David Ragsdale Departing KANSAS

May 22, 2023 – The band KANSAS would like to thank violinist David Ragsdale for his decades of dedicated musicianship as he departs the band to focus on personal matters.

David first joined KANSAS in 1991, reinstating the iconic violin sound into the band. His first tenure with the band lasted until 1996. During that time, he appeared on live album ‘Live at the Whiskey’ and the studio album ‘Freaks of Nature.’

Ragsdale rejoined KANSAS in 2006 and has been a constant with the band for the past 17 years.

“For 23 years, David Ragsdale has been the best bandmate anyone could ever hope to work with,” comments KANSAS manager and original drummer Phil Ehart. “He reinserted the band’s signature violin after years of its absence. Since then, he’s been a critical member of the KANSAS family. I speak for the entire organization in saying we will miss him and wish him all the best.”

David performed more than 1,600 concerts with KANSAS. He appeared on three studio albums (Freaks of Nature, The Prelude Implicit, and The Absence of Presence) and four live albums (Live at the Whiskey, There’s Know Place Like Home, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, and Point of Know Return Live & Beyond).

Ragsdale’s departure will not impact any KANSAS performance scheduling. A new KANSAS violinist will be announced in the coming days.

Photo Credit: Emily Butler

KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart has sustained an arm injury

KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart has sustained an arm injury. Because of this, he is under doctor’s orders to temporarily refrain from playing drums.

KANSAS, however, will still be performing this Saturday, October 15, at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA.

Multi-decade KANSAS drum tech, Eric Holmquist, will once again step behind Phil Ehart’s drum kit to perform with the band.

KANSAS looks forward to performing in front of a sold out crowd this Saturday in Bensalem.

Phil looks forward to returning behind his drum kit as soon as possible.

KANSAS Celebrates their 50th Anniversary in 2023

KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2023. To
commemorate this landmark occasion, current label InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce
Another Fork In The Road – 50 Years Of Kansas for release on the 9th December 2022. A career-
spanning collection, it features carefully-selected tracks from across the bands sizable discography, as
well as a new version of ‘Can I Tell You’. Originally recorded and released on their 1974 debut, the
song is updated by the current line-up, providing a full-circle perspective on the band’s long and
continuing history that has seen them release 16 studio albums and sell in excess of 30 million
albums worldwide.

Phil Ehart comments: “We are really honored by the commitment that InsideOut Music has put into
‘Another Fork in the Road.’ This is far more than just another greatest hits album. ‘Another Fork in the
Road’ is an in-depth representation of the evolving and winding musical journey of the band KANSAS
that’s been 50 years in the making.”

Another Fork In The Road – 50 Years Of Kansas will arrive as a 3CD Digipak collection, including
extensive liner notes by journalist Jeff Wagner, as well as pictures of rarely-seen memorabilia and
archive material, all overseen by founding member Phil Ehart. Pre-order now here:

The full track-listing is below. Please note, due to licensing restrictions there are minor differences
between the European & North American release.

Disc 1:
1.Can I Tell You (new 2022 version)
2.The Absence of Presence (The Absence of Presence, 2020)
3.Throwing Mountains (The Absence of Presence, 2020)
4.Crowded Isolation (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)
5.Summer (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)
6.The Voyage of Eight Eighteen (The Prelude Implicit, 2016)
7.Icarus II (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)
8.The Coming Dawn (Thanatopsis) (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)
9.Distant Vision (Somewhere to Elsewhere, 2000)
10.The Wall (Always Never the Same, 1998)
11.Dust in the Wind (Always Never the Same, 1998)
12.Desperate Times (Freaks of Nature, 1995)
13.Under The Knife (Freaks of Nature, 1995)

Disc 2:
1.House on Fire (In the Spirit of Things, 1988)
2.Rainmaker (In the Spirit of Things, 1988)
3.Silhouettes in Disguise (Power, 1986)
4.Secret Service (Power, 1986)
5.Three Pretenders (Power, 1986)
6.End of the Age (Drastic Measures, 1983)
7.Incident on a Bridge (Drastic Measures, 1983)
8.Play the Game Tonight (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
9.Crossfire (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
10.Windows (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
11.Hold On (Audio-Visions, 1980)
12.Loner (Audio-Visions, 1980)
13.No One Together (Audio-Visions, 1980)
14.On The Other Side (Monolith, 1979)
15.How My Soul Cries Out For You (Monolith, 1979)

Disc 3:
1.Carry On Wayward Son (Two for the Show, 1978)
2.Portrait (He Knew) (Point of Know Return, 1977)
3.Sparks of the Tempest (Point of Know Return, 1977)
4.Miracles Out of Nowhere (Leftoverture, 1976)
5.Magnum Opus (Leftoverture, 1976)
6.Icarus – Borne On Wings of Steel (Masque, 1975)
7.Child of Innocence (Masque, 1975)
8.Down The Road (Song for America, 1975)
9.Song For America (Song for America, 1975)
10.The Devil Game (Song for America, 1975)
11.Death of Mother Nature Suite (Kansas, 1974)
12.Belexes (Kansas, 1974)
13.Journey From Mariabronn (Kansas, 1974)

