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Kansas bringing special 40th anniversary show to Benedum

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Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:21 p.m.

Veteran rock band Kansas will perform a special 40th anniversary show on Aug. 17 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. In addition to the version of the band that's currently touring, the event will feature appearances by retired original members Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren and Robby Steinhardt. During the first half of the show, Kansas will perform with a 35-piece orchestra, followed after intermission by classic songs from its repertoire.

The venue, the former Stanley Theater, was selected because of the band's history there and the loyal fan base in Pittsburgh.

“People need to know that Pittsburgh, and the whole state of Pennsylvania, discovered the band Kansas first! We came here in the early days and Pittsburgh was like our home away from home!” drummer Phil Ehart said in a news release. “Heck, we are even using Rich Engler to promote this show at what used to be the Stanley Theater. Rich Engler and the incredible Stanley Theater … just like the old days! How cool is that?”

Tickets, $62.25 to $80.25, go on sale at 10 a.m. March 8. Details: 412-456-4800;

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