Credit: Michie TurpinThe tour that kicked off last fall celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kansas‘ breakthrough 1976 album, Leftoverture, is now set to carry on all the way into December. The veteran rockers, who’ll launch a spring leg of the trek on Friday, have added a lengthy new series of concerts running from an August 25 performance in Shreveport, Louisiana, through a December 9 show in The Villages, Florida.

Tickets for most of the new dates go on sale on Friday, March 31. The shows feature a full performance of Leftoverture, as well as select other songs from throughout Kansas’ long career, including tunes from the group’s latest studio effort, 2016’s The Prelude Implicit.

Speaking about the tour’s success, founding Kansas drummer Phil Ehart tells Billboard, “Way beyond our expectations is an understatement…Last fall I said, ‘If we could get 10 or 12 dates of this, that would be great,’ and we just blew by that. I guess we’d kind of forgotten what a huge album that was and is, and people really want to come out and hear us do it in its entirety.”

Leftoverture peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200, and includes arguably Kansas’ most enduring hit, “Carry On Wayward Son.” The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. to date.

Meanwhile, Ehart tells Billboard that Kansas also has big plans for 2018, including recording and releasing another studio album, and launching a tour focusing on Leftoverture‘s multi-platinum follow-up, 1977’s Point of Know Return.

“We’ll have the new album and do some songs off that and then play Point of Know Return in its entirety, so we’re going to use the same formula,” Ehart says of the group’s proposed next tour.

Here are all of Kansas’ Leftoverture 40th Anniversary U.S. tour dates:

3/24 — Salina, KS, The Stiefel Theatre
3/25 — Tulsa, OK, The Brady Theater
3/31 — Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
4/1 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theater
4/7 — Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
4/9 — Charleston, WV, The Clay Center
4/18 — Denver, CO, The Paramount
4/20 — Salt Lake City, UT, Delta Hall at Eccles Theatre
4/22 — Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center – Reynolds Hall
4/23 — Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
4/26 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
4/28 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/29 — Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
8/25 — Shreveport, LA, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
8/26 — Baton Rouge, LA, Baton Rouge River Center Theatre
9/8 — Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
9/9 — Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
9/12 — San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
9/13 — Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
9/15 — Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
9/19 — San Diego, CA, Poway Center for the Arts
9/21 — Wichita Falls, TX, Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls
9/22 — Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center
9/29 — Corpus Christi, TX, Selena Auditorium
9/30 — Houston, TX, Cullen Performance Hall
10/6 — Topeka, KS, Topeka Performing Arts Center
10/7 — Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
10/13 — Champaign, IL, The Virginia Theatre*
10/14 — Evansville, IN, Victory Theatre**
10/20 — Dodge City, KS, United Wireless Center
10/21 — Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena
10/27 — Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/28 — Huntsville, AL, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
11/3 — Saginaw, MI, Dow Events Center Theater
11/4 — Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theater
11/10 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
11/11 — Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
11/17 — Madison, WI, Capitol Theater
11/18 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
11/24 — Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts
11/25 — Akron, OH, The Goodyear Theater
12/1 — North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/2 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
12/8 — Pembroke Pines, FL, Pembroke Pines City Center
12/9 — The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

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