WAYWARD SONS CARRY ON
From page 9 of Classic Rock Magazine May 2000
Original Kansas line-up back in the studio
As reported last issue, the original line-up of veteran US pomp rockers Kansas have reunited and are to record a new album for Magna Carta Records. The band who have sold over 30 million albums worldwide but remain best known for the single 'Carry On Wayward Son' from 1976's quadruple-platinum leftoverture' album have been together through various line-up changes, originally splitting up in 1983, then reforming three years later with guitarist Steve Morse (now with Deep Purple).
But this is the first time that guitarist/keyboard player Kerry Livgren, vocalist Steve Walsh, violinist Robby Steinhardt, guitarist Rich Williams, bassist Dave Hope and drummer Phil Ehart have worked together for 17 years. Bassist Billy Greer, who has played bass with the band for 15 years, is also understood to be staying on.
Work has just begun at Kerry's studio in Topeka, Kansas, for a July release wth Ehart, Livgren
and Williams handling production. It's likely to be titled 'Somewhere To Elsewhere'.
"We thought that Kansas back in Kansas could only help us to re-capture our original fire and vision," Livgren told Classic Rock. "I was talking with Phil Ehart and made it known that I had been on an unprecedented creative roll, and that much of what I was writing was very much in the vein of Kansas." The group have not played the UK in many years and it's still uncertain whether Livgren will be with them should they return.
"The band will definitely be touring," said Livgren, "and that will include Europe, but whether I will still be in the lineup is an open question."