Kansas have announced that they’ll release their 16th studio album this summer.
The follow-up to 2016’s The Prelude Implicit is titled The Absence Of Presence and it’ll launch on June 26.
Drummer and founding Kansas member Phil Ehart tells Billboard: “This sounds like Kansas. Guitarist Zak Rizvi wrote the majority of The Prelude Implicit and this album, and now having keyboardist Tom Brislin add a couple of his songs and his keyboard prowess really pushes the band even more toward that original sound, which is not easy to do by any means.
“You’ve got to have the material. You’ve got to have the singer to sing it. You’ve got to have lyrics that are Kansas-type lyrics.
“These guys get it, and the other four of us who have been here for 20, 40, 50 years – we’re just sitting here grinning, going ‘This is great!'”
Ehart goes on to say that the lyrics to the title track, which were written by Brislin from a title suggestion from the drummer, “can mean a couple of different things.”
Ehart continues: “But what sticks out is when we’re at an airport, there’s a lot of people there but everybody is staring at their phone or looking at their computer or their iPad or reading a paper or whatever.
“Someone’s sitting across from you looking up, and you can tell they’re not engaged at all. People are there, but they’re not really there. They’re present, but there’s an absence of presence.”
The first single from the album will be announced in early April, while a full tracklist will be made available in due course. Check out the cover art below.
Kansas are currently on the road across the US on their Point Of Know Return Anniversary Tour, while the summer months will see them hook up with Foreigner and Europe for a run of North American dates.
Kansas have also revealed a run of Point Of Know Return anniversary shows for Europe, kicking off at the London Palladium on October 18 and wrapping up at Amsterdam’s Holland Carre Theatre on November 10.
Kansas 2020 European tour dates
Oct 18: London Palladium, UK
Oct 20: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Oct 21: Hamburg Docks, Germany
Oct 23: Tampere Tamperetalo, Finland
Oct 24: Helsinki Culture House, Finland
Oct 26: Stockholm Cirkus, Sweden
Oct 27: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Oct 29: Berlin Tempodrom, Germany
Oct 31: Brussels Cirque Royale, Belgium
Nov 03: Munich Circus Krone, Germany
Nov 05: Heilbronn Harmonie, German
Nov 09: Bochum RuhrCongress, Germany
Nov 10: Amsterdam Carre Theatre, Netherlands
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- Kansas - The Classic Albums Collection 1974-1983 - UK - cd album box set - £75.00, $102.75, €87.75 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2021 11:08)on September 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
KANSAS The Classic Albums Collection 1974-1983 (Out Of Print 2011 UK fully remastered ELEVEN CD Box Set, containing ten albums - Kansas, Song For America, Masque, Leftoverture, Point Of Know Return, Monolith, Audio Visions, Vinyl Confessions,Drastic Measure & an expanded double live 'Two For The Show' CD. Each part is housed in a card wallet picture sleeve which replicates each album's original artwork, complete with an illustrated booklet & glossy clamshell box. The box shows a little shelfwear while the discs look unplayed!)
- Kansas - Can't Cry Anymore - Sample Stickered - US - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $9.58, €8.18 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jun-2021 15:09)on September 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
KANSAS Can't Cry Anymore (1987 US wide centred 7" vinyl single with a 'sample copy' sticker to the MCA label, also including Three Pretenders, housed in the picture sleeve which is displays some shelfwear creasing to the edges of the sleeve MCA-53070)
- Kansas - Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond - 3-LP + 2-CD Box Set - Sealed - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £44.99, $61.64, €52.64 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2021 13:10)on September 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
KANSAS Point Of Know Return Live & Beyond (2021 UK/EU limited edition box set containing 3-LPs on 180-gram vinyl and 2-CDs - a new live album featuring a full and complete performance of their classic 1977 album, as well as a selection of tracks from throughout their illustrious career. Presented inside a wide-spined slip-case picture box, with hype sticker and factory sealed. Recommended)
- Kansas - Point Of Know Return - Dutch - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.55, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 22-May-2021 15:31)on September 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm
KANSAS Point Of Know Return (1977 Dutch 10-track LP, along with Leftoverture, a defining moment for Kansas in the studio showcasing their timeless classic Dust In The Wind plus Point Of No Return, picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve displays only the lightest of edgewear whilst the vinyl barely appears played KIR82234)