Kansas Announces New Album ‘The Absence of Presence,’ Due Out This Summer


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Prog-rock icons Kansas are gearing up for a summer spent alongside Foreigner and Europe on the Jukebox Heroes tour, and the band will have some new material to present on the road.

A new album titled The Absence of Presence was announced this week, with Billboard noting that the nine-song LP will be out on June 26. Produced by guitarist Zak Rizvi and founding Kansas members Phil Ehart and Richard Williams, it’s the follow-up to The Prelude Implicit, which was released in 2016.

Some statements about the record:

“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.”

Photo Credit – EMily Butler PhotographyTour Dates at KansasBand.com

Posted by Kansas on Monday, January 28, 2019

Catch Kansas on the road:

Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour Dates
March 6 – Wichita Falls, TX – Memorial Auditorium
March 7 – Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium
March 13 – Salem, OR – Elsinore Theatre
March 15 – Grand Junction, CO – The Avalon Theatre
March 18 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
March 19 – Thousand Oaks, CA – Bank of America Performing Arts Center
March 21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Smith Center
March 22 – Cerritos, CA – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
April 17 – Madison, WI – The Orpheum Theater
April 18 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
April 24 – Elkhart, IN – The Lerner Theatre
April 25 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
May 1 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
May 2 – Richmond, VA- Dominion Energy Center
May 8 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium
May 9 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
May 15 – Newark, OH – Midland Theatre
May 16 – Marietta, OH – The Peoples Bank Theatre
May 17 – Marietta, OH – The Peoples Bank Theatre
May 29 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Arts Center
May 30 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Performance Hall

Juke Box Heroes Tour with Foreigner & Europe
Thurs July 9, 2020 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Fri, July 10, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat, July 11, 2020 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
*Mon, July 13, 2020 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
Tues, July 14, 2020 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed, July 15, 2020 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre
*Fri, July 17, 2020 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat, July 18, 2020 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Tues, July 21, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed, July 22, 2020 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri, July 24, 2020 Kansas City, MO Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Sat, July 25, 2020 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sun, July 26, 2020 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tues, July 28, 2020 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed, July 29, 2020 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Fri, July 31, 2020 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat, August 1, 2020 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sun, August 2, 2020 Pittsburgh, PA S&T Bank Music Park
Tues, August 4, 2020 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Wed, August 5, 2020 Syracuse, NY St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Fri, August 7, 2020 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sat, August 8, 2020 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Sun, August 9, 2020 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fri, August 21, 2020 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat, August 22, 2020 Holmdel, NY PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun, August 23, 2020 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Tues, August 25, 2020 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Wed, August 26, 2020 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Fri, August 28, 2020 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sat, August 29, 2020 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun, August 30, 2020 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tues, Sep 1, 2020 Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
*Fri, Sep 4, 2020 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Sat, Sep 5, 2020 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun, Sep 6, 2020 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Tues, Sep 8, 2020 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Wed, Sep 9, 2020 Southaven, MS BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Fri, Sep 11, 2020 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
Sat, Sep 12, 2020 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun, Sep 13, 2020 Austin, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
*Kansas Not Performing


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