Iconic rock band KANSAS — with ties to Dodge City dating back to the early 1970s — will take the stage tonight at the United Wireless Arena.

The band is wrapping up its Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour which plays the Leftoverture playlist completely, hits and tracks from its latest album, The Prelude Implicit.

A live album from the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour — titled Leftoverture: Live & Beyond — will be released in early November.

Leftoverture was the fourth studio album by KANSAS, released in 1976. The songs on the album included "Carry On Wayward Son," "The Wall," "What’s on My Mind," "Miracles Out of Nowhere," "Opus Insert," "Questions of My Childhood," "Cheyenne Anthem," and "Magnum Opus," which includes "Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat," "Howling at the Moon," "Man Overboard," "Industry on Parade," "Release the Beavers," and "Gnat Attack."

KANSAS, consists of Ronnie Pratt on vocals, original member Richard Williams on guitar, original drummer Phil Ehart, Billy Greer on bass/vocals, David Manion on keyboards, David Ragsdale on violin/guitar and Zak Rizvi on guitar. The show at United Wireless Arena begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

"We’re busier than ever," Williams said in an interview with the Daily Globe earlier this month. "When we put out the new album, we needed a way to get that music to our fans, so the tour, with 2 and a half hour shows, features our hits, Leftoverture and songs from the new album.

"We knew classic rock (radio) stations wouldn’t play new music and there was no radio genre which would. It’s been amazing how our fans have taken to the new music, which is why we’re going back to the studio in January for a new album."

According to Williams, once the new album is completed, the band will once again hit the road to promote it — with a small twist.

"Next year is the 40th anniversary of Point of Know Return," he said. "So, like Leftoveture, we can celebrate an anniversary and once again bring new music to our fans."

"I’m excited KANSAS is coming back to Dodge City and they’re bringing a historical show," said Chris Ragland, executive director of United Wireless Arena, in an interview earlier this month. "We’re happy to have them back, their show last time was great.

"We still have good seats left and encourage anyone who would like to see the band to come on out."

For more information, contact the arena box office at 371-7878 or purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.


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