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Kansas performs Dec. 8 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

CLEARWATER – Rock icons Kansas will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic album “Point of Know Return” with a performance Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

Tickets start at $43.75. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Kansas – America’s preeminent progressive rock band – is on the road playing select U.S. cities celebrating the 40th anniversary of their massive hit album “Point of Know Return.” For the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. For information and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.kansasband.com.

In 1977, Kansas followed up the success of “Leftoverture” by releasing the album “Point of Know Return.” Containing the smash hit and million-selling single “Dust in the Wind,” along with fan favorites such as “Portrait (He Knew),” “Closet Chronicles” and “Paradox,” “Point of Know Return” became the band’s greatest selling album. The album peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than 6 million copies sold and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.

“After the success of the album ‘Leftoverture,’ it was hard to imagine when we released ‘Point of Know Return’ that this album would be even bigger, but it was,” said Richard Williams, guitarist and original member of the band. “From the album artwork to the song ‘Dust in the Wind,’ the album ‘Point of Know Return’ is really ingrained in rock and roll history and even in popular culture. The past two years we have done around 80 select shows performing the album ‘Leftoverture’ in its entirety. We have been blown away by the positive fan response. Our hope is that fans will enjoy this ‘Point of Know Return Tour’ just as much and hopefully even more.“

Throughout the tour, live shows will not only culminate with the album “Point of Know Return” performed in its entirety, but Kansas also will perform classic hits, deep cuts and fan favorites. The band has not publicly performed some songs in the more than two-hour Kansas musical event in decades, if ever.

“I often joke that I cannot be in charge of putting together a set list, because there are too many songs that I really want to perform,” said lead vocalist Ronnie Platt. “These shows, though, will be about as close as it gets. Of course, there will be hits like ‘Carry on Wayward Son,’ but to know we will be performing songs that Kansas has not performed live for 20 or 30 years, or even ever, that is just really exciting. It is going to be a lot of fun.”