North America Version – Disc 2:
1.Fight Fire With Fire (Drastic Measures, 1983)
2.End of the Age (Drastic Measures, 1983)
3.Incident on a Bridge (Drastic Measures, 1983)
4.Play the Game Tonight (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
5.Crossfire (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
6.Windows (Vinyl Confessions, 1982)
7.Hold On (Audio-Visions, 1980)
8.Loner (Audio-Visions, 1980)
9.Curtain of Iron (Audio-Visions, 1980)
10.No One Together (Audio-Visions, 1980)
11.On The Other Side (Monolith, 1979)
12.Angels Have Fallen (Monolith, 1979)
13.How My Soul Cries Out For You (Monolith, 1979)

Kansas will celebrate their 50th anniversary with extensive touring in North America in 2023. The
band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer,
vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom
Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams.

For a full list of upcoming dates, head to: https://www.kansasband.com/tour-dates/

With a legendary career spanning five decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of
America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut
album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have
gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Composing a catalogue that includes sixteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS 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), one quadruple-
Platinum single ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ and another triple-Platinum 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. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ continues to be one of the top five most played songs on
classic rock radio, and ‘Dust In the Wind’ has been played on the radio more than three
million times!

The summer of 2020 marked the release of The Absence of Presence, KANSAS’s sixteenth studio
album, which debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart. The wide-ranging
progressive rock album, released by InsideOut Music, follows-up 2016’s The Prelude Implicit,
which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.

KANSAS online:


Phil Ehart & KANSAS team up with Coffeyville Coffee to release Wayward Son Coffee benefiting the Coffeyville, KS Midland Theater.

Phil Ehart & KANSAS team up with Coffeyville Coffee to release Wayward Son Coffee benefiting the Coffeyville, KS Midland Theater.

Order here: https://coffeyvillecoffee.com/products/wayward-son-med-dark-roast

Roast: Medium/Dark
Flavor Notes: Caramel, Creamy, Milk Chocolate, Roasted Almond
Quality and Flavor:
Organically-grown beans roasted in small batches with great attention to detail. That means every cup of Wayward Son will have the great taste you expect. Thoughtfully packaged in a compostable bag.

Story: Inspired by Coffeyviller Phil Ehart of the band Kansas

Phil says, “Carry On Wayward Son became our breakout hit after years of playing small town venues – like the grand old Midland Theater in my home town of Coffeyville. That is why profits from this coffee will be contributed to refurbish and sustain this magnificent theater. Thank you for joining me in this effort. I hope Wayward Son coffee helps you to carry on.”

$4 from every sale will go towards the restoration of the Midland Theater. Click hereto subscribe to the Midland Theater’s email list.

Tour Date Updates

This weekend’s KANSAS concerts scheduled for Thursday, August 18 in Pittsburg, KS and Saturday, August 20 in Selma, TX (w/guests .38 Special) are cancelled.

This is due to continued COVID related illness within the band.

Both concerts are cancelled.

KANSAS and both venues were hopeful that the events could be rescheduled for 2022. Unfortunately, the band’s touring schedule did not line up with either venue’s availability for the rest of 2022. Therefore, the decision was made to cancel both concerts.

Refunds can be processed at the original point of purchase.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see our fans in the states of Kansas and Texas soon.

KANSAS plans to resume touring on August 30 in Salem, OR at the Elsinore Theatre.

KANSAS Concerts w/Guests Blue Oyster Cult to be Rescheduled

This weekend’s KANSAS concerts w/guests Blue Oyster Cult on Friday, August 12 in Decatur, IL and Sunday, August 14 in Louisville, KY will not take place as scheduled.

Multiple individuals within the band KANSAS and its touring organization have tested positive for, and are experiencing symptoms from, COVID-19.

The August 12 concert in Decatur, IL is rescheduled for Friday, May 19, 2023. The special guest on this date is TBD.

The August 14 concert in Louisville, KY is rescheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2023. The special guest for this date is TBD.

Tickets for the original concerts will be honored for the rescheduled dates. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see our fans in Decatur and Louisville soon.

KANSAS plans to resume touring on August 18 in Pittsburg, KS at Kansas Crossing Casino.



Nashville, TN – October 4, 2021 – America’s preeminent progressive rock band, KANSAS, will be wrapping-up their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour in the United States with one final leg during the winter and spring of 2022. Originally launched as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour showcases classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, fan favorites, and will include selections from the band’s latest studio album The Absence of Presence. Tickets and KANSAS Premium Seat & Merchandise Packages for most newly announced Point of Know Return tour dates go on sale Friday, October 8, 2021. Point of Know Return dates rescheduled from 2020 are already on sale. Ticket information can be found at www.kansasband.com.

