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QUESTIONS OF MY CHILDHOOD (Archive) - Ask Steve

 

For a couple of reasons, the option to ask Steve has come to an end!

Sorry for that!

2003

 

July

John: Hey Steve, I saw the show at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA two nights ago. Your voice sounded as strong as I've heard it in awhile --- especially the way you held that last note out in Point of Know Return. Awesome. Are you satisfied with your voice right now ?? Also, I know fans like me always think they have the right to suggest songs that the band should play. I would never do that. But if I did ---- three little words --- No One Together. Thanks for the music. Take care.
Steve: Thanks.
Glenn: Steve, First Question: I know you have said that you stopped your stage antics for a purpose and I respect you doing so. My first question is this, do you ever miss it? Do you ever stand there calmly thinking, "I wish I was doing a handstand right now?" Second question: What inspired you guys to do "Uninvited?" Is it part of a future project?
Steve: "antics" reminds me of something that describes an artist who has nothing to contribute. Most of the time, I wish I had never done any of that silly shit.
Chris: Hi! I'm a huge fan and my band is opening for Kansas in August.....got a question.... Steve, do you stay in contact with Mark Emberton or Mark Parks? My husband is good friends with Mark Emberton (from when he lived in Kansas City). Haven't heard from Mark E. in a while....and we know Mark P. was a good friend in the early days....is he still around? Hopefully looking forward to meeting you in August.....
Steve: No.
Tim: Hi Steve, Thanks for sharing your musical gifts throughout the years. My question is regarding the time that Kansas spent touring with Queen back in the 70s. In the past, I have read statements made by Kansas members that Kansas stage performances were somewhat influenced by watching Queen's shows during the early years. I have also seen pictures of Kansas members (at least of Kerry and Robby) hanging out backstage with Freddie and Co. I know that Roger Taylor sang backup vocals on Vinyl Confessions shortly after you left the band in the early 80s. Do you have any memories of the Kansas / Queen days that you would like to share with your fans? For example, are there any personal highlights of touring with them that stand out?
Steve: Yeah, Freddy was a complete asshole. The rest of the guys were great...gay(not that there's anything wrong with that), but great.
Jeff: Hi Steve, I was wondering if you have an opinion of Kerry's solo work after Seeds of Change (AD, subsequent solo albums)... What do you think? Any noteworthy likes or dislikes?
Steve: I have no comment
Sandy: Steve will you be writing any songs for the next Kansas album?
Steve: I don't know yet.
Sandy: Steve, will Kansas ever release a DVD of past music videos, ex. Point, Carry On, Monolith collection to name a few?
Steve: They ranged from awful, to god-awful...I think they'd best be forgotten.
Tom: Hello Steve,Tom here from Seattle......Thankyou from the bottom of my Heart for all the songs,cds, dvds and concerts you have done and given me joy/entertainment from. Sometimes my day can look and feel like its gonna be a blah one and I put a Kansas tune on and I am looking at a great day after all! My question/s are : If Kansas was to hang it up today (please don't) Would you feel like you completed everything and leave fulfilled? Or is there something missing and needed to be done to complete the Kansas puzzle? Does the fact Kansas has no #1 song bother you? It pisses me off....haha. Keep up the Awesome work and know there are Super Grateful people who love you!
Steve: It's never over. That's the nature of creativity
Marc: Steve, When you left Kansas in 81, How did you form Streets? How did the other 3 members get to be in the band with you? Thanks for the time you take in answering our questions.
Steve: I started out with a guy who I later let go, and Tim Gehrt. Then I got Mike Slamer, and we found Billy Greer. did demos, got signed.
Robert: Steve, Robert Held in Dallas again. I wanted to ask how do you guys determine which songs to fit together in the medleys you do? they are some of my favorite parts of the live show. The DVD only touches upon that, throwing in "Lightning's Hand" at the end of "Belexes". The medleys you have done in the past have been phenomenal, especially for those of us that know the songs forward and backward. Have you ever thought of doing a tour more like Yes' "Masterworks Tour" and to hell with the "dust and bolt" people? there are a number of songs that i know us Wheatheads would love to hear, but either weren't well known outside the Kansas community, or were too long to be considered for the live show.Thanks for all the years of music, and may it never end. Just got Khymera, by the way. You are sounding better than ever!! Great stuff! That and "...Mammoth" are some of your best work, vocally, in recent years!!
Steve: We do what we do because of the people in the band. thanks for your support
Matt: Dear Steve, As a fan of yours (for over 30 years), I wondered if you ever entertained the idea of going out on tour, in support of, and, or, just to bring "GLOSSOLALIA" LIVE to the masses? Great Album! Also,"IN THE SPIRIT of THINGS" happens to be MY favourite KANSAS record as well! Great job on that one!! It is very dear to my heart...
Steve: Yeah, I've thought of it. thanks
Bob: BOB (ONCE AGAIN)....BY THE WAY, I PLAY KANSAS' SONGS IN MY VIDEO STORE. YOU WERE SPECTACULAR VOCALLY ON THE SONG "JUST CAN'T CRY ANYMORE" A LITTLE-MENTIONED GEM FROM THE "POWER" ALBUM. I WAS SO MOVED THAT I WROTE MY COMMENTS ON AMAZON.COM. TWO QUESTIONS: WHO WROTE THE SONG, AND AS BEST YOU CAN RECALL, WAS THIS A TOUGH SONG TO SING?
Steve: It was really tough to sing. A band in Atlanta wrote it.
Jeff: Steve, I'm sending this on June 15, so "Happy Birthday." I hope I'm in as good of shape when I'm 52! Question: I've been to Kansas shows right up front, in the middle, and in the last row watching. My question, then, is how do you guys (Kansas) "see" the audience? Which is to say, do you look out and sort of check the crowd out when your playing? Do you draw any energy from it? Seems to me that the way you guys have to focus on what you do, it would block all of that out. Am I wrong? I guess I'm just curious if we (the fans) give you satisfaction when you play (us REAL Kansas fans that is who know all the songs, that is). You guys are the BEST live and seems like you are getting better each year. Finally, just a compliment. Thanks for letting the world know about Mike Slamer and Billy Greer who first joined you in "Streets." I'm personally so glad that Billy has been with the band so long and that you and Billy both used Mike on your latest solo efforts. I guess this does raise a final question - are there any other recordings we can hear Mike Slamer on, you know, his own band or other projects? As always, thanks for your time!
Steve: I don't know how to answer this question. sorry
Bill: Steve, Do you still own a Hammond organ, Leslie Speaker rig? What was your signature drawbar setting?
Steve: No I don't. I just pulled all of them out all the way

Jean: Have you ever wanted to go back and change any lyrics on any songs you wrote? If so, just pick one, and tell us what you would change. Thanks a bunch - see ya in Jersey.

Steve: Yes and sorry I don't have time to mend the past.

 

June

Melissia: Steve, My name is Melissia Dachroeden and I live in St. Louis, Missouri. I saw you at Pops March 28, 2003. Awesome show ! As I was reading about the band, you, I learned that you were adopted, and that you adopted your first child. I have 7 children, 5 adopted. How did you feel once you found out that you were adopted? Did that have any influence on your decision to adopt? And, what nationality are you? Keep singing...you've truly been blessed with a great voice and talent. Love your family and stay safe !
Steve:I always knew I was. There was no revelation by my parents. They taught me about it as far back as I can remember. Yes, it's had an effect on my entire life really. I don't know. Thanks.
Tony: Steve, I just wanted to let you know that the show you did at Pop's in Saguet Ill, was fantastic. I was blown away by the music, and energy you all still exhude. It was the best concert I have taken in, bar none. The friends I was with were even fortunate enough to get some album covers signed by you all. Thank you very much, It was an awesome show. My question is that all of you seem to have the same tattoo on the forearm of your right arm, what is the design or the picure of? and how did that come about?Thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions.
Steve:Answer is on previous questions It's a bird we all got when we were in L.A. in the early days. thanks
Harry: Steve, I'm 39 years old, and have been a long-time fan - I've seen you six times, the first being in 1975(?) during your Leftoverture tour at the Allentown fairgrounds (Cheap Trick opened up). For years, I've been trying to turn my friends on to Kansas, telling them that your music is so much more complex and original than most of the junk you hear on the radio. Unfortunately, the response I most often hear is "Kansas...aren't they the guys that sing Dust in the Wind?" With the body of incredible work that Kansas has turned out, I get frustrated that I can't get anyone to look beyond that one song (which in my personal humble opinion, was not one of your best songs). How do you react to that? Does it frustrate you thinking that the vast majority of people are stereotyping your entire career based on one song? Thanks very much.
Steve: It has happened, is happening, will continue to happen. Everybody gets frozen in time in their career, and everything they do after that is constantly compared to that particular moment. I'm watching CNN Headline News, and somebody in Pearl Jam is having a birthday today. So what do they decide to play? EVENFLO....that song is 10 years old!! They've done at least 3 cds since then. But the public wants to relate to that one thing. Hey, same thing with Judy Garland....Somewhere over the Rainbow....drove her to drug abuse and early death. that's the curse of fame. But if it wasn't for Dust, I'm not sure if I'd be here doing what I do right now.
John: Cheers, Steve, What's up, man? In my opinion Dave Hope's bass playing is highly underrated and inspired me to play the bass. What was it like working with him in the studio and live? Thanks for the music.
Steve: Dave was brilliant. He was also the guy who collected the money for us in the early days. But while he was collecting, we were out loading the freakin school bus with our equipment in the freezing cold Kansas winters.
Rich: Hi Steve, I am looking forward to seeing you in Stamford, Connecticut for the May make-up date of the gig that was snowed out. Can you tell us about what appears to be a letter K tattoo on all the band members in some early photos? By the way, I have never seen you perform "Lonely Wind" in person. If you can fit it into the set in Stamford, CT that would be cool. Thanks, a fan for 23 years.....
Steve: It's a bird. thanks
Gemari: I first discovered Steve Walsh and Kansas in early 1998, when I purchased Kansas' Best Of at the recommendation of some Kansas fans online. As soon as I listened to it, I loved it instantly. I was already a fan of 'prog rock' and technical music in general...but the main thing I was attracted to wasn't the instrumentation, but it was your voice. After about a month or two of wearing out my cassette of Best Of, I felt I needed more. So I started filling out my collection, buying every single Kansas CD I could find (as well as a dubbed copy of Masque from someone online). You guys quickly became my favorite band and that's pretty much ALL I listened to for all of 1998....knew every song on every CD. Then in October of that year, I look in the newspaper and what do I see...'Kansas at the House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach on Halloween Night'...Oh yeah! First I discover you guys, fall in love with the band and now I'm gonna see you guys live---all within the same year. Awesome! So me and my wife (at the time) drove to the Beach early that day and hung out at the House Of Blues all day long (along with the $10 Burgars they were selling). Finally it was show time. First, there was the Halloween costume contest, and then Kansas. I have to say that that show and night was the most awesome experience ever. One of the things that made it so great was that I was only 22 years old at the time and high on the fact that I was gonna see 'my boy' (you) live and in person. Then, I happened to end up right in front of the stage on your side where we made eye contact several times throughout the night. Also, ultra cool Billy Greer kept giving me thumbs up! If you remember (you probably don't) I was the black guy at the front of the stage singing along to EVERY song, and I'm still a fan to this day. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to catch you the last 4 times you've come to the beach or attend the DVD filming because like you, my job keeps me away from home a lot. Which brings me to my question. How often do you run across people that are Kansas fans...that you wouldn't expect to be Kansas fans? Thanks.
Steve: Not that often.
Bo: Dear Steve. Today 24th of april, the postman came with a long-awaited box. It was the Device Voice Drum-DVD. Jiippiii, I haven't seen Kansas since back in 1978, in Stockholm, Sweden. I remember your more or less acrobatic performance at your Hammond and of course Magnum Opus! Me, a huge "KIZZ" and "Alice Cooper" fan back then, dragged to this Kansas-concert by my sister were a band, that I thought was in the same musicalgenre as America or Eagles..........NOT! That night in Stockholm Concert House 1978 changed my musical listening forever...... thanks to Magnum Opus and a bunch of other songs! So, I simply wonder why Kansas didn't play Magnum Opus on the DVD? I hope like a many others that you will play live in Europe and especially in Sweden, known for having one of the best audiences in the world, so I heard....;-) Take care and say Hi to the others in Kansas!
Steve: We didn't have time to do everything. thanks.
Ellen: Steve: A few months ago I asked you which one of your songs you could most imagine being adapted into a short story. Your answer was "Rainmaker." Do you see the story of "Ghosts" as an introduction (sort of a flashback - as it seems to be on "In The Spirit of Things") to an adaptation of "Rainmaker" or as more of a postscript?
Steve: I wrote practically every song on that cd as a moment in a play. Ghosts would be the reminiscent first act.
Mark: Steve- Do you have a favorite venue? Any memories on your most memorable performance with the band over the years?
Steve: I have described a few in my writings on the website.
Mark: Steve, I'm a long-time fan of yours dating back to the early 70's. I remember the huge arena concert days and always found a way to see the show whenever you and Kansas came through our neck of the woods. A question I've always had and have never been able to answer for myself is: What is your heritage? I've read that you were adopted. I'll tell you why I ask. When I was a boy, my mother and father would take me and my brothers to the county fair and we'd always stay late and watch the Indian Pow-Wow. I have this vivid memory of watching this young "Warrior Dancer" and how he moved. He wore this beautiful ceremonial headdress, loin cloth and bands of ornate Native American finery. Jump forward 10 years when I first saw your photo in a concert program from the late 70's. It was as if that young Native American warrior, that I saw as a boy, was now the lead singer for a band named "Kansas".
Steve: Yeah, well, I don't think my heritage is as noble as all that, but thanks.
John: Steve, In addition to Kansas and your most impressive Glossolalia cd I have always enjoyed your performance on the Steve Hackett album Please Don't Touch along with Phil Ehart. I have never been able to find out how the performance came about. Was Steve Hackett a fan and invited you to perform? Also, I would be interested in your side of the experience. In other words did you enjoy it, are you happy with the performance and were you a Genesis fan at the time? Thanks.
Steve: I'm almost sure I've answered this question before. thanks,
Jack: Hello Steve I'm from Scotland in the UK and I and a small band of friends (around 15-20) grew up in the 80's listening to the many great bands coming out of your country at that time courtesy of a great little import shop that stocked only the best in melodic hard rock and aor bands. It was an exciting time and the Streets Crimes in Mind album was definitely a highlight. Can I just thank you for the wonderful memories I and my friends have associated with that time and that album and close by asking you this. Crimes in Mind is filled with many musical highlights, mine being the guitar playing on the song hit and run and your vocal performance on broken glass. Out of all the highlights was there one moment when recording that album that you thought "Yeah, it doesnt get much better than this?". Again many thanks.
Steve: Crimes in Mind came out and was immediately flushed down the tube. We all were pretty sure we were going to make a mark and a career for ourselves, and if I wouldn't have been convinced, I wouldn't have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into the development of that project. It wasn't to be.
Joseph: Dear Steve, My favoriate song by you is indeed " Lonely Wind , what was the inspiration behind it ? When you sing that song I get a chill down my neck all the time and tears fall from my eyes (and Im not the type of dude that cries). You sing that song with so much FEELING. Whenever Im sad or depressed I listen to that song and it always brings a smile to my face.Thank you Steve. Sincerly, Joseph S. Mauriello Long Islands biggest Steve Walsh fan. God Bless....
Steve: Living in Kansas in the 70's has an effect on everybody I guess. thanks.
Hyenik: Which amp is used for the rhythm guitar in first song on Glossolalia album? The sound is killing! Thanx.
Steve: Mike Slamer plays a Marshall, and it's augmented by sample cd sounds. thanks.

