Kansas Lead Singer Ronnie Platt on 1071 The Boss Summer Bash: “We Can’t Wait” (Audio)
Kansas is coming to the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 22 this summer with Foreigner and Europe as part of the 1071 The Boss Summer Bash, and lead singer Ronnie Platt will celebrate by hitting a milestone.
Platt–who joined Kansas in 2014 after Kansas singer Steve Walsh retired–has so far performed 460 shows with the band, and will hit show number 500 this summer on the Juke Box Heroes tour. Platt played his first show with the group in 2014 (see video below).
“The funny story is when I first joined the band [I was told-we would probably do about 55 and 65 shows a year, and in my first full year in the band we did 98 shows,” he tells Michele Amabile from 1071 The Boss. “My second full year in the band, we did 99 shows. I will hit my 5o0th show in July… How crazy is that?”
The band is also releasing it’s sixteenth album–which is now in post-production–this year. Platt debuted on the group’s fifteenth record, “The Prelude Implicit” in 2016. That album peaked at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, and #5 of the Billboard Rock Chart. Platt was the main lyricist for that album.
“Kansas fans are just going to go out of their minds, and even if you are not a Kansas fan, you are going to hear these songs and love them,” he promises of the new album.
Platt’s journey to fronting the iconic band–known for hits “Carry On the Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind” and “Point of Know Return”–is a true rock and roll Cinderella story. He was a truck driver in Chicago performing in a band named “Shooting Star” when Kansas guitarist Richard Williams happened to see a show.
“It’s beyond my wildest dreams to be the lead singer of Kansas,” he said. “I never expected to be putting new music out under the Kansas name. The kudos goes to [drummer] Phil Ehart and Rich–47 years in Kansas with no ending in sight..To have a new album on the horizon, and especially this tour. What a great tour. We are all so excited about this. We can’t wait.”
Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., but Boss listeners can grab them today at LiveNation.com or Ticketmaster.com by using the special code word: “BOSS.”
Listen to Platt’s interview with Michele Amabile below: