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