Mark: Hey Steve, Mark Pennel here. I've been a big fan for years, blah blah blah, you know the usual BS you hear all the time. Anyhow, having the demos Vinyl Confessions, I've always loved the song, It's Almost 1984. (I haven't listened to it in a while, so I'm hoping I have the name/lyrics right). I thought this song had some real potential, especially if it were polished and mixed a little more with the pure Kansas sound. Obviously, the lyrics are out of date, and would need reworked for the 21st century, but I think it's one song that has real Kansas potential. Any thoughts on maybe reworking it for an upcoming Kansas or solo release? I guess it would depend if you own the rights to it, and whatever else the legalities of music hold, but I thought I'd bend your ear on this issue, and see if you've ever given it any thought. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

Steve: I appreciate the thorough energy of our fans to try to acquire absolutely everything we have ever done or attempted, but occasionally it starts to encroach on one's privacy. I have nothing to say about songs that don't turn up on cds, except to say that I am an artist, and I write..that's what I do. But if I listened to everybody with anything to say about experimental songs we have done, I'd be spinning in circles. I hope you understand, that demos are NOT for public consumption. That's one of the reasons we've stopped doing songs live that aren't on a cd yet. It's because of this encroachment. So, we have no output for our new stuff. We have no way to "try things out" on the public. Please respect our privacy. thanks

 

May

Bob: Steve. If I could only take five of my top albums of all time to MARS !!!!!!!!!! I would take Schemer-Dreamer....Is there a story behind " Just how it feels"????????

Steve: It's a tribute to my Grandparents who I lived right next door to. At the time, my G'father was just about to die.

 

Rich: Steve, How are you? How's the family? I wanted to know if the Streets cds that were released by Wounded Bird Records are official & sanctioned by you & Billy Greer. (I won't buy them unless they are.) Thanks for ther music!

Steve: Yes, they are a true representation. Thanks for asking.

 

Tom: Steve, I see that on your upcoming tour, you will be sharing the bill with Paul Rodgers. I found that particularly interesting since I remember reading that you had once auditioned for BadCo. My question is one, do you and Paul Rodgers have a friendly relationship and secondly, considering your previous interest in the band, do you two plan to share the stage for any songs during the tour? (Granted, I'm sure these type of things occur without planning) I'm sure those BadCo and Kansas fans out there would love to see you two belting out a little "Shooting Star". I'm looking forward to my first and long-awaited Kansas concert this summer in New Hampshire. Take care.

Steve: Paul is in my opinion along with Robin Zander, the best in rock vocals. I have never met him. The songs that Free and Bad Co. along with Paul's solo band "THE LAW" are among the best. I tried out for Bad Co, because their singer who had replaced Paul was being flakey about showing up to gigs. The band didn't like him either. He's a good singer, but he has a typical lead singer's attitude. But Paul is the very best.

 

Dave: Steve- Maybe you have been asked this already, but will you ever consider playing some of your solo stuff live with Kansas? Like Every Step Of The Way, or from STREETS, If Love Should Go? That’s the bad thing, when great lead singers do solo stuff, they don't play it as much as they should! Great show at POP's in St.Louis!

Steve: I know Lou Gramm of Foreigner performs some of his solo stuff-it just depends on the sales and recognizability of the songs. We probably won't do any solo stuff. At least, we never have before.

 

Scott: Dear Steve Walsh, Can you please tell how you would feel about a "Peoples Choice" Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? The current Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Committee is a joke to most musicians in the truest sense. We all know what bands like Kansas and Rush have meant to us and how these bands have inspired countless musicians throughout time but seem to be overlooked even though they have met all the criteria set by the committee. It really has very little to do with music as an art,musicianship,technical merit and the molding of Rock music as we see it. Kansas is so deserving of a "place of honor" in the history of Rock music for more reasons than I can describe in a short amount of time and should not be slighted. My question is this. Do you feel that a "Peoples Choice Rock Hall of Fame" would be better than what we currently have and what would the criteria be if set by you? This way it could be voted on by countless musicans as well as others throughout the world instead of a self appointed committee in New York City who have probably never picked up an instrument in their lives or have a clue about music composition,arrangements and so on. We Wheatheads love you guys and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contribution and how you have inspired us in music and in word. I truly feel that Kansas is the greatest American Progressive Rock Band ever to unfold and so do many others. Long live "Kansas" and God Bless,Scott Witchey

Steve:. I'm not really an awards type person. I was watching Inside the Actors Studio on the Bravo channel, and Robin Williams was being interviewed by that really unique bearded guy. He must carry a big stick, cause all the top people go on this show. Anyway, Williams said what a thrill it was to get the Oscar, but it put him in an awkward place-the next day, the next month, the next year. It was like,"OK, so NOW what"...and that's how I feel. I relish the effort and the task more than the reward it might accumulate. I'm with you on your view of the Hall of Fame. It's just a political posture with a building and a staff, and they all want to get paid to "use" artists who have a certain notoriety. Most of my favorite bands will never be in there. I can't imagine RAMMSTEIN ever getting there.

 

Bruce: Love your work on Steve Hackett's "Please Don't Touch" album. How did you get involved on this album? Have you talked to Steve Hackett since the recording of this album? Thanks.

Steve: I haven't talked to him, but I know he's still out there. In the recording world, it's kinda like "who are you this very instant?, and can we exploit you with OUR artist to make more money??" I know that's harsh, but so was Bono singing with Frank Sinatra.

 

Marc: Steve, which band/line-up did you like better: Streets or Power/Spirit of things? What is your favorite song from both bands? Thanks.

Steve: I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I answered that. Lonely Woman's Cry is probably one of the best. Ghosts is probably there, Rainmaker.

 

Marc: Hi, Steve. When you're playing keys and singing at the same time, which one do you think demands more of your attention? Do you focus more on one while the other is sort of on autopilot? Thanks.

Steve: The black keys are the toughest.

 

Depotgang: Hey Steve. I’ve noticed you have been doing more “on Stage” like when you played the congas in KC with JT. Is this part of an effort to be more involved in the stage act, or do you just DO what you feel like when you feel like it. Also are you sick and tired of all these stupid questions?

Steve: The question within a question .......1. I donno 2. kinda 3. sometimes

 

Paul: Steve, I am a keyboard player and singer. You are my hugest inspiration. I live in Canada and went to Seattle to be amazed by KANSAS around 'live at the Whisky' time. Best band on earth. Then, 6 months later in Victoria BC, it was like a totally different band. No disrespect. Still sounded amazing, but the vibe was way down. I think the band had a flu. 2 shows in one night, you took a ferry over to Vancouver Island. Do you remember this gig? Is there a story here?

Steve: Canada gigs are not a representation of this band. It's a pain in the ass to go to Canada. It's like going to Europe only for one day. Customs has ripped us from time to time, and the gigs are usually just like the one you saw, where we have to play everything twice. Playing everything once gives me a massive headache from having to sing so high and strenuously. THEN, having to do it again is like having a hangover and working a jackhammer. THEN, the next day, you get to pack up and go someplace else and do it again. I hate feeling like apologizing after a gig, or worse yet, knowing that I'm gonna feel that way even before the gig begins. You might ask, "then, why play there?" and the answer lies in my daughter's bed. It's the only thing I know how to do. If we could, we would play "real" gigs with "real" bands. Like the one we're getting ready to do with Paul Roger's....

....I just returned from a run in a torrential downpour here in Atlanta-like the scene in Forest Gump when sgt. Dan climbs the mast in the middle of a storm at sea to taunt God. I actually asked that lightning strike close to me so that I might awaken certain parts of my body I fear are becoming dormant. Anyway, my seratonin and dopamine are running strong so I'd like to continue with question #10 YES, there is a story behind that gig now that I remember it. We arrived early in the morning to the casino. Casinos are where people use to gamble but now they "game". In either case they are uncerimoniously throwing their children's money down the toilet. I urge anyone who likes casinos to read Andy Rooney's book about where this money goes. It AIN'T to the Indians. Now, where was I.......Oh yeah. Anyway, we arrived and our truck with equipment was due to pass over some town in Mich. after clearing customs. Well, someone forgot to simonize the manifest, and certain facts were misconstrued. That coupled with the fact that the drivers of our truck- members of our crew, have a history with drug related crime. In fact one of them had done hard time, and when the authorities on the Canadian side saw this pop up on their screen, they immediately impounded our truck. So there we sat for the day while we waited to see if what we use to play would even get there. I was starting to imagine the trial scene from Joan of Arc where we burned our roadies at the stake. I'm not making this up. We literally had to hire a policeman from Mich to drive our stuff across the border. Our guys couldn't get in. When it arrived, it was literally in the nick of time, and we were worn completely out worrying about how we were going to continue our tour-two roadies lite. That's the way that day went down. It wasn't pleasant. It wasn't the end of the world. But it's one reason why two of my favorite movies are Canadian Bacon, and South Park-the movie. In both, the United States wages war on Canada.

 

Rich: steve, I remember reading a review of SD in circus magazine where you were referred to as a "7 Corvette Millionaire" ... just wondering what became of those cars.

Steve: Sorry, I've never owned a Corvette in my life. I've never been a milli onaire. Circus magazine once reviewed Point of Know Return, and in the review stated...."don't buy this album, because they'll only make more just like it"......

 

Rich: steve, How many vocal parts are there in "So Many Nights".. awesome vocal arrangment and a very good song.

Steve: I don't remember.

 

John: Steve, could you please answer a question members of the KansasFans.com group have been wondering about today? What was the lyrical inspiration for "Black Fathom 4"? I recall going to one of your shows during the "Freaks" tour in 1995, and you mentioned that the vision for the song came about from the turmoil in Yugoslavia around that time. Thanks for your time and any recollection you can give us.

Steve: Yes, that's correct.


Dan: Hi Steve, I was curious, have you ever listened to the Kansas albums they did with John Elefante? If so, what did you think of them? Have you ever met him personally? Thanks.

Steve: When I met John, he was OK. Seemed like someone you could have in a band.


