Kansas St Augustine Show Review
It was clear that Kansas was opening for and not co-headlining with Foreigner at their late winter 2017 St Augustine tour stop. Despite that, they delivered a defining performance, showing that their music is more important than any gimmick or specific lineup.
No longer led by Steve Walsh, the band’s frontman Ronnie Platt began the sold out show with a prophetically true statement: “This evening has the possibility of being a great rock and roll show…” And he was right. Kansas truly delivered that evening, with a high energy and deeply musical performance. They played their classic hits such as “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on my Wayward Son” but emphasized their new music still being released after 43 years.
Ronnie Platt had a unique stage energy, pairing an honest, plain appearance with above average, but not humorously feigned stage presence. It was a performance that most senior citizens could never deliver unless you snuck an 8-ball in their tea, but his pants weren’t suffocating his manhood and he certainly wasn’t pretending it was 1985.
They had a gorgeous selection of instruments onstage making for a classic Rich Williams performance (no, he didn’t forget the eyepatch) and violin solos that rivalled the work of musicians in symphonies I have seen around the country.
Despite all the excellent musicianship Kansas brought forward, 99% of the crowd still stayed in their seats, and the band clearly had to utilize an in-house lighting director. Aging as a band might be inevitable, but before Foreigner came to the Stage, Kansas showed that sold out St Augustine crowd that quality live music is timeless.
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