Well known as the voice of Kansas, Steve Walsh created, characterized and influenced a main part of progressive Rock all over the world. He is, without dispute, one of the best lead vocalists of all times! His vocals and keyboard playing are mostly associated with songs like "Carry On Wayward Son", "Dust in the Wind" or "Point of Know Return".  His powerful voice and his unique emotional interpretation of music and lyrics became a basic part of my life since I heard his vocals for the first time in 1979. He accompanied me through all these years, moods and emotions, and even after all this time, I get a gooseflesh when I am listening to him.

Thinking and knowing that many fans all over the world feel the same as I do, I want to dedicate this page to him! Thanks for being part of my life!

            

KANSAS' first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974, "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early 70's, what "seemed to be different," was actually ahead of its time.

The members who make up KANSAS are:

Phil Ehart (drummer),      

Billy Greer (bass guitar, vocals),

Robby Steinhardt (violin, vocals),  

Steve Walsh (lead vocals, keyboards),  

Richard Williams (lead and acoustic guitar).  

 

From the beginning, KANSAS achieved success by playing only their original music. This "garage band" from Topeka was discovered by Wally Gold who worked for Don Kirshner and released their first album in 1974.

   

   

   

The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold 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. In fact, "Carry On Wayward Son" was the #2 most Played Track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997. In 1998, KANSAS released an orchestral CD, "Always Never the Same" recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. They followed with an orchestral tour accompanied by top-caliber symphony orchestras.

2000, KANSAS went back into the studio with original band member and songwriter Kerry Livgren to produce "Somewhere to Elsewhere," the first CD featuring all 6 of the original players in 20 years! The ten new songs were written by Kerry Livgren and recorded in his studio in Topeka, KS. Players included: Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh and Richard Williams.

2001 brought the much anticipated, digitally re-mastered release of "Masque" and "Leftoverture," including never-released demos and live cuts. The digital re-master of "Point of Know Return" was released in February 2002. It will also includes 2 new live cuts.

Original member and drumming master, Phil Ehart said, "We always have our eyes on the horizon. We are always looking for new ways to capture the essence of our music and of our performance. Now, KANSAS is releasing a state-of-the-art DVD using the latest technology in film, audio and visual design." Device Voice Drum will be the driving force behind the 2002/2003 tour.

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