Jeff: Hi Steve, I have read how much you have been influenced by Paul Rogers, and now I see you are touring with him for a bit this year. Is he STILL your all-time favorite singer? If so, what is it about his style that grabs you? Also - I know you have little if anything to do with the tour schedule, but do you know of any Ohio dates for this year? And finally - any more plans for a solo project? I've loved both that you have done. "Rebecca" off of your last solo effort just floors me. Thanks.

Steve: Check the website for dates. Soul in a singer is the elusive quality that directs their efforts. It is something you feel rather than study. I've tried to ape his riffs vocally and they just don't sound the same which proves my point. He's got that quality. Makes you feel he's singing from his heart rather than his throat.

 

April

Sandy: Hey Steve, just wondering what your favorite sports are ex. Hockey, Basketball?. What are some of you favorite teams? Also, when did you start jogging? Is this something that you have started recently or have you been doing it for years, you look like you are in great shape from it. Just a short note about not being Mick Jagger, I would rather see a Kansas concert with all the band members able to play there own instruments and sing and sound great and act their age after 30+ years than pay outrageous amounts to see very old men out of rehab, dancing around or pretending to play or sing something that they haven't in 30 years. Sorry to knock the Stones but the HBO Special left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Thanks Steve, keep up the great work!
Steve: Thanks.
Robert: Steve,Robert Held from Dallas again. We all appreciate you actually taking the time to answer our burning questions, though at times they may seem redundant. Hopefully I won't repeat anyone else's questions! My question is about my personal favorite album: Monolith. I have read that ya'll don't often play songs from this album as it didn't sell as well as its predecessors. On the songs you wrote, especially "Angels Have Fallen" and "How My Soul…", the band used some very unique recording sounds and techniques. What was the inspiration for the "bar-room" break in "How My Soul…"? Secondly (and a point that is lost on the younger folk who never had the opportunity to play with vinyl), the bizarre notion of continuing the song for the first few seconds of side two was ingenious! any recollections of writing or producing that album? I know that it was the band's first attempt at producing yourselves. any major issues with that? As a side-note, I thought "Byzantium" was one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard ya'll perform live. any chance of bringing that one back to the setlist?
Steve: I don't remember. It's a spur of the moment thing a lot of times. Byzantium was not well received by those who attend and who are not fans. We refer to those people as the Dust N Bolt crowd. They want to hear Dust-then they leave. That's why we wait till we're almost done to play it.
Jeff: Hi Steve, One of things that I like so much about Kansas' music is the complexity of the compositions, and the level musicianship required to perform them. So, I have 2 questions (I cheated again): 1) What do you consider to be the most challenging keyboard piece you've ever had to perform? 2) What's the most challenging vocal piece you've ever had to perform? Again, thanks for your time...
Steve: The Spider-Portrait.
Steve: Hey Steve, Have you heard Johnny Cash doin' the Nine Inch Nails tune? Is there any chance of seeing a Kansas/Tool tour or maybe Kansas/Audioslave?
Steve: I'll be wherever I can.
William: I like the way you write, I like the songs sure, but what I mean is, I like the newsletters. Your a great story teller, have you planed on a book, or short story. Maybe do a movie. Try writing a screen play, maybe a short story for IFC or something, have you seriously pursued this? I know your very busy, but man what great stories
Steve: Thanks, and I would love to do something creative like that. I thought about doing short movies of all the songs on Glossolalia and then syncing it to the music as I sing it live on a stage with a screen beside me. Minimal lighting on me-most of the focus on the song's movie. Sounds expensive.
Vermund: My name is Vemund Moss and I am from Norway,it would be great if you could tour Europe some time in the future. I have a couple of questions concerning the Freaks area. In my opinion the line-up then was shit hot. Can you tell a little about why Ragsdale left the band,and do you still have contact with him? You were responsible for most of the songs on the album, can we expect you being more involved in songwriting for the next Kansas album? It would be great if you and Kerry could write together again. Finally, did any of your shows in the late seventies get filmed? If so, I do hope it will get released on DVD in the future.Thank you, and please come to Europe.
Steve: Thanks for you thoughts. I agree. that band's lineup was in my opinion one of the best. Rags is in Vegas doing a club gig.
Bruce: Steve, I've been a fan of Kansas since I first saw you guys open up for Bad Company at Madison Square Garden, if I remember it was 1976. My question is how come Kansas doesn't play anything from Monolith when you guys tour? It's such a great album. One of memories of the Monolith tour is Robbie banging on the anvil during On The Other Side. The dvd is awesome. I hope you guys have plans to play Westbury Music Fair this year what a awesome place to see you guys perform.
Steve: We are doing On the Other Side. Robby is still banging on something.
Stan: Hello Steve. I was just browsing through my collection of concert tickets and I came across the Kansas concert ticket stub from the show at the University of Alabama in 1977. What a fun show for a 15 year old kid! I had never seen anything like that before. I remember the big "lightning machine" behind Phil's drums. I remember those guys rowing a boat across the stage during "Point of Know Return". I have seen Kansas many times since then and enjoyed every show, but I guess that it was those youthful, magical days that really stick with us. My question is: Where did the inspiration for the theatrical stage shows come from? Take Care Steve.
Steve: A real tour brings about real ideas. They all cost real money. We burned it by the truckload back then.
Gary: OK Steve, here's a straight forward statement, more so than a question. I sent you a couple of Questions, one of which you answered quite honestly, the other, quite out there. Are there certain parts of your life and carreer that you hold as to personal, therefore you mask the answers. Your life is your own,but your carreer is something we all, as fans, hold in our hearts daily, especially as fellow musicians.I read your Q and A every month and I wonder if its even the same person repling to all these questions. Very Hot and Cold. Sorry to be so harsh. Anyhow this email most likely won't be printed. It's just really heart breaking as a fan and more so as a musician to finally get a chance to talk to you and get suck a cocky answer back.
Steve: Thanks for your observations. I'll try to be exactly what you want me to be...how's that.
Angie: Dear Steve, hope you have recovered from the stress of touring so extensively and are enjoying the Atlanta sunshine (hopefully there is some), and getting back into good spirits. Life can at times take a lot out of us. I just lost my job and am in the process of losing my marbles as well but never mind, as long as I have your music to carry me through the rough times I'll be alright. Went through the worst depression that ever hit me after Christmas and that's when I discovered "Freaks of Nature" --- listened to it practically non-stop for several weeks. Amazing album! I've felt like a Martian or a freak of nature all my life, never fitting the norm and most certainly never following any fads, maybe that's why it appeals to me so much. What I would like to ask you is, why does David Ragsdale play ever so slightly off-key in "Peaceful and warm"? He starts doing it at about 4.54 minutes into the song and then on and off until the end. I'm not a musician but I have a good ear for music, and I flinch every time he does it, and so does my Japanese friend who is a classical pianist. Did you plan his "slips of the bow" in case the song sounded too mushy? It doesn't! I thinks it's lovely and not at all schmaltzy but with a simplicity and sincerity that is quite genuine and expresses very beautifully how you felt when you wrote it. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, and for everything (your music, the dvd, the concerts, and sharing thoughts, emotions and experiences with us fans on your homepage). Love and admiration always, Angie from Stuttgart, Germany (sushi bars here, too!)
Steve: Sushi in Germany. I'll be right there....I had no idea about it being out of tune. I'm gonna call him and get pissy.
Ian: How would you decribe the difference in style and sound between Rags and Robby (obviously both really good violin players) & Kerry, Rich and Steve Morse (accomplished guitarists). Do you favor one style as it pertains to fitting with the band? Also, what's your favorite reality TV show?
Steve: It's all apples and oranges when it comes to comparisons. I don't like them myself...the news is still my only reality tv show.
Jim: Steve, this is Jim in Baltimore, MD. I've been into the band since the first album & saw you guys in concert the first time when you opened for Bad Company at the old Captitol Center in Landover, MD. Excellent show! I have also seen Kansas on the Leftoverture & Monolith tours & when you opened for Yes last summer at the Nissan Pavillion in VA. My question: how do you feel about internet file sharing? I've been sharing & downloading MP3 files for a few years now & from time to time I wonder if this practice isn't harming musicians, financially. I think in general that it doesn't, that it is not much different from the old days when people used to tape a friend's vinyl album that they couldn't afford at the time, & that it has a way of bringing new musicians to a person's attention. Is this just a rationalization? Please let me know, I respect your opinion. Also, recently in my adventures in file sharing, I have run across segments of an old Kansas show that goes under the title "Leftovertour Live 76". It sounds like it was taped from the sound board. Are you aware of this & what is your opinion? Does it piss you off that this thing exists? Thanks for all the years of music & keep on rockin!
Steve: I have no privacy when it comes to the computer age. if you're asking me if file sharing is OK. No it's not. besides MP3s suck compared to even cd quality. but until the industry comes up with a new standard such as 24bit 48k audio(dvd audio), it won't be blatant. But believe me, when and if that comes about, there will probably be another downloadable format that comes close again-thereby negating the progress toward real ownership-something the musician has a right to have, and not the person who downloads.
Bob: Hello (again) Steve, I hope you won't find this question trite, I am very curious to know your opinion. In terms of vocal ability, in the Rock genre, who would you say are your favorite male vocalists from the 60s and 70s?
Steve: Paul Rogers of Free, Bad Company etc. is by far the one and only
Rick: My question is,do you find yourself influenced more these days by you heritage,or has it always been so? Anyway,I wish you well Steve,and wish you peace within your heart!
Steve: I have no heritage. I'm adopted!

John: Hey Steve, Have you ever explored some of the other arts..? Like acting? wrighting scripts .. a book? You are very talented.... Im sure there is much more to the man we see on stage..You would probably be a great character actor......just curious...

Steve: I've tried them all. That's why I post stories from time to time on my website. I figure, I'll just give these stories away for free. cheers.

 

March

John: Steve, there use to be a web movie on the Kansas website called "A Day In the Life". It was great and I always wondered who came up with the concept ? Who the actors were ? Location ? etc. Thanks.
Steve: I'm not at liberty to tell you the answer.
Glenn: Steve, It seems all the questions that could be asked about your music and Kansas are rather repetitive and have been asked. So I have a question that has nothing to do with Kansas and is admittedly insignificant. You travel a lot and get to see many diffent cities and eat and many different restaurants. List your top 5 favorite restaurants in the U.S. (I told you it was insignificant)
Steve: Room service
Teri: Hello Steve, Years ago growing up in Topeka my friends and I played hedgeball football with some college guys on the Washburn campus. One guy with really long hair had a pair of shorts on his head and his hair coming out through the leg holes and one guy had really blonde hair...We were in 6th or 7th grade and really had a blast and even got piggy back rides. They said they played in a rock band named Kansas. Was it you guys? Rock on .
Steve: There was a number of piggy back ride giving bastards who said they were us, but there rides are nothing like ours....
Michael: Dear Steve, that underlying, ongoing and intensely magnetic and seductive thread which seemes to link memory and time into what we call "Now" has always been of a musical nature for me; the music of kansas coupled with both you and your talent have been instrumental to me in my search for the truth since 1977. i offer you my very humble and sincere gratitude for all of your dedication and hard work through these many years which has proven itself to have been worth it through the inspiration you provide for others, including me. "nada Brahma" is an ancient sanskrit phrase which means, roughly, "the sound is god." much of your work has struck me on a deeper level than simply that of simply appreciating a well written or produced song; but rather, i have consistently been aware of an honesty, humility, sincerity and genuine belief in your work on your behalf which alone upsatges the wonderful talent that you are. with no intent to be intrusive, it is my hope that you could share your thoughts on any spiritual matter(s) that are of significance to you, and additionally elaborate upon whether or not the presence or absence of these matters tie into your musical endeavors in any way. thanks again, peace, nada brahma,
Steve: Thanks.
Michelle: Dear Steve, Rumours go you play holland / belgium in the near future. could you tell me of this is true. i'm planning holliday but don't want to miss your show. please let me know.
Steve: I don't think we're leaving the U.S. this year .
LeAnn: Steve, I just saw you a couple of weeks ago in Erie Pa., I got to tell you, I have seen alot of groups from Aerosmith to Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young and you guys are by far the best I have ever seen! My husband has always been a fan(there's a 16 year age gap between us) whereas I appreciated your music but after seeing you live, I think I'm a bigger fan now. I had to go by a DVD player just to by your DVD and I've watched it everyday since the concert. My question for you is this: when are you going to be in the western Pennsylvania area again? Please say soon, Like this summer. I can't wait to see you guys again. You guy's are awesome!!
Steve: Kansasband.com has our itinerary.
Sandy: Hi Steve, thank you for answering all these goofy questions from your fans, it's nice to have a web page about you. My question is: out of your current band mates, which ones are you closest to? You seem pretty tight with Phil, I believe you mentioned somewhere that he stood by you through your problem years, and I can't help but notice that you are always with him on Wheathead TV!!. - well not all the time1 - Also do you get involved with co-managing the band, and when it comes to decision making regarding the band, like touring, etc. do you all sit down and talk it out or does Phil handle all this? Thanks Steve - keep the funny stories coming!!!!
Steve: Phil does everything. In fact on gigs, I just move my mouth, and he does all the singing.
Marc: Steve, i have seen almost every one of your tours with kansas since audio visions; they are all great.. my question is what was your favorite tour? what was your worst tour and what would be your choice of a 15 song setlist that you would like to play?( i am sure you guys do a couple of tunes that most of the crowd kinda expect you to play) thanks.
Steve: I always like our current set. I always like our present tour. there are dates that have sucked (like the one we just played in the Bahamas), but overall, I'm amazed that I'm still doing this for a living.
Alan: Hi Steve, I have been a fan of yours since `1974. I play keyboards for Bowzer's rock&roll party. When I auditioned for that band 10 years ago,I played song for America,and they hired me on the spot. So many times we do a lot of the casino dates you guys do, like the mohigan sun. I always think to myself I can't believe they were right here on this stage! I have a question going back to a show in 1977. It was Kansas and Styx but you guys were headliners. I smuggled a tape deck in to that show,and got pretty good take. It got to a point in the show where Robby introduces everybody.He went to introduce Dave, and what he said was "To the left of the drums, we got a guy whos talking to me who is suppose to keep his mouth shut at this point. He plays bass guitar,and his name is Dave Hope". All of a sudden you here someone save F you Dave.We always wondered if there was a little fight brewing up there. Any way the show was great.Your singing that night was just totally phenominal. Are your organ sounds from the Emu b3. They sound like all the all the organ sounds you always had. After hearing dvd I am sold on your rig! Another question ,Was Serious Wreckage based on a personal experience? I love your album! Well thanks for years of great singing,playing,and writing. All the best to you.
Steve: So many questions, so little time.....I don't remember--yes--thanks--no--you're welcome.
Ron: Hi Steve,First of all, thank you for answering these questions and lending your thoughts to this website. This has been a great treat for me – I have been a fan since the age of 9. I am 34 now and want to thank you for so many great memories over the years attending your shows and listening to ALL your music. During the ’92-’93 tour with the “Freaks” Band (A Most Awesome Band!!) you opened your shows with a piece of music by a keyboardist/producer named Rob Mounsey. This was VERY COOL and probably my personal favorite of all the ways you guys used to come out on stage to start the show. Who came up with the idea? Did someone in the band kind of stumble on to that cd or is it possible that there is another Rob Mounsey fan out there besides myself?
Steve: Sometimes our soundman comes in with stuff, but sometimes the band does. I don't remember .
Ralph: I know you are a big film buff, and have done some theatre acting in the past. My question is, if you could break into films what director would you like most to work with and why?
Steve: Someone who doesn't have a huge name yet. The expectations are too high for such a person. Look at Scorsese. What he does next will be compared to "Gangs" and so I would work with the director of "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream" .
Desiree: Dear Steve, I was wondering if you had anything to do with, or have heard the songs 'I love you with all my heart' and 'No Promises' by the band Window Pane? It sounds like you singing back up vocals.
Steve: No!
Michael H.: Dear Steve, I write songs as well. There are many of your songs where I've thought, "Man, wish I'd have written that one!" such as Bells of St. James, Serious Wreckage, and Broken Glass. Are there songs by other artists that you wish you had written? Thanks for all the years of great music, and God bless.
Steve: Of course...anything by Sting.
John King: Hi Steve, I remember reading something online several years ago about you being related to the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Joe Walsh. Is this true? Thanks.
Steve: Yes, but don't ask him...he'll deny it .

Jeff: Steve, I appreciated your answer to my question in February. I NEVER THOUGHT that your energy on stage (ie: "Live At The Whisky") detracted from your talent as a write, musician, and as a singer. My question was if you still got a big kick out of playing, which you really didn't answer. My hunch is that you do. And I can say this: Watching "Device-Voice-Drum" made me appreciate your abilities as a keyboard player even more! I always knew you were great, but wow! Damn good job to you and the band! I love it!

Steve: Thanks.

 

February

Jeff: Hi Steve, I was browsing through your repertoire of work on the BMI website, and I noticed 2 of your works that I'm unfamiliar with - "Charleton's Running" and "Phantoms on the Santa Fe." I have 2 questions (OK, I cheated): Can you give us any information on when these songs were written and what they're about? Were these songs ever recorded? How about posting the lyrics on Ferdi's web site? Thanks for your time.
Steve: I'm sorry but I don't remember how they went. And so, I can't post the lyrics. I think Charleton was an instrumental.
George: On 02/14/2003 your playing in Dekalb IL.I did not know of this until I saw the commercial a week before. I just want to say your DVD is the best concert I,ve seen sitting in a easy chair being I,ve seen you guys at Wisconsin opening for Queen a couple times,and I saw you guys in vegas around 91 or 92 but I think steve you were Buzzed. I,ts not to be I,m perfect because I am trying to recover from alcohol but it is hard when freinds and family are few. I do play music myself and I have recorded a couple CD,S which I did get pretty good reviews from Garageband. I guess the reason I,m E-mailing is Dekalb is only 45 miles from Rockford IL and I wish I was there to see my 3 favorite bands! Kansas,John Waite(Babys)and Styx.I am goning to buy my sister your DVD for her birthday,she,ll be 48 March 12 and I would have turned her on to your gig in Dekalb, because she lives in Chicago 45 miles the other way. Well I,ve used enough of your time,but if a system comes up to where our age slows us down from going to Kansaband maybe you guys could hit our E-mail,I know I check mine all the time and I,m sure alot of other Kansas fans do the same! Thank You for the Music, DoctorYuckey (George)
Steve: Rockford Il. is the home of a band I was in for a short time...Cheap Trick
John: Steve, you mentioned the Cheap Trick tour last month ( which seemed like an odd career choice for you at the time) and I have a 3 part question concerning that period. How did that job come about, did you enjoy your time with them and did you appear on any of their albums? As always - thanks for the music.
Steve: Everything I have done has been different. I feel my time with the band Cheap Trick was one of the most enlightening times I have ever had. Great times, carefree, and rockin. I was just coming off 2 failed albums with Streets, and looking for a rock band to partner up with. We did a benefit USO tour around the world in about 87, and they were one of the bands that went. It was a hoot. Rick never once took his hat off. We got invited to sit at the Captain's table for dinner one night, and since he wouldn't take his hat off, he had to leave. I saw him in the shower one time with that freakin hat on. I'm not kidding. I've never seen him without it. Robin is one of my favorite singers. Great guys.
Jeff: THANKS for playing at our fair last September and for autographing my copy of your solo CD for me. Naturally I have a zillion questions for you, but being in the public eye myself, I understand your concern over privacy. So my qustions is this: You said once in an interview that playing was never boring. Lots of people think you are bored with it because you don't jump around and do headstands like you once did. After seeing "Device Voice Drum," and seeing how hard you guys WORK in stage, I don't know how you could approach it any other way. So, just wondering if you still get a kick out of playing live. By the way, "Need to Know" is the most powerful song I've ever heard you write and sing. Thanks for all the great music.
Steve: I promised myself that when it was time, I wasn't going to embarrass myself jumping around anymore. Back in the day, a girl came up to me and screamed at me that she wanted her money back, cause I didn't dance around as much as the last time she saw us. That really threw me for a loop, and I started wondering if I had created something that I couldn't escape from. Apparently I have, and it bothers me that people are persuaded by my antics, and consider my artistry second. I'm not Mick Jagger, and I never will be. But I would like to graduate to a more suitable stage persona. Consider also, the venues we sometimes play. The DVD we made is something I'm very proud of. Live at the Whiskey is something I cringe when I watch because I'm trying so very hard. Too hard as a matter of fact. I'm trying to deny that I'm over 40 years old in that video. I've learned something from that. It's that my voice is more important than my lame attempts at "entertainment"..
Vince: Hi Steve, I saw you guys in Oroville CA. last year. I was disappointed to find that your tour with Styx and John Waite won't reach the west coast. Is there a chance of extending it? Also I hope you guys do another album with Karry in the future. Doing a DVD of all the new stuff would be awesome. Any chance for that?
Steve: I hope we can do something else on DVD someday. Something in 35mm instead of 16. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate what we did, and am proud of it, but I don't like repeating myself. We will make it to the left coast in some form or another. thanks for your support .
Mason: Steve, I was wondering what exactly inspired you to focus on Neosha Falls for In The Spirit of Things, Did you go to Neosha Falls? If so was there something in the town that inspired you?
Steve: In the Spirit was a couple of songs at first. Then Bob Ezrin came along, and we started to think about "concept". Pink Floyd had done it, the Who had done it,,,why not us? Well, we started thinking about the few songs I had written with Steve Morse, and then about where we came from originally, then we actually made a trip back to Topeka to search thru the records of catastrophic events that had taken place. Something we could build a drama around that would or could encompass more than just one song. Neosho Falls was the site of a devastating flood, and yes, we went there. We talked to people who lived there during the time, and still lived there. It was great. The deepest we were ever permitted to delve into a project. I was writing like a madman. Very proud of the songs.
Bob: Steve, you and your buds in Kansas are such world class musicians, but can you tell us your funniest story about "losing it" during a performance? You know, the song just totally breaking down because of one thing or another...maybe even somebody in the audience did something to crack you guys up. I love your sense of humor...c'mon, give us a good one!
Steve: Once when Billy Joel was opening for us, we were playing a new song live. The song was "Song for America" and it had been a while since we had rehearsed it. After Joel's set, I remember everyone being nervous about the "new" song, and it kinda loomed over us the whole night, the way that people talk about forseeing the future. I think we all foresaw it as a catastrophy, and sure enough to our own self-fulfilling prophecy, we launched into it, and completely lost it in the middle. The horror that runs thru your veins standing in front of an arena stuffed with people who are expecting magic leaves you one of two ways. Either you're high as a kite when you're done, or you're so embarrassed you feel your knees giving way. That night all of our knees gave way, and we ended up just kinda droning in this nondescript place where everything seems like it's going in slow motion. It was horrifying, and after the set, what was funny was, nobody thought we had just screwed up. They all came up to us and told us how great the new song was.
Inge: Hi Steve, do you play another instrument besides piano/keyboard? When did you decide to play piano and what was the reason why? Many thanks.
Steve: I have played other stuff on our albums and cds. I wouldn't say I can "play" them now, but I use to own some congas, and vibes. Piano is by definition a percussion instrument.
Robert: Steve, Robert Held from Dallas again. Thank you so much for answering my question about Chris Squire and Yes. Though I didn't mean to insinuate anything by saying the record company didn't want an American fronting the band. I was going by information gleaned from either the short-lived fanzine of days past or a fan's website. No disrespect intended. I can only dream what that day could've sounded like: the voice of the greatest American progessive band teamed with one of the greatest British progressive bands. (speaking of progressive bands, ever listen to Marillion, especially when Fish was the lead vocalist?) My question for you is this: do you find more freedom in only recording the vocal tracks for other people's albums (such as Leonardo, Explorer's Club, etc) rather than contributing to the writing process as well? when you don't lend a hand in the writing of the lyrics, where do you find the inspiration and passion to sing with such verve and tenacity, as if you experienced the content of the lyrics personally? The non-Kansas albums you have contributed to over the last few years have definitely been some of your finest works ever. You can (seemingly) effortlessly take someone else's lyrics and completely own them. I can't wait to hear what you have in store for us this coming year. Can't wait to see you guys in Dallas or Fort Worth! Thanks again.
Steve: I don't think I am as good a writer as a singer. And as for where I find the resonance for songs I have not written, I feel it's part of the artist's interpretation. Like an actor who plays Frankenstein(De Niro).
BOB: STEVE, DON'T TAKE THE B.S. ABOUT YOUR SINGING, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE VOCALIST, YOU STILL SING VERY WELL. (I AM A SINGER AS WELL) AND I EMPATHIZE WITH THE DIFFICULTY WITH SINGING HIGH OR FOR AS LONG AS WE DID WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER. I ALSO LIKE LOU GRAMM AND HE IS HAVING I TOUGH GO OF IT AS WELL. QUESTION: WHY NOT DROP DOWN A LITTLE AND SING IN A LOWER KEY? I REMEMBER WHEN I WOULD AUDITION AND THERE WAS SUCH AN EMPAHSIS ON SINGING HIGH!!! AND IT REALLY PISSED ME OFF.
Steve: We do the drop down key occasionally. It all depends. And yeah, I'm pissed off too damnit. But I've forgotten why.
Steve: Hey Steve, I have read somewhere in the past where you made mention of the fact that it had been a long time since you've heard from Tim Gerht. I just wondered if you ever made contact or heard how and/or what he's doing these days?Thanks again for your time and keep on Rockin'.
Steve: Tim is MIA
GuitarBear: Steve, wanted to say thanks and let you know you blew the good guys in STYX off the stage in Louisville on Feb8th...My question may seem goofy, but I was wondering how often you guys actually play outside of gigs when you are on the road - do you get days off to write, work up arrangements, or do you keep all the work on the stage and only play during soundchecks, etc.... Thanks for the wonderful music - you have a helluva voice and are a great writer.... Thanks ..
Steve: Well, it varies, but it's kind of a full time job, so when we have moments for ourselves, we usually disappear into our own environments.
Keith & Lisa: Mr. Walsh, Thanks to you and the other members of Kansas for a wonderful performance on Sunday. I hope that Erie was as receptive as you would have hoped. I had a question about the music that was played before Kansas started.(however after reading on your site that one of your favorite bands is Tool, the question may prove moot!) There was a song that was played just prior to Kansas' appearance that sounded as if it were played by Kansas, but was a cover of the song "Intolerance" by Tool. Am I mistaken? Also, was a form of the song "Point of No Return" used in "A Goofy Movie".(that question comes from my wife) Anywho, thanks again for a wonderful eveing that we shall soon not forget.We hope that Kansas,Styx and John Waite can find your way backto Erie soon!!
Steve: You guys are astute. Right in both cases. the goofy movie was outtakes of some schlock tv series about space. I forget the name of the series, but it sucked, as did the video we did. And, yes that's a rendition of a TOOL song that was played before we started. All done by string players.
Al: Steve, love the new DVD. You guys have to Chronicle many more of your songs this way (Atman, Lonely Street, Relentless, Lonely Wind, People of the South Wind, All I Wanted, Mysteries/Pinnacle, Can't Cry, etc.). Please do another....preferably, them all! We are Kansas, Kansas is a Band!
Steve: Would love to. I'll have you talk to our Record Company.

