Watch Kansas’ First Post-Covid Show Performing ‘Carry On Wayward Son’
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After being temporarily shut down by lockdown restrictions last year, live music is slowly coming back. Kansas returned to the stage for the first time in 14 months after their touring plans were derailed by the pandemic.
Their gig on May 8, 2021 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL, USA was much-awaited for classic rock fans.
“It was a great feeling – kind of surreal in a way. It was kind of like, ‘Wow, for a while, I thought we’d never get a chance to do this again!’,” drummer and founding member Phil Ehart told UCR. “I came to find out a lot of my peers felt the same way. Everybody’s glad to be getting back out, and the crowd looks really happy, so that’s good.”
Interestingly, Kansas didn’t rehearse as a band as they normally would. So what they did was rehearse individually along with live recordings of the songs on their setlist. It wasn’t easy and far from ideal but they simply worked with what they had.
“It had some intensity. Kansas music is intense as it is,” Ehart explained. “But everybody had done their homework. The singing was great, and everybody played well. We had a few bumps here and there. You’d expect that. But it was great. It went really well.”
Watch them perform one of their best known and most enduring songs below.