Kansas•August 26, 2023•Eccles Theater
Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe
Kansas is a legendary rock band that has been entertaining audiences for a while now. The band’s recent performance at Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City was a testament to their enduring popularity and musical talent. They are currently celebrating 50 years as a band! What an incredible accomplishment. While the lineup has changed over the years, With a stage presence that was both energetic and engaging, Kansas proved that they still know how to rock a crowd.
From the moment the band took the stage, the audience was captivated by their powerful sound and infectious energy. The band’s signature hits like “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return” had the crowd singing along and dancing in the aisles. The musicianship of each band member was truly exceptional, with impressive solos and tight harmonies that showcased their musical prowess.
But it wasn’t just the music that made this concert so memorable. The band’s interactions with the audience were also a highlight of the show. Lead singer Ronnie Platt engaged with the crowd throughout the night, sharing stories and jokes that made everyone feel like they were part of the Kansas family. The band’s gratitude for their fans was evident, and the audience responded with thunderous applause and cheers. Bassist Billy Greer often played the role of emcee, introducing songs, band members, and telling the backstory to both. He sounded awesome on vocals when he’d occasionally take the lead.
It was amazing to see two of the original members of Kansas in this show. Lead guitarist Rich Williams spent the majority of the concert playing from a chair at stage left. But Williams sitting didn’t slow him down from shredding. His solos were incredible and the audience loved whenever he was featured. It was also great to have drummer, Phil Ehart in the show. He took to the drums about halfway through the concert and the audience made sure to let him know they were glad to see him. Both men are the only two members to play on every Kansas album. It was great to have them both.
Overall, Kansas’ performance at Eccles Theater was a true testament to their legacy as one of rock’s greatest bands. From their electrifying performance to their heartfelt interactions with the crowd, Kansas proved that they are still at the top of their game after all these years.