Kansas has announced via their Facebook page that vocalist Steve Walsh is leaving the band. The post from yesterday reads:
“On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of KANSAS that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with KANSAS will be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
As KANSAS continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years.”
MelodicRock contacted both Billy Greer and Steve Walsh for comment.
Steve was kind enough to send back this statement:
“I'd like to thank all the fans that have come to see me sing in Kansas over the years. Sometimes I had to pinch myself just to make sure I wasn't dreaming that at my age I was still playing in a great band in front of great fans.
I'd also like to extend my well wishes to the members. But I'd especially like to thank the crew that we've had now for a while. It's the best group of guys behind the scenes that I've ever worked with. They are most forgiving of us who stand in the bright light, and have done a lot that they really aren't required to do, just to make sure that my comfort and safety are well taken care of.
I know there's a lot of different versions out there on why I'm leaving so let me just say that it's time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that.
Thanks again to all of you out there in the seats. I will never forget this. It's been a great party.” ~ Steve Walsh
Billy Greer has sent this comment in today:
"It really saddens me to see Steve leave the band. The face of the band will hanged forever! I have about a 34 year history with Steve, so, it makes it extra hard to see him go. I owe a lot my success in the music business to Steve and for that I am very grateful. To me he is still one of the greatest voices in rock 'n roll! Frankly, I wouldn't count Steve Walsh out just yet. I think we will hear more from him in very near future! I wish him all the best, love him like a brother and will be there for him if he ever needs me! So, all the best my friend!" ~ Billy Greer