Rock band Kansas to perform fan appreciation concert in Pittsburgh

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Progressive rock band Kansas is playing a "once-in-a-lifetime fan appreciation concert" to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and that event will take place in Pittsburgh on Aug. 17 at the Benedum Center, Downtown.

The concert will mark the first time in more than 30 years that all six original members of the band will be on stage together. Kansas will begin the concert backed by a 35-piece orchestra and then follow with a traditional rock band second set. The concert is not part of a tour, as the band is taking a break from its regular touring schedule.

Kansas formed in 1973 in Topeka, Kan. Why celebrate in Pittsburgh?

"People need to know that Pittsburgh, and the whole state of Pennsylvania, discovered the band Kansas first!," drummer Phil Ehart said in a statement. "We came here in the early days, and Pittsburgh was like our home away from home! Heck, we are even using Rich Engler to promote this show at what used to be the Stanley Theater. Rich Engler and the incredible Stanley Theater ... just like the old days! How cool is that?"

Three of the original members -- Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren and Robby Steinhardt -- are no longer with the band and will be returning as special guests. They'll join original members Steve Walsh, Robbie Williams and Phil Ehart, and current members Billy Greer and David Ragsdale

There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available, but there are no details yet on prices or sale date.

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