Bill: Hi Steve, My name is Bill Sheppard. My brother and I saw Kansas at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis in 1979 for the Monolith tour. From what I could see, you played organ, Kerry played synths, and both of you would play piano. Is that an accurate description of yours and Kerry's roles on the 1974 to 1980 Kansas records also? Thanks.

Steve: Yes it is. I played other stuff from time to time like congas and vibes, but it was mainly piano and organ. Kerry was the first synth player in the band. Thanks for all your interest in the website. It's refreshing for me to be able to remember memories that might be lost or misplaced . I'd like to be able to be truthful to a fault with everything, but the band is still together, and if I told you exactly what I know, I'd get kicked out. maybe someday.

 

January

Chris: Just wanted to know if you ever heard or played the new Korg CX-3 organ - it's a great Hammond-sounding portable keyboard. Also, why do you prefer Kurzweil over other keys? One final thing -- keep making solo cds!! Glossolalia is awesome. I will even send you some of my teaching salary/allowance to help finance it even if my paltry earnings just pays for the snacks to keep any late night recording sessions going. Thanks for all the great tunes and singing your guts out all these years.
Steve: Kurzweil is the most versatile synth out there. I spent a lot of time looking at the future of synths about 12 years ago, and they had and continue to have the most to offer. I will be playing a new version of the K2600 this year. It's coming out in a couple of months, and is the K2661.
Dan: Hi Steve. My name is Dan, from Canada. Had the great pleasure of seeing the band at Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario about a year ago. I was the guy that yelled Hold On and you guy's played it. Thanks... Didn't write to you just to ask a question. Just want you to know that your music has been a part of my life and it will allways be special to myself and my wife.Keep the music going please
Steve: Thanks!
Mark: Hi Steve, I remember reading somewhere, that you regretted not singing through "your" microphone on The Coming Dawn. What microphone do you use as your main studio vocal mic, and why?
Steve: Soundelux ELUX251 Back in the old days, the Telefunken ELAM251 was the hot shit. Now nobody can find them in good enough shape(except if you're as rich as Celine Deon), and so Soundelux started to build a very close copy. I really think it's fantastic, and the OOOOAAARRR sounds that eminate in words that I have sung into it don't get overloaded. That's what happened to the mic that I sang Coming Dawn into.
Marc: Steve,i am huge fan of all of your works. you have inspired me in so many ways-thank you. my question is; #1 what are your favorite songs that you have written; my clear favorite is "smackin the clowns" followed by bells of stj,don't look back sky is falling,backdoor,inside of you,angels have fallen and imagine love.question#2 will we ever see "imagine love" released, and what inspired your lyrics to that song and finally #3 what is your opinion of the song "backdoor" and what inspired you to write that song. thank you and i look forword to your response .
Steve: I'm not familiar with "imagine love". I feel that after Audiovisions, I started to get better. Everything up to then was kinda schmaltzy. Back door was just an imaginary story. Nothing personal. Might've been a movie I saw or something. .
Gary: Hello Steve, I asked you the Question about your old days, drugs and all, and how it effected your voice and all a few months ago. I live about 2 miles from Robby here in Tampa , Florida..the old Stormbringer Days for him.He has seen me perform a bunch of times. One thing I do for my voice, that I think you do, is attempt to hit higher notes where they are not expected by the audience, so I will be warmed uped for those notes that are expected. I have been listening to you for way to long I guess, is that what you do also or am I blowing smoke up my own ass. Also I was at a party years ago with Robby and I told him to relay the message to you that I thought" ALL THE WORLD" was a fantastic song, especially the bridge. But then he told me neither one of you were in the band at the time.OOPS PS Byzantium and Glossolalia are in the same key and mix perfectly.he he he
Steve: If you can blow smoke up your own ass, you need a manager. I can find you gigs .
Andrew:: Hi, Steve. My question is: Who is the female singer in Hope Once Again from Freaks of Nature? Also, what do you think of the album?
Steve: I am sorry to say that that was one hell of a band. Sorry, cause it just didn't last long enough. I tried extra hard to write lyrics with some sort of imagery-in between watching the OJ trial on Trinidad TV that is...I don't recall who Jeff Glixman used for that part. She had a very soft texture to her voice.
Chris: Hey Steve, There's a line in your song "Kansas" off Glossolalia that refers to ghosts and Sante Fe. Some time ago I heard that you had written a song around 1990 that you played with the band at some benefit with Alex Lifeson and Geddly Lee that had the ghosts and Sante Fe in the title. Was this the song that became the basis of "Kansas" or something else entirely. Thanks.
Steve: Kinda...i think I robbed the lyrics out of the earlier version when I got the idea for "kansas".
Hugues: Steve, the fact that Kerry doesn't play on stage with you (the guitar or the keys) anymore, doesn't allow Kansas to play (musically speaking) all the songs - am I right?In the CD 'Live at the Whisky' you're not credited for the keyboards: why? and was really Greg Roberts playing all the keys?Will Kansas be touring in Europe in 2003?Thanks!
Steve: We would love to tour Europe. I mean that sincerely. It's not our call. We have a minimum amount we need to travel that far, and no one has come up with it yet. That doesn't mean they won't. I have my fingers crossed. Kansas can play anything the 5 of us want to. Greg played keys, and I played keys on Whiskey. Most of mine were deleted because I was so busy puttin on the 'intestinal worms of fire dance" that I made a lot of mistakes.
Cuz: Hello Steve; I have been an avid fan of Kansas & yourself since I first heard Masque back in the mid 70's. I am wondering if you will ever get back out to Vancouver way to play again? I see that you are on tour with STYX (another 1 of my favorite bands back in the 70's) - I would really like to see your show but cannot make it back East - so - I hope you will add a few Western dates to your schedule (either in Canada or the U.S.)! Hope to see on the West Coast! West is Best!
Steve: thanks, I go where I'm pointed.
John: It is reported that you have been doing Christian music. Is this true?
Steve: What is Christian music anyway? If it's all that giddy crap that wants to be popular and exploits the name of famous Christian figures like Jesus-then the answer is a gigantic NO . One of the biggest let downs in modern day religion was when Pope John XXIII set about the second Ecumenical Council and decided that Catholicity was too "lofty" and sought to simplify everything by turning the mass from something mysterious and beautiful(with gregorian chant) into some goofy folk songs about how "cool" Jesus is.
Mark: Steve, what is your favorite venue to perform in? Is there one performance over the years with Kansas that is the most memorable to you?
Steve: Dude, my memory grows dim, so I will tell you the best I've seen us in years is on the DVD we just released. It's a great place to play too.
Scott: Steve, I'll try my best to keep this short. I first saw Kansas I believe in 1975 at the Indiana State Fair for $5.00. I knew this would be the band I would follow for the rest of my life. I listened to Left Overture over and over again. I still have a turn table to listen to albums at home and to share with my 2 sons what was great about album covers and the music inside. You were the most energetic singer I have ever seen and you seem to enjoy every second you are on stage. I went to see you last year in Peoria which I'm guessing was about the 25th time I saw Kansas. You were as great as the first time I saw you (thanks for playing He Knew). I'll be in Champaign on Feb. 2nd to watch the greatest band in the world with my family. My question is this. I went to a concert many years back to see Cheap Trick because you were playing with them. How was that experiance playing with them?
Steve:I'll have to defer to an answer I gave on the Feb. questions. thanks
Richard: This is Richard from Spring, TX I would like to know what does the little tatoo on ya'll's right forearms symbolize? Just curious.
Steve: It was a symbol of solidarity with each other. We all got them at the same time(except Kerry who never got one) on Sunset Blvd some time in about 75 while recording Song For America.
Mark: Steve you are truly awesome. thanks for the tunes. you answered a question earlier for me by stating that you wanted to be wealthy and you werent so you're bitter. KANSAS sold shitloads of albums etc.... where did the money go? i know you said that you spent lots on drugs and STREETS but you had to make a ton of it during the heyday of KANSAS didnt you? also, i have to tell you that your songwriting prior to STREETS was not "shitty" as you say. you need to re-think that statement....you're too hard on yourself.
Steve: I guess it was my lame attempt to be funny. I should re-think my attempts to be funny. My attempts to be funny are getting better, but they were shitty prior to STREETS.

Fulton: First of all let me say I appreciate your web site about Steve. - Good job and I thank you for all the sacrifices you must make to keep this going. I am sure it must cut into your family time and private time. Here is my question/request but please don't post it: 1) I have a web site that I do about many of the bands that performed in the USA in the State of Kansas. On the site I have a section about White Clover. The site is http://members.cox.net/k_m_a/ and White Clover is listed among the 70s bands. I would love it if Steve had anything to add to the page on White Clover. (NOTE: At the time I'm writing this the web provider is having technical problems but hopefully will be back up when you get this. If not please try again later.) 2) I have been corresponding with Warren Eisenstein the original guitar player from White Clover. He has provided me with some demo tapes of White Clover. I'd like to know if Steve would give me permission to post the songs, or parts of the songs, on the White Clover page. The songs are: "Scream if you want," "Morning Dew" and another one that Warren couldn't remember the name of but I think is called "Sweet Pleasure." As I do with all the people on my site I will not post any music unless the composer says okay. Anything you could do to help would be great.

Steve: Warren is a great guitarist, optomitrist, and a genuinely nice guy. I don't want to give anyone any permission to post these songs on any website. It is totally counterproductive to me.

