Founding Kansas Violinist & Co-Vocalist Robby Steinhardt Passes Away

Founding Kansas violinist and co-vocalist Robby Steinhardt has sadly passed away. The musician was 71 years old.

Steinhardt’s family issued the following statement:

“Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on, ‘Dust in The Wind,’ ‘Point Of No Return’ and ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.

Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.

Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.”

Kansas also commented:

“The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.

Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.

What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.

We love him and will miss him always.

KANSAS”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Halestorm, The Black Crowes, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Six String Salute” Virtual Concert

A number of artists will be joining forces for the “Six String Salute” virtual concert. The event will take place on September 17 and proceeds from it will benefit Crew Nation. Here’s the artists that are set to appear: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai, Tommy Shaw (Styx) with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Halestorm, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Joe Satriani, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie with Kansas’ Richard Williams, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Jennifer Batten, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Cropper, Jesse Dayton, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Nick Perri (The Underground Thieves), Sammy Boller, Ross the Boss, and Joyous Wolf. “Six String Salute” will be hosted by Steve Black (“The Chop Shop”) and it can be viewed on Live Nation’s YouTube channel. Limited edition merchandise will be also be available during the stream.

Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, White Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Master Recordings Reportedly Lost In 2008 UMG Fire

The New York Times recently shared a report on the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood that reportedly exposed the fact that numerous master recordings were destroyed. Now, the publication has followed up with a much larger list of affected artists. They include: Aerosmith, Audioslave, Nuno Bettencourt, Blink-182, Boston, Coverdale/Page, The Damned, Eagles, Extreme, Peter Frampton, Guns N’ Roses, Hole, Iron Butterfly, Jawbreaker, Jimmy Eat World, Kansas, Krokus, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Duff McKagan, Meat Loaf, Nazareth, Night Ranger, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Primus, Puddle Of Mudd, R.E.M., Soundgarden, Steppenwolf, Styx, Sublime, Temple Of The Dog, Tesla, Voivod, Whitesnake, Weezer, White Zombie, Y&T, Rob Zombie, and tons more. Many artists were unaware about their masters being lost and a number of them have filed a suit against UMG for breach of contract since the recordings weren’t properly secured and preserved. They are seeking damages in excess of $100 million. You can read more HERE.

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett Cover Kansas‘ “Carry On Wayward Son“ In Kansas

During Metallica’s March 4 show in Wichita, KS, Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett performed a live cover of Kansas‘ “Carry On Wayward Son“ as part of their “doodle” segment. You can see footage of that below:

Anthrax Perform Their Cover Of Kansas‘ “Carry On Wayward Son” Live For The First Time

During their April 22 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, Anthrax played their cover of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son” live for the first time. The studio version of the track comes with the band’s recently released limited edition vinyl box set version of “For All Kings.”

Anthrax To Release “For All Kings” Vinyl Box Set In March

Anthrax will be releasing a new limited edition vinyl box set version of “For All Kings“ on March 24. It will come with all the songs from the effort spread across 10 7” vinyls. It will also contain covers of Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son“ and The White Stripes’ “Black Math“, along with demo versions of “Breathing Lightning,” “Monster At The End,” “Suzerain,” “Zero Tolerance,” “Blood Eagle Wings,” and “Defend Avenge.”

Evanescence, Buckcherry, Queensrÿche, Etc. Added To Inaugural Moonstone Music Festival in Orlando, FL

More artistis have been confirmed for the 2016 Moonstone Music Festival. The festival will take place in Orlando, Fl, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, on April 30-May 1, and will now include: Evanescence, Buckcherry, Queensrÿche, KISS, Def Leppard, Flaming Lips, Wolf Alice, Stone Foxes, Steel Panther, AWOLNATION, Best Coast, Kansas, White Buffalo, Raveneye, Live, Girlpool, Vintage Trouble, John & Jacob, Eternal Summers, Elliot Root, Civil Twilight, John Moreland, Surfer Blood, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, The Coathangers, Baskery, Hollis Brown, All Them Witches, Andrew Watt, Jane Lee Hooker, Creem Circus, Beebs & Her Money Makers, Shotgun Betty, AMFMS, The Mud Flappers, Kaleigh Baker, AfroWhitey, Beartoe, Airsickness, Ashland, Sunghosts, Bloody Jug Band, The Groove Orient, Josh Hastick, Big Jesus, The Hitchhiker, Room Full of Strangers, Mike Dunn, January May, Conrad Oberg, Gritt, Janani, Best Behavior, and Jacie & the Knick-Knacks.

KISS, & Def Leppard to Headline Inaugural Moonstone Music Festival in Orlando, FL

It has been revealed that KISS, and Def Leppard will headline the first ever Moonstone Music Festival in Orlando, Fl, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. It will take place on April 30-May 1, and will also include: Sebastian Bach, Scott Stapp, RavenEye, Kansas, Flaming Lips, Vintage Trouble, White Buffalo, Super Blood, and more. You can read more about the event in the below press release: