 7:50 7 Starlight Man 3:30 8 Timelines 7:40 9 Drivers Seat 18:22 10 The Blade of Cain 5:00
CD1 1 Check In 1:37 2 Monsters & Men 21:21 3 Jealousy 3:22 4 Hit Me With a Hit 5:32 5 Pioneers of Aviation 7:49 6 Lucy Had a Dream 5:28 7 Bavarian Skies 6:34 8 Selfconsuming Fire 5:49 9 Mommy Leave the Light On 4:38 10 End on a High Note 10:43
CD2 1 Minor Giant Steps 12:13 2 Touch My Heaven 6:09 3 The Unorthodox Dancinglesson 5:23 4 Man of the World 5:59 5 Life Will Kill You 7:02 6 The Way the Waters Are Moving 3:11 7 What If God Is Alone 7:00 8 Paradox Hotel 6:30 9 Blue Planet 9:43
The Sum of No Evil
1 One More Time 13:04 2 Love Is the Only Answer 24:28 3 Trading My Soul 6:25 4 The Sum of No Reason 13:25 5 Flight 999 Brimstone Air 5:00 6 Life in Motion 12:34
Banks Of Eden
1 Numbers 25:20 2 For the Love of Gold 7:30 3 Pandemonium 6:05 4 For Those About to Drown 6:50 5 Rising the Imperial 7:40
1 Tower One 13:37 2 Sleeping Bones 4:16 3 Desolation Road 4:00 4 White Tuxedos 6:30 5 The Resurrected Judas 8:24 6 The Silent Masses 6:17 7 Last Carnivore 4:22 8 Dark Fascist Skies 6:05 9 Blood of Eden 3:12 10 Silent Graveyards 2:52
Bonus Disc 1
1 Kite 07:32 2 Buffalo Man 05:28 3 The Flower King (re-recording 1998) 11:46 4 Stardust We Are (re-recording 1998) 08:57 5 Last Exit 09:17 6 Brazilian Woman 04:18 7 Dexter Frank Jr. 02:24 8 Agent Supreme 02:34 9 Space Traveller 13:10
Bonus Disc 2
1 Petit Heritage 02:02 2 A Good Heart 05:21 3 The Crown and The Cross 04:54 4 King of Grief 03:51 5 She Carved Me a Wooden Heart 05:59 6 Space Revolver 07:33 7 Jupiter Backwards 06:25 8 The River 05:43 9 Turn The Stone 05:07 10 Regal Divers 06:01
Bonus Disc 3
1 Illuminati 06:20 2 Fireghosts 05:50 3 Going Up 05:10 4 LoLines 04:40 5 Runaway Train 04:41 6 Interstellar Visitations 08:24 7 Lazy Monkey 02:25 8 Psalm 2013 02:10 9 The Wailing Wall 03:18 10 Badbeats 05:24 11 Burning Spears 03:15 12 The Final Era 02:57
The first set of bands for Cruise to the Edge 2019 have been released and as usual it is a intriguing mix of former performers and new acts. Yes returns as the main headliner along with the incredible Steve Hackett. Mike Portnoy is set to return next year, but is listed as only Mike Portnoy with word as to what he will be performing or with who. Also appearing as a solo act is Portnoy’s former Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess. Other returning acts include PFM, who make there return after being missed the last 2 trips, along with Frost, Airbag, and John Lodge. Among the acts making their debut on Cruise to the Edge are Riverside and Gazpacho.
The cruise will also mark the debut of Dave Kerzner’s new group, In Continuum. The group will feature Kerzner on keyboards and lead vocals along with lead vocalist Gabriel Agudo (Steve Rothery Band, Bad Dreams), lead vocalist Jon Davison (Yes), multi-instrumentalist Matt Dorsey of SOC, former SOC touring guitarists Randy McStine (The Fringe) and John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), drummers Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train) and Derek Cintron (Dave Kerzner Band), multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo (Dave Kerzner Band) and more!
More bands are expected to be announced over the course of the year.
For this podcast, we are pleased to welcome Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band/Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress) to the Top 5 show as he discusses his favorite Dream Theater songs along with Prog Report host Roie Avin and former record exec/Dream Theater super fan Kyle Graves. The three of them get into some great stories and cover a lot of songs. You might want to make your own top 5. Thanks for tuning in.
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Tesseract are set to release their 4th studio album, ‘Sander’ on April 20th via Kscope. Now comes the premiere of the video for the track “King.”
Sonder adds significant firepower to the band’s arsenal, blending the harsh abrasiveness of One (2011) and progressive ethereal elements of Altered State (2013) with the accessibility of Polaris (2015). Sonder is streamlined, honest and direct with all the trademark TesseracT dreamy atmospherics and bending grooves. Sonder was recorded in the UK at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, engineered by the band and Aiden O’Brien with mastering by Acle Kahney, and cover artwork designed by Amos Williams.
Sonderwill be released on CD / 2CD – featuring binaural album bonus disc / black LP / Crystal Clear vinyl LP / picture disc (exclusive to the band’s webstores) and digitally (with digital album pre-order receiving “Luminary” as an instant download) and is available to pre order HERE.