 

2002

 

The "December"-Questions

John: Steve, I attended my first Kansas concert around 1976, when you were backing up Bad Company. Some friends had recently turned me on the the Masque album and Kansas became, and remains, one of my top 5 favorite groups, along with The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, and Yes. My question is, was the Bad Company tour Kansas first full blown U.S. tour and how soon after did you become headliners? Thanks for the tunes.
Steve: It was one of the first. Mott the Hoople and Queen were the first. We also played with the J.Geils Band a few times. It was a couple of years before we reached headliner status, if you don't count all the small college gigs we did.
Jeff: For some reason, I vaguely remember an album titled " Points On The Curve" or "Points on A Curve" being released in the early 1980s. I never saw it in a store, but in such a small town in Mississippi, that's not surprising. Am I just dreaming or was there a solo album with that title?
Steve: ???
JJ: Steve, Why are you and Phil so hard to speak with before and after shows? The last time we saw you, we got the distinct impression that you wanted to be left alone and didnt approach. You are the last remaining band member that we dont have a picture with....sigh... Also....my wife says you need to smile more during performances.....lol....and Im not typing this.....(wife....you have a great ass!!!) Geesh!!!
Steve: I let my ass do all the talking..just ask my wife. I can play the pledge of allegience with the right kind of dinner
Jennifer: I appreciate your reply to my email in October. Your music, rather, Kansas' was what I term 'intellectual'. Deep, to say the least. You have a voice, without training, that would inspire most... not in a 'funky' way, simply full and rich. I was in the U.S. Navy at the time and saw you 3 times in Va. Bch. How was your time there? I have a 12 year old daughter who can sing extremely well and we have been contacted by Arista. Wish us luck! Thanks for your time with Kansas... And, again, thanks for your inspiration. I hope your memories are as great as mine. And thank you for answering my email... it meant alot! Love from Greenville, SC.
Steve: Good luck.
Chuck: Steve, As a musician and a music teacher you and the Beatles have been my biggest inspiration. I appreciate songs like "Nothing" and "Need". Also "Byzantium". These are truely the greatest songs artistically and fall under the category of "timeless". It's like hearing "Elanor Rigby" as far as artistic value is concerned. You are the greatest male vocalist of the 20th century and the coolest individual. My question is almost too complicated to ask and probably to answer. Byzantium is full of interesting textures and you were very careful when you sang it to capture the correct style, effect etc. How do you approach the things you choose to sing artistically and how you interpret a song, using "Byzantium" or "Need" as a model? All of the songs depend on your interpretation for their survival and you nail it every single time.
Steve: Thanks. I really dunno.
Chuck: Hi Steve, I really appreciate your web site because I have always wondered what you are like as a person. It bothers me that a few people are rude when they ask you questions and I am glad to see you blow the rude ones off. The best part of the web site for me is the newsletter section. I enjoy finding out what books you like to read and what movies you enjoy and hearing stories from the road. I also agree that the music business sucks which is why I am a music teacher now. One of the biggest reasons I decided on a career in music is YOU! I can't thank you enough for all the inspiration. My question is, you play in so many different time signatures and keys in the space of one song, do you ever play some jazz when your not performing with Kansas or listen to jazz for fun? If so, who is your favorite at the moment?
Steve: I can't play jazz, but wish I could.
Jay: I was just wondering if you do your own eq when setting up to record or do you let someone else do it for you? I was always told never to eq my own voice.
Steve: Yes I do, but don't ever try it yourself(kidding).
Arpad: Hi Steve Why don't You workin' with Kerry Livgren? I mean,on his solo-records? In his songs, Im missing YOUR VOICE very much Hemi from Hungary
Steve: If we could, we would but we can't.
Bill: Steve, When you are playing at home, do you jam with other musicians CD's? If so, who do you jam with?
Steve: Jamming is something that I threw away with all my stretch belts.
Dave: Hello Steve, curious to know what the inspiration for the song "All the World" from the Masque album was and who wrote what parts of the song between you and Robby Steinhardt. Oh and by the way, hope you and yours have a great Christmas and a great New Year!!!!! Thanks for your time and God bless!!
Steve: I don't remember, but I'm not particularly fond of the schmaltzy side of me in those days.
Sandy: Steve I have read that you are adopted, are you an only child? Also, do you have any plans for another solo project?
Steve: Have an adopted bro and I'll think about a solo cd when someone with my values approaches me.
Brian: Hi, Steve. I used to work in a band with a Female vocalist from Mexico, MO by the name of Ellen Freeman. She and her brother John once casually mentioned that they had known you back in the old days in St. Joe. Do you happen to remember them? I've always wondered.......
Steve: Sounds familiar,,,does she have a birthmark on her left boob which in dim light resembles a superfluous nipple?
Scott: Steve, It goes without saying that any of us who have taken the time to find your website are big fans, and I am very grateful that you are still around to give us all the gift of your great voice, musicianship, and talent. My question is about "In the Spirit of Things." I was a HUGE Kansas fan before this album came out (I realize that saying "album" dates us all). When ITSOT came out, it literally changed my life. Every song on that album touched me, and it absolutely broke my heart as a musician, and a fan, to see such an incredible album get pushed to the back burner. Finally, here is my question. How do you, as an artist, and a person who obviously put alot of work, and love, into a project, deal with the final outcome? Kansas got a raw deal from MCA, and they suck. Thanks for your time. By the way, I met you in Buffalo, and you are a great guy.
Steve: I dealt with it in a bad way. And thanks, but I'm not a great guy.
Nigel: Will someone please ask Steve if he plans on coming to Europe again - with KANSAS. I will travel to the U.S. if necessary but would prefer to see him in Germany (or even the U.K.). But the best concert atmospheres I have encountered have been in Germany. A double-headline show with SAGA would be asking too much I suppose? Many thanks
Steve: I will travel to Europe anytime we can make ends meet. But so far, no one will give us what we need to do it right.

Pepe: Being a big Kansas band from my youth, and not being able to see you perform live in my country, i was really excited when i read about 'Device Video Drum'. I have your TFTS, LATW and the KBFH live albums, but as a part time guitar player and full time fan i almost cried when i saw the live performance of your songs. Every time my 40 year old friends visit me we have a couple of drinks and pizza and enjoy the DVD as if we were there. Congrats to all of you, thank you so much for the music and inspiration through alll these years (you don't have idea of the dozens of times i have heard 'Point of know return' or 'song for America' while getting ready to work, they are better than coffee!). PLEASE COME TO PERU! There is a fan base of people between their late 20's and early 40's that would enjoy your performance. In the past 5 years we have seen live in Lima the following groups: Toto, Deep Purple (with your former partner Steve Morse), Jethro Tull (2 times), Foreigner, E.L.P., Jon Anderson (solo), Yes, Rick Wakeman (solo and with the English Rock Ensemble). I would appreciate some fitness tips, too!! :-) A big hug, happy new year and hope to see you in Lima singing and signing my Kansas lps, cds and DVD.

Steve: Thanks, and we'd love to come to Peru, but promise you won't hug me.

 

The "November"-Questions

Mike: Steve, My first album was P.O.N.R I was wondering if you still have any contact with Dave Hope. Thanks
Steve: Not really, haven't seen him in years.
John: Hi Steve, I am a longtime fan of you and the band. I was wondering why Kansas doesn't perform more songs from (in my opinion) the best Kansas album --- In The Spirit of Things. "Ghosts" & "The Bells of St. James" are my two favorite songs. Thanks.
Steve: Please refer to earlier questions asking the same thing.
John S.: Dear Steve, Oddly enough you and I have crossed paths before. I was the Drummer for a band who had some mild success in the early 80s. I will not mention the name only to say they We did open for Kansas a few times....and Wow..I just used to sit and watch you perform and say...now that's the best live rock singer I have ever seen !!! and my bandmates would agree ....I would tell everyone I met "Go see Kansas!! this Steve Walsh is unreal!" OK enough of that stuff....Im sure you get enough of it... My question is I noticed after "In The Spirit of Things" your voice started to change it seemed to take on more of a deeper tone, sometimes it sounded as if you were straining a bit. I did notice this on "Always never the same" it almost sounded a bit harsh at times. My question is was this intentional ?.. to try a new approach to your vocals or was it because of just being tired and strained from all the years of touring started to wear on the vocal chords?...... I did notice that all of the sudden on "Somewhere to Elsewhere" the vocals started to sound warmer again and I also noticed this on the new live stuff as well as on "Glossolalia" the vocals are sounding better then ever....just wondering about your voice and how you have kept it fit through the years....? In closing like Ferdinand I have always been touched by your Spirit to perform 100% every time you walk out on the stage...I have been an avid fan since the "Audio Visions" days...and on behalf of a lot of Professional Musicians who have played along with Kansas I can still say that I was honored to have played on the same stage as you...... and for me those times have all but past.... but will never be forgotten......God Bless
Steve: Thanks.
Rich: You must get tired about talking about yourself- so lets talk music. I also think the new Peter Gabriel cd is excellent. Overlooked by the mainstream press, as usual. What else have you been listening to recently? Now the platitudes...love your work.
Steve: Rammstein rules the ways of rock. They say everything I wish I had said, and do nothing to skimp on production of their brilliant cds.
JJ: Dear Steve, Over the years, I have seen you in various bands something on the order of fourty times. I was there the night in Topeka when you split your pants with Streets....still gives me a laugh to this day how you handled the whole thing... The few times I actually got to say something to you, I got the distinct impression that I was intruding. (timing is everything...lol) I just wanted to appologize and tell you what I never really got the chance to say......Thanks! You and Kansas were a very important part of my childhood and got me through some very rough times. Your music still gets me in that "right" frame of mind when Im feeling particularly down. Im in radio now and sneak some gems in every other day when I want to give my listeners a boost. Now....another reason I wanted to say thanks.... I got a series of bad news one particular week and decided that enough was enough. I got pretty plastered and put a shotgun in my mouth and was just about to let it all fly when....."Think You Got It Made" came over the radio.....I was nineteen at the time and I listened to that entire song. It gave me enough time to think about what I was doing and well....Im still here. Crazy....I know....I have never revealed this to anyone before....not even my wife. Im now happilly married (sixteen years) and have two great daughters. I wont say that I owe it all to you because we both know that it takes more than that and Im not the kind of person who blows smoke up anyones ass.....but it did make me stop and think about the future. Thanks to that moment, I have one. So....thank you Steve. Peace
Steve: You're welcome
Ben: Hello Steve, I am very interested in a song called "AnotherSlant" I believe I have a demo of it. I read that Kerry wrote it and then gave the rights to Mylon LeFevre. There seem to be many unreleased Kansas songs and demo's including "Broken Home" (which Billy used on his Seventh Key cd). I understand Kansas projects are always forward looking, but do you think down the road any of these songs may make it to a Kansas release ? And lastly congratulations on over five years of sobriety!! Warmest regards.
Steve: Can't really say.
Eric: Steve, I am a long time fan of Kansas. I recently purchased the new remastered editions of Masque, Leftoverture and Point of Know Return. The work conducted by the band to bring these editions to the sonic quality was excellent. My question is simple. What is the possibility of the original Kansas and Song For America being remastered. As you are aware these five albums are the basis for the bands history and success. These two albums make the catalog complete however the original CD versions lack the sonic quality to truly appreciate the music.
Steve: We will never step back into the past for any reason. The DVD we just released says and does everything we want to say and do about our past.
Rick: Steve, Firstly, I'm 33 (yoa) and have been a devoted fan since I bought my first Kansas album (POKR) back in '78 from a tenant neighbor who was on my paper route in Trenton, NJ. Like many, through the years, I've had a ton of questions related to your music etc. that I've always wanted to ask, but never had an opportunity to do so until now, through this web page, so I'm psyched. Before I get into that, let me just briefly say that your music has touched and inspired me and those close to me for years, through good times and bad. I actually thought I'd have a chance to convey this to you in person. Not so long ago, I saw you guys in Atlantic City. After the show, my wife and I were in the hotel (Tropicana, I think) elevator. It stopped on one floor and Billy Greer came on. I was shocked; nice guy!! He invited us to the upstairs lounge where you guys were winding down. I was able to meet Rich Williams who said you'd turned in. We were disappointed. In any event, Steve, though I find in these moments words can't "hit the mark" let me just say thanks. You have no idea how much I appreciate what you've given in music. I just have one up-front question to ask that's been plaguing my mind for some time. About 5 years ago I went to a small music equipment store (I play keys) in Atlanta; don't remember the name but it was in the Buckhead area. I was there to buy a portable organ that could somewhat emulate the B-3. The store owner turned me on to a Hammond XB-2. I was sold right there and then. However, not even knowing I was a Kansas fan, he told me the organ was once owned by "Steve Walsh of Kansas". At first I couldn't believe it was actually true, but also couldn't imagine why he would fabricate something like that. Would you happen to be able to confirm this?? Can you help me out? Thanks again and, All the best.
Steve: Sorry, I have never owned a Hammond XB-2.
Mike: Steve, Is Kerry Livgren the only sonwriter you'd consider colaborating with? If not, would you consider others who'd come up with worthy materail? and if so, how would they contact your organizaton? PS..... i think your voice has gotten better with age and experience.....and is especially revelant these days...........(according to the law of contrast). it's my opinion that you've not yet seen the peak of your career. Respectfully...
Steve: I have collaborated with a few people in the past besides Kerry. I would suggest a demo being sent to this website, and Ferdi would then forward it to me.
Michael: Dear Steve: Being the father of a 4 year-old daughter, I know how much time is spent trying to be a good role model for my daughter, Elizabeth. How much has Olivia changed your life and what things do you do in order to be a good father ? Please forgive me if this is too much of a personal question. I had spoken to you about her at the DVD rehearsal in Atlanta and you had said that she was the apple of your eye.
Steve: Children are a precious resource and my belief is that adults do more to destroy everything that made my childhood great every day. I passed a porno shop the other day with a neon sign out front that read "kinky christmas gifts"....is that what Christmas is about???
Ellen: Steve: I have read that some of your inspiration for songwriting comes from books you have read and movies you have seen. Which one of your songs can you most imagine being adapted into a short story?
Steve: Rainmaker.
Mike: The first time I saw Kansas was November 10th 1977 on The Point of Know Return tour when I was in the fifth grade. Since then I have seen you perform so many times over the years that I have lost count. One of the performances that sticks out in my mind was the night I saw you at Entertainment City in Pittsburgh. My mother and I met Billy Greer that night in the parking lot and I remember listening to the hearing the playback for the King Biscuit Flower Hour and then taping it when it finally aired on the radio. Finally being able to purchase it on CD brought back some great memories and also provided me with one of my favorite songs " I'm Not Alone Anymore". I saw Kansas in the same year and that show was utterly disappointing. I was curious as to know if you ever say the band during your absence and what you thought about their music during that period. Also do you enjoy singing Play the Game and Fight Fire With Fire during the live shows. There are a great many fans that would love to hear some In the Spirit of Things material over material from a period that many of us would rather forget.
Steve: We were all searching, and frustrated and being confused added to our audience being ultimately confused. I was in a kick ass band, and besides my short stint with Cheap Trick, I can't remember another time when I felt so independent. Came crashing down shortly afterward, but it was fun for a couple of seconds.
Conrad: This is Conrad from Peoria, Steve. You seem a bit bummed that Gloss didn't sell better. Was there or is there anything you might be able to do, that you haven't already done, to get the word out about this great album? Keep carrying on; your work is very much appreciated. Best regards!
Steve: That ain't my damn job...that's the record companies. I hate it when artists try and hawk their own product. What am I spose to say about it anyway? that it's great? I'm not the one to make that call. Someone shoulda sold this cd for me and someone didn't....
Sandy: Steve I know you spend alot of time on the road with the band, how does this effect your home life? Do you get to spend alot of time with your family, especially your little daughter, does she understand what daddy does for a living? Do they come on the road with you?
Steve: That's complicated and follows no rules. Olivia has not seen me perform, except when I sang a Xmas song a couple of years ago with the St. James Children's choir in St. Joe Mo where I grew up.

