On November 10, 2012, KANSAS will be playing with Chicago as part of the American Freedom Festival at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will raise money for various organizations that serve and support veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors, and their families throughout the country.
Due to a prior family commitment, the marriage of his stepson, bassist Billy Greer will be unable to appear with the band that night. When faced with this dilemma, the band asked a familiar face for a favor, and, on this night, original bassist Dave Hope will come out of musical retirement to fill in for Greer. Another KANSAS touring alumnus from the 80’s, Terry Brock, will cover Greer’s vocals for the evening.
“We are really going to miss Billy that night, believe me! We really appreciate Dave and Terry stepping up and filling in for the night. They sound great and rehearsals were really rocking,” commented KANSAS drummer, and original member, Phil Ehart.
When asked about filling in for Greer, Hope stated, “It’s a thrill to be filling in for the night. After 28 years of not playing with the band, it feels like I’m stepping right back into high school. It’s especially an honor because of the purpose of the concert; we really appreciate all that the members of the United States military do for us.”
Tickets are on sale now and available at www.Ticketmaster.com. A very limited number of VIP packages, which include a meet and greet photo opportunity with the band KANSAS, are also available.
More information on the American Freedom Festival and American Freedom Foundation can be found at www.AmericanFreedomFoundation.org.
With their self-titled first album released in 1974, KANSAS went on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.” The band – which in addition to Ehart and Greer, is comprised of, singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, violinist David Ragsdale, and guitarist Richard Williams – continue to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.
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