Kansas Cancel European Tour

Kansas

Veteran US prog rockers Kansas have cancelled their forthcoming European tour. The band cite security reasons for the cancellation.

Rumours had abounded over the last two days that the band’s tour, which would have seen them headline the Prog Stage at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and Sweden Rock, had been pulled. In a series of Tweets earlier today Ramblin’ Man Fair seemed to confirm the news.

And earlier this evening the band made the following announcement on their website: “KANSAS regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2017 European Tour. The cancellation is based on safety and security warnings issued by the United States government and various U.S. law enforcement agencies concerning Americans traveling in Europe this summer. KANSAS is extremely saddened that the band will not be able to perform for its European fans this year.”

The move is hardly likely to ingratiate the band to their legions of European fans, at least when very few other US bands seem to have taken a similar course of action. Indeed it brings to mind a handful of US rock bands cancelling tours at the outbreak of the original Gulf War in 1991. Kansas are currently on tour in America.

Kansas released their most recent album, The Prelude Implicit to rave reviews last year, and with a new line-up featuring former Shooting Stars singer Ronnie Platt, guitarist Zak Rizvi and pianist David Manion, looked to have regenerated a legendary career. How this recent move affects that progress remains to be seen.

Ramblin’ Man Fair expect to announce a headline replacement for the Prog Stage shortly.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.