Robert: My name is Robert Held, from Dallas. I have been a huge fan of the band since the first album. I don't want to bog this down with kiss-ass praise and fodder, though I have Peter Lloyd's design of Kansas' "K" emblazoned on my arm forever!! My question is this: I know that when Jon Anderson left YES, before the days of Trevor Rabin, you had tinkered around with Chris Squire and had even gotten as far as the beginnings of a song or two. Its my understanding that the record company didn't want an American fronting such a British musical force as Yes. Was this relationship how Kansas and Yes paired up? Did you get a chance to sit and reminisce with Chris Squire? Did anything ever come from what you had begun to write (i.e., did you end up taking bits and integrating them into songs you recorded)? By the way, I think the side projects you have been working on have been absolutely exquisite. Explorer's Club is the ultimate progressive Kansas album that was never made! Your voice as of late has sounded better than ever. Leonardo's duet rivals "Dust in the Wind". Beautiful music. Outstanding performances. Explorer's Club is quickly growing to be my all-time favorite Steve piece. Can't wait for Khymera!! So much for no kiss-ass!! Was it fun working on other people's albums? Thanks for all the years of music, Steve.

Steve: I will only tell you that Chris was in bad shape, and he was ultimately the reason I never made it past the first day. He had a vibe goin on that was deep, dark and stunning, and it was apparent every one else was there to take orders from him. The record co. had nothing to do with that decision.

 

The "October"-Questions

Chrissy: I was wondering if Steve knew how I could get permission to use some Kansas songs in a play that I am thinking of writing. It contains some of the songs on the "Best Of Kansas" album. The songs include: Carry On Wayward Son, Point of No Return, Dust in the Wind, No One Together, and maybe another song or two. Full credit for songwriting and lyrics will be given to Kansas, I just want to use the songs. Thank you.
Steve: No I don't know. I'm sorry
David: I am a 24 year old vocalist and songwriter. You have been a huge inspiration since I first heard you on Power. I have a question that I hope is not too personal...As someone who has dealt with drug and alcohol abuse, did you notice your writing inspiration and desire drop off when you quit using? I am myself struggling against this and my biggest problem of staying off is a lack of inspiration when I'm clean. What helped you? Thanks....
Steve: Yeah, big time. It took Pete Morticelli asking me to do a solo cd for him to snap me out of it.
Mike: Hello, This may well be a redundant question. (However, rediscovering things...). I am very interested in your high regard for Kate Bush's Hounds of Love. I have the CD. I find that "Running up that Hill" and the spoken poem regarding Ice very profound. However if I was marooned on an Island my first choice would be Gary Numan's Exile extended. I have often wondered/theorized that there must be some common thread that connects Kate Bush, U2, some Bowie, NIN, Kansas, Yes, even Rush. (Besides Eno for some of the above) In may be nothing more than a common yearning for intelligent conversation. After my boring pretext, What do you think?
Steve: I think I'm flattered being in such elite company
John: Steve, "Monolith" was an album that I really enjoyed and it was a standout in both style and content and I think a departure (more progressive) from earlier albums..were you pleased as well and did you have a favorite song from Monolith? I know there were also some videos done for the album "On the Other Side", "People of the Southwind" and "Away From You" that I saw on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1979....any idea if those videos (and other early videos from the 70s) could be made available to Kansas fans someday? Thank you.
Steve: Kirshner owns the rights. On the other side is my favorite
John: Steve, I realize that it would be impractical to tour with vintage equipment like the Hammond Organ, vibes or instruments like the older ARP, Oberheim and Moog synths and ARP String Ensembles you (and Kerry) used on your early albums, but I do miss some of the analog synth sounds in live performances on numbers like Song for America, Miracles etc. Have you ever considered sampling some of these sounds/instruments for use onstage with your current (modern) setup? Do you have a favorite instrument (synth) from the early days?
Steve: I'm not into redundancy. The one thing that keeps things fresh for me is the room I have to elaborate on earlier sounds. I hate to sound dated, and so I try to refresh these songs which I have played for 30 years with sounds that will inspire me.
Fred: Hi Steve, My name is Fred and I'm from the N. Y. Area. On a day back in 1973 a good friend of mine said U must hear this band. From that day forward I fell in love with Kansas. from the beginning the collaboration between You and Kerry I think is fantastic. I love your style of writing and Kerri's together of coarse with the other members You guys have a beautiful, meaningful, and powerful sound. I like that. In lue of your songs, I love the album Power, Freaks, and I think Glossolalia is a great Album. Everytime U guys' play in the NY area my wife and I catch the show. We never get tired of Kansas. At Mohican Sun I had the opportunity to talk to Robby.....A hell of a Nice Guy. My question is, do U write the music First or the lyric? Really big Fan
Steve: It changes. I read recently an article about Elmer Bernstein, the famous movie composer who purposely does things different on every project. That's my motto
Sam: Steve, in 1981 when you left the band you said it was because of different beliefs if you will... What were the beliefs the band was embracing and how did they differ from yours? Great concert last night in Cerritos... Thanks for the great time.
Steve: I feel it might be obvious if you compare "Audio Visions" and the first "STREETS" album
Doug: Steve, Hope you can indulge two questions. I was curious what the band's thoughts are on People Of The South Wind? As I recall, it was a pretty big hit and yet it didn't make it on the Best Of disc and doesn't get performed live too often. Second, after touring with Yes, when they did the Masterworks Tour, has Kansas considered doing something similar? I know you guys have to do Dust, Carry On and several other "standards", but a second half of things like Closet Chronicles, Lamplight, Hopelessly Human, How My Soul Cries Out For You and the like would be amazing. I always thought Angels Have Fallen was the best you and Robbie ever sang together. With him back, it could be great. Best to you and yours and thanks for your time.
Steve: Thanks.
Johnny: Steve, It's great to hear about your exploits and stories from the early years of Kansas through the present. You've mentioned the drugs and rock and roll, but how about the sex? Have you had the opportunity to meet many women on the road?
Steve: No thanks!
Larry: Hi Steve! Thank you for the years of great entertainment. I have seen the band perform 32 times in every touring version. Rich is the only one that has played at all 32. The times you were absent were dark times as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, the last time we saw you on Labor Day 2002, at what was once known as Pine Knob, the sound mix was terrible. America, who opened for you, sounded great. They even went as far as to thank the sound man for making them sound better then they really are. When you guys played, the sound was so bad it actually hurt our ears. There were people leaving in droves after just a few songs. We stuck it out because of our love for the music and your superb performances in the past. A casual fan or a first timer would have gotten a very poor impression. My question is: Does a sound man travel with you, or does the house provide someone to run the board? If he travels with you, is he hindered by the available equipment or did he just miss it that evening? The DVD is great and I enjoy Glossolalia very much. Carry On! Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Steve: I'm sorry you were offended.
John: Hi Steve, My name is John Brown, I'm from Minnesota. You would probably recognize me if you saw me, but anyway... I was reading a story you were telling about landing at Atlanta and the flight attendant reading off the connecting gates ect. You said they were using words after letters. Being a 13 year Marine veteran I think they were using the (phonetic alphabet). In the military this is used over the radio to avoid confusing one sound for another. A is alpha, B is beta, C is Charley ect.. You couldn't remember what E was !!! E is Echo. Just trying to help. I love all the stories on the website, and find myself laughing out loud because I've done a lot of that stuff myself. Speaking for all Kansas fans, I'm happy as hell that you have cleaned up and wish you all the best in everything you do. OH,, and the DVD sounds great with 600 watts of 5.1 surround behind it!!!!!
Steve: I'm sure there were. I think Billy G. used a couple on his solo cd.
Richard: Steve, I love reading the memories section, keep em coming. I probably have a thousand questions but I'll keep it to just one. Were there any finished songs from Power or ITSOT that never made it to record and if so were they any good?
Steve: Echo...OK...got it
Steve W.: Hi Steve If a promoter gave you enough money and said play any set you like using your favourite Kansas, Streets or solo stuff, what set would you give us ?.
Steve: I'd have to spend some time thinking about it, and discuss it with others.
Steve B.: If Streets would have received proper backing from the record label and air play it deserved, would you have been able to walk away to regenerate Kansas or was it just a case of, So Close- So Far Away?
Steve: STREETS was a hell of a band. I spent every cent I had on it, and it tanked. There was nothing left for me but to earn a living as a musician the best way I could. Billy Greer came with me, and for that I am thankful. The Music Industry is a sucking swirling eddy of despair, brightened by moments of false hope.(famous Chinese quote)

Hugues: Hi Steve! I'm a french guy thinking that you always did a great great job by singing, playing the keys and writing music with Kansas; I have three questions: -playing the keyboards myself I'm trying to play the piano and the hammond parts from the records but it's sometimes very hard to find all the notes ! where can I find the keyboards scores?? -regarding the gigs: you used to share the keys with Kerry, but when he doesn't play with Kansas how can you play all the parts alone when singing in the same time?? -will Kansas be touring in Europe?

Steve: a. I dunno b. it's all done with mirrors c. I hope so

 

