Pomp rock Gods Kansas have announced details of the impending release of a new studio album, entitled The Absence of Presence, and have confirmed the dates of a long awaited European tour!
The band will release their highly anticipated new studio album on June 26, 2020. The album follows-up 2016’s The Prelude Implicit, which debuted at number fourteen on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and took out the number one spot in Sentinel Daily‘s Top 100 Albums of 2016 rundown. Kansas has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as Carry On Wayward Son (the greatest song ever written according to Sentinel Daily editor Scott Adams) and Dust in the Wind to progressive epics like Song for America.
The Absence of Presence, which is set to be released by Inside Out Music, features nine all new tracks written by the band, produced by Zak Rizvi, and co-produced by Phil Ehart and Richard Williams. Kansas’s signature sound is unmistakable throughout. The album showcases Ronnie Platt’s towering vocals, David Ragsdale’s searing violin, Tom Brislin’s dazzling keyboards, Williams and Rizvi’s electrifying guitar riffs, Ehart’s powerful drums, and Billy Greer’s rocking bass.
This (Northern) Autumn Kansas will be taking its very popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour to Europe for thirteen dates in October and November. The tour will include songs from The Absence of Presence, classic hits and deep cuts, and will culminate with the iconic album Point of Know Return performed in its entirety.
“We are really proud of the album The Absence of Presence, comments Kansas guitarist, producer, and songwriter Zak Rizvi. “Making a new Kansas album sets a very high musical standard that is expected from our fans. From rockers, to progressive epics, to ballads, there is something on this recording for everybody.”
“It’s been a while since the band has been able to perform in Europe, where we have some very passionate fans,” adds Kansas guitarist Richard Williams. “We are excited to take the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour across Europe. Not only will they hear us perform that album in its entirety, along with other hits and deep cuts, but they will be the first fans to hear some of the songs from The Absence of Presence performed live.”
After wrapping-up current U.S. dates for the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour this (Northern) spring, Kansas will debut a track from The Absence of Presence live, this (Northern) summer, during the Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour when the band will be touring with Foreigner and Europe.
18.10.20 – London, ENG – Palladium
20.10.20 – Frankfurt, DEU – Jahrhunderthalle
21.10.20 – Hamburg, DEU -Docks
23.10.20 – 23 Tampere, SUO – Tamperetalo
24.10.20 – Helsinki, SUO – Culture House
26.10.20 – Stockholm, SVE – Cirkus
27.10.20 – Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
29.10.20 – Berlin, DEU – Tempodrom
31.10.20 – Brussels, BEL Cirque Royale
3.11.20 – Munich, DEU Circus Krone
5.11.20 – Heilbronn, DEU Harmonie
9.11.20 – Bochum, DEU RuhrCongress
10.11.20 – Amsterdam, NED Carre Theatre