Topeka’s favorite sons, Kansas, are prepping their first new album in sixteen years for release next month. The Prelude Implicit is due Friday September 23, and will mark the band’s first release since 2000’s Somewhere To Elsewhere. During the span between albums, the band were on the road a lot, and released three live albums.
They also lost their longtime vocalist Steve Walsh, who left in 2014, saying “it’s time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that.” Consequently, The Prelude Implicit will be the first Kansas album featuring lead vocals from Ronnie Platt, the keyboard player who replaced Walsh not long after he left.
The album is also producer and songwriter Zak Rizvi‘s first official project with the band. With his appearance, Kansas are toting two guitarists for the first time since 1991, when Steve Morse exited.
Last month, the band teased the forthcoming album with a video which scanned through the tracklisting. “Whether it is the trademark prog epic like The Voyage of Eight Eighteen, biting rocker such as Rhythm in the Spirit or mindful ballad like The Unsung Heroes, there is something on this album for every kind of Kansas fan,” guitarist Richard Williams said.
A week after The Prelude Implicit hits record emporia, Kansas will hit the highway again in the United States.
09/30 – Pittsburgh, PA — Benedum Center
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA — Merriam Theater
10/05 – Wilmington, NC — CFCC Wilson Center
10/07 – Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/08 – Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium
10/14 – Houston, TX — Cullen Performance Hall
10/15 – Dallas, TX — Majestic Theatre
10/21 – St. Louis, MO — Peabody Opera House
10/22 – Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
10/27 – Indianapolis, IN — Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
10/28 – Detroit, MI — Sound Board at MotorCity Casino
10/30 – Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
11/03 – Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theater
11/04 – Chicago, IL — Copernicus Center
11/11 – Clearwater, FL — Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
11/18 – New Bedford, MA — Zeiterion Theatre
11/19 – Huntington, NY — The Paramount
11/25 – Baltimore, MD — Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
11/26 – Boston, MA — Berklee Performance Center
12/01 – Daytona Beach, FL — The Peabody Daytona Beach