Kansas Announce New Album ‘The Abscence of Presence,’ ‘Point of Know Return’ Anniversary Dates Announced

KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band, will release their highly anticipated new studio album “The Absence of Presence” on June 262020. To learn more about the record and upcoming tour dates, fans can head over to Billboard.com for an exclusive interview with KANSAS drummer and “The Absence of Presence” co-producer Phil Eharthttp://bit.ly/KansasBillboardTAoP. “The Absence of Presence” will be available for pre-order this spring. 

The album follows-up 2016’s “The Prelude Implicit,” which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. KANSAS has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind’ to progressive epics like ‘Song for America.’

“The Absence of Presence,” 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 fall, KANSAS will be taking its very popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour to Europe for 13 dates in October and November. The Point of Know Return Anniversary European 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 spring, KANSAS will debut a track from “The Absence of Presence” live, this summer, during the Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour when the band will be touring with Foreigner and Europe.

“The Absence of Presence” will be released on June 26, 2020, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. Pre-order opportunities will be available starting later this spring at KansasBand.com and Amazon.com.

Tickets for the KANSAS Point of Know Return Anniversary European Tour will go on sale this week. Ticket and VIP Package information is available at KansasBand.com.Tickets for the U.S. Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour, and KANSAS Classics dates are on sale now with ticket and VIP package information are also available at KansasBand.com. 

For more information on KANSAS, The Absence of Presence, The Point of Know Return Anniversary European Tour, The Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, or the Juke Box Heroes 2020 tour, please visit: www.kansasband.com

Upcoming Tour Dates

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 2020 Tour Dates with Foreigner & Europe

July 9 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

July 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion

July 11 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater

July 14 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

July 15 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

July 18 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre

July 21 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

July 22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 24 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

July 25 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Center

July 26 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 28 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 29 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

July 31 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

August 1 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

August 2 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park

August 4 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

August 5 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

August 7 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

August 8 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

August 9 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

August 21 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

August 22 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

August 23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater

August 25 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

August 26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

August 28 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

August 29 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

August 30 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

September 1 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

September 4 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

September 5 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

September 6 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre

September 8 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre

September 9 – Southaven, MS – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove

September 11 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

September 12 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

September 13 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Point of Know Return Anniversary European Tour Dates

October 18 – London, England – Palladium

October 20 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle

October 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks

October 23 – Tampere, Finland – Tamperetalo

October 24 – Helsinki, Finland – Culture House

October 26 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus

October 27 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene

October 29 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

October 31 – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royale

November 3 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone

November 5 – Heilbronn, Germany – Harmonie

November 9 – Bochum, Germany – RuhrCongress

November 10 – Amsterdam, Holland – Carre Theatre

KANSAS Classics Tour Dates

May 20 – Wichita, KS – WAVE – Outdoor Stage

May 21 – Mayetta, KS – Prairie Band Casino & Resort

May 23 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort

October 2 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Performance Center

October 4 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand

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