[hand] [face]
The Original Deep Purple Web Pages
The Highway Star

Steve Morse to perform with Kansas

Steve Morse. Photo © 2002 Nick Soveiko.

Kansas are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year with a gala performance at the White Concert Hall in Topeka, the eponymous state of Kansas. Both founding guitar player Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse are confirmed as special guests. Steve was a lead guitarist for Kansas between 1986 and 1989 and played on two of their albums: Power (1986) and In the Spirit of Things (1988). The concert will be recorded for the live DVD and Blue-ray “There’s Know Place Like Home”. More details at www.kansasband.com.

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

26 Comments to “Steve Morse to perform with Kansas”:

  1. 1
    George Martin says:

    I like that Kansas is doing this, bringing back other members for this show and dvd release for there 35th anniversary. Gee if only there was another band Steve Morse was in would do the same thing for one night! Isn’t he in a band right now that just celebrated there 40th anniversary? Any takers out there!

  2. 2
    andre sihotang says:

    This is a rare but will be a wonderful chance to realize Steve MOrse is a great underrated guitarist that can play and explore another side of rock music (I mean different with Deep Purple especially “Mr. Blackmore licks”). HOw good it could be? Also, I want to know Steve Morse guitaring style in Kansas as Livegren presence in Kansas is like Ritchie in Deep Purple.

    But I am wonder will be Morse playing ‘Dust in the Wind’ with the band? Wow, it should be nice.

  3. 3
    Crimson Ghost says:

    He always played “DITW” with them… I take it you didn’t know that Morse recorded and toured with Kansas, or it sure looks that way according to your post. That’s obviously why he was invited to this, he is a former one time member.

    Doubters, don’t be surprised if Ritchie would attend something like this if Purple did it and gave him good enough prior invitation. Only a snob beyond that of Ritchie’s capability would do such a thing, considering we’re talking about a band like Purple.

  4. 4
    Roberto says:

    Can’t understand why Purple don’t do things like these…
    they just keep on playing the same show and destroying Gillan’s voice…
    can’t really understand…

  5. 5
    John Bartone says:

    Easy does it Roberto, Gillans voice never sounded better…

  6. 6
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    The Kansas chapter which included Steve was beyond memorable as is the case with anything and all he is a part of. He actually played violin when they performed DITW. As he continues to do with Purple, he brought his “2 cents” into the band with the usual respect for Kerry Livgren and Richard Williams. Pick up Power at the very least if it is not part of your record collection. Silhouettes in Disguise is a killer track that never got airplay. That would be due to the mid ’80’s beginning of the end of at least American classic rock radio which remains in the gutter today. But dare I digress….



  7. 7
    David says:

    “Easy does it Roberto, Gillans voice never sounded better…”

    ummm yeah I think definitely did…..

  8. 8
    David says:


  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Saw Kerry Livgren with his PROTOKAW band a few years ago
    Awesome stuff
    Love his solo albums as well
    Got into it after tracking those RJ Dio Tracks on one of the first solo albums

    Livgren is a very religious man, I understood
    I m agnostic myself but can get deeply moved by religious inspired art

  10. 10
    Rascal says:

    God has no religion

  11. 11
    Bo says:

    Roberto – again you are 100% right.

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    I would like to believe you….

    I know protokaw and I knew the collaboration between Dio and Kerry,could you tell me the name of this album?
    I don’t remember it…

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I forgot it

    But it s surely to find somewhere on the Net

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    God is a vegetarian too

  15. 15
    Pat says:

    The Livgren CD with Dio is called Seeds of Change.
    There is also a reworked version of a tune with Dio on
    The Best of Kerry Livgren.
    Check out website: Numavox.com for Kerry’s CD’s.
    Livgren has done some great CD’s apart from Kansas.

  16. 16
    Purplemaniac76 says:

    Roberto, the name of the album is “Seeds Of Change”, it is a Kerry Livgren solo thing. There are two songs featuring Ronnie James Dio: Mask Of The Great Deceiver & To Live For The King. Both are great actually. Dio is in top form, he was a Black Sabbath singer in those days… Take a listen!!!

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    ok thanks for the info…
    about Kansas:I like their records done until 1978, than stop…but I like protokaw too…

  18. 18
    Rascal says:

    I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian!

  19. 19
    andre sihotang says:

    As a fan, I think Steve Morse should do himself justice by playing much more in his “alternative” band like Dixie Dregs, SMB, and Kansas (for reunion or jamming together with the original band). Should it be exposed, then many lads will completely forget that he is living under the shadow of Blackmore (I mean playing Mk2 songs again and again).

    From what I’ve saw, Steve Morse really did well when he playing with the bands I mentioned above. He can play many genres. His style doesn’t stuck in one or two kind of music. Saw him playing with Dixie Dregs, SMB, and also many performances with other musicians and his peers in many videos and live shows, I really lift my hands up for him. And I realize now that five times is really not enough to appreciate him as the best guitarist. Well men, it’s not only about guitar playing but also about proffesionalism (like what he’s been doing with DP now, you know what I mean?), learning (wow, he always practice 3 hours a day, was it useful for a great like him?), teaching (I’ve never saw a big band’s guitarist did a lot of guitar clinics like him. Where is Page,Sambora,Blackmore,Van Halen,Norum, and else?), always gracious with his fans, and facts that he is a very humble person.

    I think Steve Morse is a clever guitarist (not genius like Blackmore), because he can add his own style and technique into Ritchie Blackmore ‘anthemic, blues, and wild’ playing in Deep Purple songs. I loved them both, for me there is no use to find out who is the best (altough I’m agree Blackmore no doubt is an icon).

    But the problem here is, Steve Morse is one of the UNDERRATED GUITARIST. If I was a journalist.

  20. 20
    AndreA says:

    I am sorry with Morse ;.)

    I have only one K’s CD (Leftoverture 1976),I like the single “Carry On Wayword Son”,but on guitar appears another musician..not Morse.

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Maybe its understandable Morse is a humble person?

  22. 22
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I remember seeing Kansas between the Scorpions and Ted Nugent when I was a kid, Kansas was easily one of the most fascinating live bands I think I’ve ever seen to this day. I like “COWS” watch the original live video clip of that, Livgren on guitar and keys, most killer!

  23. 23
    Bruno says:

    Stev Morse mande o seu currículo para o Robert Plant e para o Axl Rose.

  24. 24
    stoffer says:

    nice comments…..andre sihotang #19!!

  25. 25
    Peter wolf says:

    Crimson Ghost, that would have been amazing those 3
    acts! Have been a Kansas fanatic for many years,
    no doubt it will be something to look forward too,
    with Steve guesting on the forthcoming concert and
    a live dvd. One can only hope their will
    be some material from “Power” and the criminally
    underrated “In The Spirit Of Things”, The Preacher,
    Inside of Me, and the all time classic track, we can only hope “Rainmaker”!!

  26. 26
    Rascal says:

    “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”

Add a comment:

Preview no longer available -- once you press Post, that's it. All comments are subject to moderation policy.

||||Unauthorized copying, while sometimes necessary, is never as good as the real thing
© 1993-2024 The Highway Star and contributors
Posts, Calendar and Comments RSS feeds for The Highway Star