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First at Four: Kansas talks about new album

Richard Williams of Kansas, Jon Evans, Ashlea Kosikowski and Kansas singer Ronnie Platt. (Source: WECT) Richard Williams of Kansas, Jon Evans, Ashlea Kosikowski and Kansas singer Ronnie Platt. (Source: WECT)

Fresh off of releasing the band’s first studio album in 16 years, Kansas took the stage at the Cape Fear Community College Wilson Center Wednesday night. 

For fans, the show was a mix of the classics (Carry On Wayward Son, Dust in the Wind) and songs from the new album. 

"They're loving it because they're hearing things they haven't heard in decades," Richard Williams, the band's original guitarist, said.

Along with Williams, the band is comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale and guitarist Zak Rizvi.

This month, Kansas released The Prelude Implicit, the band’s fifteenth studio album. 

With four decades of music to pull from, it was not an easy thing for members of Kansas to select a set list for their show. The band's concerts on this tour last two and a half hours. 

"People say, 'Don't you get tired of playing Dust in the Wind?' I'm so grateful for that moment and there's one person on Earth that says, 'One, two, three, four' and we start it," Williams said. "Everybody in the entire room knows the song inside and out. They all have a personal story about it. I am the lucky guy on this planet that gets to be that guy. If there ever comes a day that I can't be grateful for that and appreciate it, then I need to be taken out behind the barn and shot."

When it comes to the new music, the songs stay true to the band's unique sound.

"I have been a Kansas fan so long, along with Zak and David Manion, even though we are newcomers in the band," Platt said. "We can't help but write something and not have an element of Kansas in it. It came naturally to us." 

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