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Kansas has just announced its 48-date, 50th anniversary “Another Fork In The Road Tour.” The band kicks things off on June 2nd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts and criss-crosses the continent, before finally wrapping on May 21st at Louisville, Kentucky’s Iroquois Amphitheater. Additional dates will soon be announced.

Leading Kansas these days are co-founders Phil Ehart on drums and guitarist Rich Williams, who are supplemented by singer-keyboardist Ronnie Platt and keyboardist Tom Brislin.

Richard Williams said in a statement announcing the dates:

Our entire career has been a winding journey. Whether it’s been the “original” lineup signing with Don Kirshner, years on the bus, touring with Queen, worldwide success peaking with Leftoverture & Point of Know Return, the valleys of the 90’s and “dinosaur bands” losing steam, various lineup changes, to our most recent “rebirth” and success of our latest new music over the last eight years; there have been several forks in the road of that journey. This 50th Anniversary Tour and release will represent that journey and the forks along that road.

Phil Ehart looked back over 45-years-ago and recalled to us when he and Kansas first realized that Leftoverture just might be a hit: “When we heard ‘. . . Wayward Son,’ once it was finished and listened back to, we all kinda looked at each other and went, ‘Y’know, this could be something very special. This could possibly do something no other song has done.’ Of course, as soon as it got out there, it just exploded. So, we had a little bit of a feeling, but there was no slam dunks with Kansas, ever. There never has been. We did feel very strongly (laughs) about ‘Dust In The Wind’; we thought, ‘That should do well on the radio’ — and of course, it did.”

JUST ANNOUNCED: Kansas tour dates (subject to change):

June 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
June 3 – Baltimore, MD – The Lyric Baltimore
June 9, 10 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
June 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
June 17 – Detroit, MI – Fisher Theatre
June 29 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
July 1 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
July 7 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
July 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
July 14 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
July 21 – Wausau, WI – Grand Theater
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
July 27 – Kansas City, MO – TMidland Theatre
July 29 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
August 4 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
August 5 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
August 18 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
August 19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
August 25 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
August 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
September 6 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
September 8 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
September 9 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 12 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
September 14 – San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Theatre
September 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
September 17 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
September 20 – TBA
September 22 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
September 24 – El Paso, TX – Plaza Theatre
October 12 – Worcester, MA – Hanover Theatre
October 13 – Brookville, NY – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
October 20 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
October 21 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
October 26 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center at Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
October 27 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
November 3 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
November 4 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
December 1 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre
December 2 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
January 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
January 13 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
January 19 – Fort Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
January 20 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
January 27 – Melbourne, FL – Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
January 28 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts