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Kerry Livgren releases his solo album The Resurrection Of Lazarus

Kerry Livgren
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Former Kansas guitarist has completed work on his solo project The Resurrection Of Lazarus, which is available through his Numavox label.

The album, which has been some 20 years in the making (during which time the guitarist suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2009), the album is a cantata: a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment, often involving a choir.

The story has been guided by Livgren's own faith. He quit Kansas, for whom he penned such classics as Dust In The Wind and Carry On Wayward Son, following 1983's Drastic Measures album, and formed Christian rock band AD, as well as pursuing a solo career which began with 1980's Seeds Of Change album, on which he worked with Ronnie James Dio.

The Resurrection Of Lazarus features appearances from vocalists David Pack (Ambrosia), John Elefante (Kansas), Warren Ham (AD) and Greg X. Voltz (Petra) while Kansas drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Phil Keaggy also feature, with Livgren providing the orchestration. and  all other instrumentation.

"I'm a family man, I have a role in my church, I'm running a record label, a studio, a production company, a farm, and I have more hobbies and interests than there are hours in the day," states Livgren.

Get The Resurrection Of Lazarus.

Kerry Livgren

(Image credit: Numavox)
Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

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.