Kansas anniversary tour rolls on with Bandit
Thursday, 17 October 2019
kansasThe Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour continues
USA - Kansas have announced the fourth and final leg of The Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour, with a lighting system supplied by Bandit Lites. With the third leg of the tour currently traversing the country, the group is performing the eponymous sextuple-platinum album in its entirety to near capacity and enthusiastic audiences through Spring of 2020.
“It’s exciting how popular the Point of Know Return Anniversary shows have been,” comments Kansas lead vocalist Ronnie Platt. “When we wrap up this fourth and final leg, we will have played nearly 100 of these shows over nearly two years. We have worked hard to give audiences a memorable musical experience with this tour. We are excited to continue it with the final leg of the tour, then see what we come up with next.”
Lighting designer Scott Pearson had no boundaries when building the lighting for the show, immersing himself in the music as he programmed and translated the music into a “visual representation”.
“It is all about the buildup,” Pearson explained, referring to the three-act element of the concert. “Each phase is different, and I start with the minimum.”
Bandit Lites provided GLP X4S fixtures, Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Wildfire Blacklite WF 101 fixtures and Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders. Fourteen Elation SixPars illuminate set pieces along with an Obsidian Controls M6 for control.
“Scott’s approach to details down to how the system is prepared, cabled and packed make a big impact in adapting to different venues throughout the country,” said Bandit client representative Shawn Lear. “Each day, the show is up quick and online for positions and updates. Scott’s quality of care and maintenance of equipment had made 2019 a huge success. We’re thrilled to be working with Scott and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
And while this may be the end of this tour, Kansas promise to ‘carry on’ well into the future, as drummer and original band member Phil Ehart shared, the group is currently recording a new studio album slated for 2020.
(Jim Evans)

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