Photos: Kansas “Point of No Return” 40th anniversary tour comes to Paramount Theatre in Oakland


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Kansas drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Richard Williams are not wayward sons, nor are they dust in the wind. Cliche away. But keep reading.

The two remaining original band members were joined by longtime Kansas bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist Tom Brislin, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale and guitarist Zak Rizvi as they performed at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Wednesday night.

Opening with a five-song acoustic set and after a variety of new and old tunes, they played the 1977 “Point of No Return” album in it’s entirety, including the generation-spanning acoustic fingerpicking hit “Dust in the Wind.”

The band’s first album “Kansas” debuted in 1974, but they’re best known for “Point of No Return and the 1976 “Leftoverture.” A prolific band with a number of lineup changes, they’ve done 15 albums to date, the most recent being 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit.”

Stately album title, but would love to ask the band what it means.

The crowd, mostly baby boomers with a dash of hipster, were often times on their feet at the beautiful 1931 Art Deco concert hall as the band ripped through a variety of complex, tightly-woven prog rock tunes.

Our longtime music critic Jim Harrington wasn’t able to be in the house on this particular evening, so after putting down my cameras and donning my bass and drum-playing musician and writer’s cap, I had several takeaways on tonight’s incredible show.

Disclaimer: I’ve never seen Kansas before, but they remind me of high school.

1. Even though I noticed one older fan sound asleep in the row behind me midway through the show, perhaps being partially attributed to the sound not overpowering the room or the guy being a good sleeper, the band was super tight and highly …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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