Iconic Rockers Kansas Carry On in The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

Classic progressive rock band Kansas performed in front of a packed house, for the first time ever at Caesars Windsor, on Sunday May 5. The concert was promoted as a Kansas Radio Classics & Fan Favorites concert based on the tour they were on last year.

Kansas Drummer Phil Ehart

Kansas drummer and one of the band’s original founding members, Phil Ehart, performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The band is currently on the second leg of their Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return (1977). During this tour the band performs the album in its entirety showcasing more than two hours of classic Kansas music. While their time at Caesars Windsor wasn’t quite two hours, not enough time to perform Point of Know Return, fans were treated to a bit of a deviation from the Kansas Radio Classics & Fan Favorites tour edition.

Richard Williams Guitarist Kansas

Kansas guitarist and one of the band’s original founding members, Richard Williams, performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The band played a mix of hits and fan favourites, drawing heavily from two of their biggest albums, Leftoverture (1976) and Point of Know Return (1977). But they also played some deep cuts.

In 1977, Kansas followed up the success of Leftoverture by releasing the album Point of Know Return. Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles,” and “Paradox,” Point of Know Return became the band’s greatest selling studio album. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.

Kansas band members Billy Greer and David Ragsdale

Kansas band members Billy Greer on bass and David Ragsdale on violin performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

In 1977, one of those songs, Carry On Wayward Son, the band’s biggest hit, peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first top 20 entry in the nation. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 18, 1990.

Fans at Caesars Windsor were thrilled when the band returned for an encore featuring Carry on Wayward Son, drawing the biggest crowd reaction of the night.

Kansas guitarist Zak Rizvi

Kansas guitarist Zak Rizvi performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

The multi-platinum selling band has been performing for 45 years and has gone through some personnel changes over the years with founding members Phil Ehart on drums and Rich Williams on guitar being the two constants. Other current members include Billy Greer – bass and vocals, David Ragsdale – violin, rhythm guitar and vocals, Ronnie Platt – lead vocals and keyboard, Zak Rizvi – guitar and vocals and Tom Brislin – keyboards.

Kansas vocalist Ronnie Platt

Kansas vocalist Ronnie Platt performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Rock Band Kansas

Classic rock band, Kansas, performing at Caesars Windsor on May 5, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart / Eyes On Windsor.

Kansas recently announced they will continue with a third leg of the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour hitting select cities in the United States and Canada during the fall and winter.

For more information about the band visit: https://www.kansasband.com

Caesars Windsor will host several more world class acts this month including Alessia Cara (May 15), Comedian Ken Jeong (May 17), The Clairvoyants (May 24), and Chicago (May 26). For a complete list of shows visit the Caesars Windsor website or the Eyes On Windsor Events Calendar.

Photos by Dan Boshart

Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.