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Kansas Cancel European Tour

Platt, third right, with Kansas
Marti Griffin

Kansas have canceled their upcoming European tour due to concerns regarding “safety and security warnings.”

The band was scheduled to play Europe in June and July in support of its latest album, last year’s The Prelude Implicit, which was coupled with a 40th anniversary run celebrating 1976’s Leftoverture LP.

But in a new statement (via BraveWords), Kansas said the tour has been scrapped: “The cancellation is based on safety and security warnings issued by the United States government and various U.S. law enforcement agencies concerning Americans traveling in Europe this summer. Kansas is extremely saddened that the band will not be able to perform for its European fans this year.”

Kansas were supposed to launch their European tour on June 4 in Reykjavík, after wrapping up more dates in the States, and then wind through a dozen concerts in Helsinki, Oslo, Paris, Berlin and dates in Sweden, Denmark and Germany before resuming more shows in the U.S. at the beginning of August.

The band’s U.S. shows will continue throughout the year. They have a concert tonight, and they plan to stay on the road through the start of December performing their best-known album in its entirety for the first time ever, as well as other songs from their long career, including cuts from The Prelude Implicit.

Last year’s album marked the first new record from Kansas since 2000’s Somewhere to Elsewhere. Earlier this year, they said they were planning to return to the studio, most likely in January after the tour wraps up, and have a new record available sometime next year.

You can see the full list of Kansas’ current tour dates at their official website.

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