Forgotten Hits Reader Rich Turner sent in this review of a show he saw last weekend for us to share with our readers ... (So excited that things are starting to open up again!)
Rich saw KANSAS in Clearwater, Florida ... and it sounds like it was a really good show. (We're trying to get him to do a follow-up review of Creedence CLEARWATER Revisited in Kansas ... but as of right now anyway, no such show currently exists.)
Down here in Clearwater, Florida, we are slowly getting back into the swing of things from the over a year long pandemic. Most of our performing arts centers have been open for a few months now, albeit at 50% capacity. Very slowly, a few major artists are scheduling some shows, especially in areas where they can get a few tour stops.
On May 8th, here at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, Kansas returned to the stage for their first performance since March of 2020. Ruth Eckerd announced this performance in March of this year and tickets went on sale a week later. I noticed that prices were somewhat higher than before, but being a huge Kansas fan, that did not stop me from purchasing two seats six rows from the stage at $137.00 apiece.
I have seen Kansas several times in the past and have always loved and appreciated their progressive rock music and I got to meet the band in February, 2019, on a Classic Rock Legends cruise. If you ever get a chance to take one of these rock and roll cruises, do not hesitate. They are outstanding.
Like I said, the capacity was at about 50% for this show. In a typical row, there would be two seats taken and then two empty seats and then maybe four seats used and two more empty and so on. In the rows in front and back of you, they would zig-zag the taken and empty seats so that nobody would be sitting in front of you or behind you. I really enjoyed this side effect of social distancing. Everybody was required to wear masks ... however, once the lights went out and the band came on stage, I noticed most people took their masks off. My girl friend and I received both of our covid vaccines in March so we had no problem with this. Concessions were outside the theater in a special roped off area so there would be less contact between patrons ... another idea I liked! Once you entered the theater (after going through a socially distanced temp check), a security guard ran a wand over you (pretty much like the old days) and then your ticket was scanned. Then you could head outside for refreshments or head to your seat. I thought the whole process was handled quite nicely.
Meanwhile, both of the two hot tours that we've been telling you about coming up this fall have just added more tour dates to their itineraries …
The Monkees now DO have a stop in Chicago (at The Rosemont Theater on November 5th) as well as added dates for Spokane, WA (where the tour is now scheduled to kick off on September 10th at The First Interstate Center For The Arts), TWO dates at The Dosey Doe / Big Barn in The Woodlands, TX (September 28th and 29th), a show at MGM Northfield Park in Northfield, OH on November 3rd and a new show added for The Star Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on November 7th. I fully expect more dates will be added, including a second show at The Greek in L.A. … stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile, Genesis has also added a couple more dates to their US stop. Second shows have been added for Philadelphia on December 3rd and Boston, December 16th, which they say will now be the final stop. They’re claiming this is it … and that no more dates will be added … but despite the RIDICULOUSLY high ticket prices, this is apparently a VERY hot ticket ... and a BIG money maker for the band ... so, as we've learned SO many times before, never say never!!!