The KANSAS: Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour premiered September 28, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Earlier legs of the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour have been commemorated with the live album release Point of Know Return Live & Beyond. The live album was released May 28, 2021 by Inside Out Music. Point of Know Return Live & Beyond is available here: https://kansas.lnk.to/PointofKnowReturn-LiveBeyond.

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 studio 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.

“We were in the final legs of the latest Point of Know Return Tour in the United States and Europe when COVID halted touring around the world,” commented KANSAS drummer and original member Phil Ehart. “With so many Point of Know Return dates needing to be rescheduled from 2020 into 2021 and 2022, it made sense to extend the tour into more cities in the United States during that time period. When it is all said and done, this tour will have spanned nearly 150 dates and a live album. Next, we look toward KANSAS’s 50th Anniversary!”

Throughout the tour, live shows not only culminate with the album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety, but KANSAS also performs classic hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites. In some cases, the band even puts a new spin on a KANSAS classic. The tour will also include select songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 2020 studio album The Absence of Presence. The KANSAS musical event has songs for every type of KANSAS fan.

KANSAS is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, and original guitarist Richard Williams. Originally formed in 1973 in Topeka, KS, the band’s documentary film KANSAS: Miracles Out of Nowhere is currently being broadcast on AXSTV. KANSAS has released 16 studio albums, including its most recent releases The Prelude Implicit (2016) and The Absence of Presence (2020). With no signs of slowing down, KANSAS continues to ‘carry on;’ performing in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world.


November 13, 2021 Cedar Rapids, IA Paramount Theatre
November 18, 2021 Newark, OH Midland Theatre
November 19, 2021 Marietta, OH Peoples Bank Theatre
November 20, 2021 Marietta, OH Peoples Bank Theatre
December 3, 2021 Elkhart, IN The Lerner Theatre
December 4, 2021 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
December 10, 2021 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
December 11, 2021 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
December 16, 2021 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center
December 18, 2021 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
December 19, 2021 Tysons, VA Capital One Hall
January 7, 2022 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre
January 8, 2022 Montgomery, AL The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
January 14, 2022 Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
January 15, 2022 Fayetteville, NC Crown Theater
January 21, 2022 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theater
January 28, 2022 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
January 30, 2022 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center – Steinmetz Hall
February 3, 2022 Evansville, IN Victory Theatre
February 5, 2022 Ashland, KY Paramount Arts Center
February 9, 2022 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre
February 11, 2022 Lubbock, TX The Buddy Holly Hall
February 12, 2022 Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
February 16, 2022 Beaumont, TX Jefferson Theatre
February 17, 2022 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
February 19, 2022 McAllen, TX McAllen Performing Arts Center
February 25, 2022 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Center for the Arts
February 26, 2022 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
March 3, 2022 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square
March 5, 2022 Tiffin, OH The Ritz Theater
March 6, 2022 Saginaw, MI DOW Event Center Theater
March 11, 2022 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
March 12, 2022 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
March 19, 2022 Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium
March 20, 2022 Athens, GA Classic Center
March 25, 2022 Fort Smith, AR ArcBest Performing Arts Center
March 26, 2022 Jonesboro, AR First National Bank Arena
April 2, 2022 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
April 8, 2022 St. Joseph, MO Missouri Theater
April 9, 2022 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
April 14, 2022 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
April 15, 2022 Buffalo, NY Shea’s Performing Arts Center
April 30, 2022 Las Vegas, NV The Smith Center
May 1, 2022 Thousand Oaks, CA Bank of America Performing Arts Center
May 5, 2022 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic
May 8, 2022 Salem, OR Elsinore Theatre
May 10, 2022 Boise, ID Morrison Center
May 12, 2022 Grand Junction, CO The Avalon Theatre
May 14, 2022 Pueblo, CO Pueblo Memorial Hall
May 18, 2022 Manhattan, KS McCain Auditorium
May 20, 2022 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
May 21, 2022 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena

*Tickets go on sale October 15, 2021


October 11, 2022 Amsterdam, Netherlands Royal Theatre Carre
October 12, 2022 Hamburg, Germany Docks
October 14, 2022 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Culture House
October 15, 2022 Tempere, Finland Tamperetalo
October 17, 2022 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
October 18, 2022 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
October 20, 2022 Berlin, Germany Tempodrom
October 22, 2022 Bochum, Germany RuhrCongress
October 23, 2022 Brussels, Belgium Cirque Royale
October 25, 2022 Paris, France L’Olympia Theatre
October 26, 2022 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
October 28, 2022 Frankfurt, Germany arhunderthalle
October 30, 2022 Heilbronn, Germany Harmonie
October 31, 2022 München, Germany Circus Krone
November 3, 2022 London, United Kingdom The London Palladium