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Kansas Celebrated
50 Years Of Musical Mastery

In Toledo 

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April 6, 2024

Kansas made a stop at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo on Friday night to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, and they absolutely crushed it.

Opening with "Belexes"  from their debut album, Kansas immediately transported the audience back in time, igniting a wave of excitement and emotion that would reverberate throughout the entire evening. The band's signature blend of progressive rock, intricate instrumentals, and heartfelt lyrics captivated the audience.

After the opening tune, the band played three of their biggest hits in a row.  "Point Of No Return," "Play the Game Tonight" and "Fight Fire With Fire" were all spot on and were led by original member, Rich Williams on lead guitar.

Long time bassist, Billy Greer served as the MC for the evening as he talked about certain songs and he even noted that original drummer, Phil Ehart is recovering from his recent heart attack and plans on rejoining the group soon.  

Lead vocalist Ronnie Platt showcased his remarkable range and stage presence, effortlessly channeling the spirit of original Kansas frontman Steve Walsh while infusing the performance with his own unique energy.  However, newest member Joe Deninzon stole the show with his incredible violin playing, rhythm guitar playing and backing vocals. 

The middle of show consisted of an acoustic set which featured, "People of the South Wind," "Reason To Be" and the iconic "Dust In The Wind."  To hear Williams play the intro to that song on the acoustic guitar was something special.

The show closed with great renditions of "The Wall" and "Miracles Out of Nowhere" from the classic Leftoverture lp, prompting the crowd to get on their feet and call out for an encore.

The band obliged by returning to play "Carry On My Wayward Son" to the delight of their adoring fans.  

After 50 years, and a few lineup changes, Kansas is still out there keeping their legacy intact.

Photos and review by Greg Drugan

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