Kansas might've had more line-up changes than we can think about, but with whom did it all begin?
Drummer Phil Ehart of American rock band Kansas maintains that it was he who first brought the original band members together back in 1973, in a forthcoming documentary entitled 'Miracles Out of Nowhere'.
For the first ten years of their union, Kansas was made up of Phil Ehart, lead vocalist Steve Walsh, guitarist Richard Williams, violinist Robbie Steinhardt, guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren and bassist Dave Hope, releasing no less than seven albums as a group - three of which went Platinum in the US. While Phil himself remains modest of his work creating the band, he admits it was him who 'made the phone calls'.
'I had something in mind', he revealed. 'I really knew the guys that I wanted to play with. The first person I called was Steve and the next day I called Rich.' Between Phil and Rich, they both decided that Dave was the best person for the bassist position, but Phil was eager to bring in another impressive musician that he had not yet introduced himself to. 'I remember being in Lawrence, Kansas and seeing [Robbie] playing and singing and I just thought that is a guy that I need to be in a band with', he recalls. 'I've never seen anybody else like that guy.'
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Former Shooting Star Band frontman Ronnie Platt will replace Steve Walsh in Kansas after the singer walks away from the Dust In The Wind hitmakers following a final gig next month (Aug14).
Walsh announced his decision to leave the band earlier this month (Jul14), and his bandmates haven't wasted any time in finding their next singer.
Platt's first show with the band will be in Oklahoma on 12 September (14).
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Longtime Kansas star Steve Walsh has stunned fans by announcing his decision to quit the classic rock group.
Walsh will be making his final performance with the band at a Sioux City show in Iowa on 16 August (14).
In an emailed statement to Melodic Rock magazine, the singer, who has been a part of Kansas on and off since 1973, writes, "Sometimes, I had to pinch myself just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming that at my age I was still playing in a great band in front of great fans.
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Insane Clown Posse are the world's worst musical artists, according to BLENDER magazine's controversial poll.
The publication justifies its choice by explaining, "Two trailer-trash types who wear face paint, pretend to be a street gang and drench cult devotees in cheap soda called FAYGO, VIOLENT J and Shaggy 2 DOPE are more notorious for their beef with Eminem (who pistol-whipped an ICP homey in 2001) than their ham-fisted rap-rock music."
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