Here are the "September"-Questions

Thomas: Just one question, where did you get your inspiration for writing and singing most of the songs from the Audio-Vision album, I know Kerry did alot.
Steve: Audio visions was the beginning of the end of us. It was a terrible experience for all those involved.
Gary: Its really a personal question concerning his old days and old ways. During the drug/alcohol days, Do you feel your voice and drive suffered or increased. Your voice is better now thsan ever and I was just wondering.
Steve: It took a direct hit on my vocals. I tried to stay in shape, and did, but rewarded myself with the things that came to bear on my art. As a composer, it did allow me to visit places in my mind that would not have made it to paper, but that too began to be a crutch which I couldn't seem to live without.
Frode: I am a 41 years old guy from Norway. I`m sure that i am Norways biggest Kansas/Steve Walsh fan. So here is my question. Will Kansas or Steve make a tour in Europe one day? It is very expensive for me to travel to USA, so Europe is my only oportuenity to see my favourite musicans live. Many wishes from Frode Haug.
Steve: Frode, we have been to Europe on a few occasions, and would love to come back. Our main market is Germany, but the taxes levied on non-German groups is almost as much as we would make, so promoters have to figure on paying us twice as much. Not many promoters think of us as being that worthy.
Maria: Hi, Steve. In the Spirit of Things is the only Kansas album that has songs on it that were not written by the band members. Who are the writers? And why did you use other writers? Also wanted to know if you ever took voice lessons or have someone that works with you to keep up your voice or just never had to? Also wanted to let you know that I love the DVD. It's funny - I've heard you sing all these years but never heard you talk!
Steve: That was a while ago, and I really don't have any idea who they are or even who they were. The songs were brought to us to do from the record company who felt they needed a "hit" to sell the album. We did the songs, and nobody sold the album. typical....
Jos: Hi Steve, "This project, from start to finish, is about giving something back to the fans," said Ehart. I copied the above from the Kansas Site. As you know it's about the DVD. I don't understand this. I thought most of your fans are in Japan and Europe and that the US is a bad market for progressive/symphonic/melodic rock. Why in god's name is the DVD then only a region 1 DVD. I am a big fan, got all your albums (band and solo) and I was eagerly awaiting the DVD but this is a major disappointment.
Steve: I'm very sorry to hear that it's only a region 1. I will alert Phil immediately. thanks
Lore: Hi, Steve. On your first solo album, "Schemer-Dreamer", you dedicated the album to the memory of Emily Walsh with special thanks to Marie Walsh. Who are they? Also, aside from anything on Vinyl Confessions and Drastic Measures, is there a song you like the least? - Or are all the songs voted on and liked by all the bandmembers before they are put on the album?
Steve: Emily was my grandmother who passed on. Marie was my first wife who worked very hard on that album. The band has everything to do with choosing the material to play. After working on a project for a long time, the last thing I have in mind is a "favorite" song. I try to listen to everything else I can to clense my palate.
Jared: Hey Steve. First off, I wanna say that I was literally a fan of Kansas all my life, as my parants went to The Spirit of Things tour(I THINK) in 1987 when I was five months into concieval. Anyways, I was wondering, how come you guys don't play anything off Power or The Spirit of Things? Those are probably my two favorite Kansas albums and, even though Robbie Steinhart didn't play on either, you could probably fit him into each song very well. That and I want to know when is the next time your coming to Virginia Beach? Thanks!
Steve: Is "conceival" really a word? We don't play anything from those cds because of how they sold. Fans like them, and I like them(probably more than any others), but fans make up a very small part of who comes to see us. We try to perform a little for everyone.
Ralph: Steve, I really enjoyed the DVD! I noticed that the film's "grainy" look was reminiscent to "The Song Remains the Same". Was this intentional, and was the direction of the DVD influenced by other concert films like "Woodstock" and "Stop Making Sense"?
Steve: Yeah,well somebody is liable to blow smoke at you by saying it was intentional, but if we would have had the budget, we would have done 35mm instead of 16. Videotape does not saturate light as well as film, and so every dvd you see done on videotape is very "white" because of all the cover light that has to be employed. We are not a "pretty" band, and so we decided that mood was important.
Jennifer: I wrote earlier to you, but then spent some time reading your info on this website... I wasn't surprised that you went through alot during your time on the road... I have again been a fan since the late 70's and your voice and Kansas' music was always an inspiration... I am happy that you are nearby in Atlanta and doing well. I have never been one to 'look-up' (for lack of a better word) to celebrities, but I do admire you for your choices and the inspiration you have been to so many, including me. I believe that anyone can 'make it' in this world, if they want it badly enough, but somehow you have been an icon for me. I am sorry for your 'down-times' but I am happy you seem finally settled and happy... My hope is to meet you someday, maybe even be able to train you if you still workout. God bless and best of luck always.
Steve: Words elude me.
Dave: Steve, I have always liked the song Magnum Opus. Would you please tell us how the song was created?
Steve: Magnum Opus was a blender in which everybody just threw a bunch of stuff together, on the spot.
Tom: Hi Steve. Some time ago I came across a rehearsal cassette of you and the guys for the Vinyl Confessions album, obviously shortly before your leaving the band. One of the songs I heard was a track called "Gunrunner's Heart". I think that it was a tremendous song and was wondering if there were any plans to record it. Keep up the great work....I have seen you guys many times and appreciate you more every time.
Steve: I put it on the first Streets album which has recently been re released on CD.
Derek: Hi Steve, I'm glad to have found this website. Your openness to share with your fans is appreciated. I've always, still do, love the sound of your voice. The phrasing, vibrato, sound, and power, is amazing. You have the strongest high "ooooo's" in the business. As a youngster, I would always practice my vocals to you. Still to this day, before I perform, I warm my pipes up to singing with you. Where I can't compete is in the higher registers. The EQ of my voice gets thin where yours seems to get fatter, fuller and stronger which leads to my question. During the recording of the vocal-bridge in "Point of No Return", did it take some time to get that performance right and full sounding? That's an awesome display of power and confidence.
Steve: My voice was my friend that day.
Derek: Hi Steve, As an artist, we always want our recent work to be deemed as our best work. Many fans of this forum reference their love for the music of Kansas. This is the time the world was introduced to Steve Walsh. I've had my own personal experience dealing with record companies. We had a record deal from a couple of companies but no marketing backing at all. We turned down the deals, hence no one has heard of me. I'm frustrated I didn't know about Glossolalia until I found this web site a few weeks ago. My question is not to receive a "perceived by all on this board self-pity" answer. So if you answer, I know it's based on fact. Do you think when you left Kansas at it's peak, you were politically mark by the record companies as not to support again? It's frustrating to see you not receive marketing. You're too great a talent to not be supported.
Steve: Sometimes it happens and sometimes it don't..Mick Jagger Vs. Sting
Reed: Steve, I would love to know if you and your two Kansas brothers Kerry and Dave still keep in touch?
Steve: Loosely yes.

Dave K.: My wife and I are unable to have our own children and have decided to adopt. I also recently discovered that you were yourself adopted and have also adopted a child of your own. Would you mind sharing your experiences about being adopted and also about the child you adopted?

Steve: Good luck to you. There's too many kids and not enough good parents.

 

Here are his answers to the "August"-Questions

Oliver: Hi Steve, I just caught you with Kansas on Aug. 23, 2002 in Bay St. Louis MS. The show was great I could see you were playing Kurzweil keyboards. They sounded great out front! Could you give us a breakdown of your setup (keyboards & any outboard gear) you are currently using on this tour?
Steve: I'm playing a PC88(KURZ) and a K2VX(KURZ) and a rack EMU B3 with some mods.
Philip: Hello Steve. Enjoyed the show in Bay St. Louis 8-23-02. I'm the one with the big smile and the thumbs up right in front of the stage. I had a chance to talk with Robbie and Rich the other night. Rich said he remembered the night years ago when the band was playing in Philadelphia,Mississippi and you handed me the microphone during Carry On and let me sing. I'm sure you remember. I don't have a question I just wanted you to know how much it meant to me to be able to do that. I never had a chance to thank you. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Steve: OK!
Jean: It is being discussed on the kansasfans bulletin board your nationality. We know you were adopted, but someone said you were possible raised in an Indian orphanage. Are you Native American? Does the Cheyenne Anthem have some connection to your ancestory?
Steve: I could have some fun with this answer, but I won't blow any smoke. I have no idea what the hell I am. Cheyenne Anthem is a great song by Kerry. Never liked the middle. Reminds me of the Simpson's theme song.
Michael: Dear Steve, Thanks for your dissertation on ItSoT. After Leftoverture, it's my favorite Kansas album. Do you have any particular memories of writing or recording "The Bells of St. James" and "I Counted on Love?" Those two songs are, in my opinion, some of your finest work ever across the board-lyrically, vocally, and musically. Thanks again for answering these questions for all us freaks. God bless,
Steve: Bells, is written to commemorate the years I spent in my gradeschool, and also with my parents in mind. Counted on Love was just a feeling I made into music.
John: Steve, first of all, I have followed Kansas since I was a young teen in the mid-70s...the music you all created is timeless and is still the primary staple of what I listen to today. I recently saw you all (for the first time) in Portsmouth VA with Styx...frankly, Kansas blew Styx musically out of the water..you guys were awesome. However, I was dissappointed to read your most recent story on your website where you made several references to drug use during your time in LA in the late 1980s and you appeared to cherish your "high times". I realize this is a personal subject, but wonder what your views are on drug use today? There is a undoubtedly new generation of Kansas fans out there who look up to you (as I did as a young teen) and I sincerely hope you would set an example for them...drugs aren't "cool" anymore. Anyway, thanks for listening a keep rocking (clean I hope!).
Steve: I'm not going to stand on a pulpit and preach. I don't use them and haven't for 5 years. To say it was never enjoyable would be a big fat lie. They provided me with an outlet that I could not have had. But in time they ruined my life and others around me. So it was time to quit. Try to comprehend the duality performers are under, and try not to pass judgement on those of us who have been "uncool".
Serge: Hello Steve, I have been a fan since 1976 when I was 15 years old. My first concert ever was Kansas in 1978 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. One of my favourite albums is from that time. (Two for the Show) I think this one of the greatest live albums of all time. I was recently at the Westbury Tour in LI. YOU WERE GREAT. It was the best concert I have ever been to. I have all the Kansas albums and Gossollalia. I have been very inspired by your music. As a musician and songwriter myself, I feel a special connection to other musicians and artists. Your songs have inspired my personal writings. I have two questions: 1. What happened to your voice during the In The Spirit Of Things tour. 2. I would like to ask you if you would be open to listening to one of my CD's. I would be greatly moved. One of my greatest dreams would be to have you listen and or sing one of my songs. It would be a great honor for me.
Steve: I don't remember.
Stephen: Steve I was discouraged to see that Glossolalia did not get promoted well, Even my fellow Kansas fans did not know about it until I told them. Great work, incredible production and arrangements, you should be very proud. I played Glossolalia for my 15 year old neighbor. He thought you were some "Tight" new band. I am a musician from Topeka originally and will always have strong ties to the nature culture and beauty that it holds. What ties if any do you have to the midwest? When Monolith was first heard by the label executives, how did they react to your songs of Native American culture; while other bands were singing of sex, drugs and money. If you would have never had a break in music, what profession would have been second on your list. I wish todays generation of young adults were given music like you gave us. Best Regards,
Steve: The fact that Glossolalia did not do better broke my heart. I am from the midwest, so I guess you could say my ties are there. I heard it said once that if you had something to "fall back on" as a career, you probably would. I have no idea what I would do if I weren't doing this. I'm very fortunate.
Ian: Hi Steve: Quickly..... I love "Lonely Wind" off the debut album and prefer it to "Dust". How do you feel about the song personally and what was the inspiration at the time. Secondly, what advice would you give to an aspiring songwriter (not in a band) who's getting pressure to write hooks and hits from labels?
Steve: I feel that my stuff prior to STREETS is pretty shitty. It's contrived, and shlocky. I appreciate your compliment, but to me, Dust is timeless. I don't even know how to talk to labels anymore. Like I tell everyone else, if you want to be a musician, quit doing everything else. Leave your family, and your friends. Find others who share your devout interest. You'll find out real fast if it's meant for you.
Keith: Hi Mr. Walsh. My name is Keith Wallen and I am a senior at the University of Tennessee. I have been a fan of Kansas since I was young. I myself am a singer in a band here in Knoxville and I have always been fascinated with the range of your voice. My question is how could I increase my vocal range, are there excercises or breathing techniques, and how do I develope a vibrato? Thank You for all your great music.
Steve: If you've got the range, it will show. I'm not a trained vocal guy, so warmups are usually not in my vocabulary.
Mark: hey steve, you are what i believe to be the one of the greatest singers/composers of all time!!! i know that i could never truly understand the pressures of being in KANSAS over the years but it seems to me that in recent interviews and even answering questions on this site that you are almost resentful of KANSAS at times. is this true? and if so why? its hard as a fan when your music has meant so much to us over the years to read comments that sound as if you are really burned out by the whole KANSAS "thing". are you tired of performing the material? and it seemed that you had little excitement over "somewhere to elsewhere" as well. is it simply providing a living for you now? and what would you really like to be doing if i am correct?
Steve: I'd like to be independently wealthy. I'm not and so I'm bitter. I'm also not as good looking as I'd like to be. I'm really pissed off about that. .
Hey Steve! I'm very happy about the new Kansas DVD LIVE and the cd reprinting of two Street's albums! Please,what do you think about a new reprinting edictione of your first Kansas live(Two for the Show)? The curren t ediction is very poor(no photos inside the booklet and one song less by the original track list).So,I hope that it will be reprinted a new ediction with the original photos and track list. Please,I wait your answer Thanks,bye!
Steve: We are done doing things to our historic catalog. We have nothing left to do or say about it. It is what it is.
Matt: Hey Steve! I am a 1st semester vocal student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As you are a monumental figure in rock singing, i come to you with a few technical questions. You execute such high natural-voice passages with seemingly no effort -- (you know, the high C's) -- what are some of the ways in which you've developed this extraordinary range? Also, how have you managed to maintain your vocal stamina, so as to continue performing strong all these years? Any other tips you can offer to a serious young singer would also be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Steve: Matt, I wish we were around Boston more often. I feel that a strong body is a strong voice. I feel that if you have the range, you will know it. Believe me, it's not always there for me.
Keith: hi steve this is keith down here in ellijay georgia about 50 miles from atlanta. any way i know this may sound strange but what exactly is the song carry on wayward son about. i love you guys and love the song but i was just wandering. i have all the old albums and listen to them alot. i caught you guys with styx in 94 in atlanta awesome show. well anyway keep on rockin you guys deserve to be in the hall of fame.
Steve: That's a Kerry question. Sorry.
Andrew: Hi Steve. I've been a big fan of you and Kansas my whole life. Of course that's only been about 14 years. I was wondering, how much longer do you think Kansas will stay together? I hope you continue to tour and record albums for years to come. I've only been to one of your performances(Niles,Ohio). Also, your voice hasn't been as good as it originally was ever since the 80s. Is that from constantly straining your vocal chords, or is there another reason?
Steve: Thanks for the pep talk.

Mickey: Steve, Saw you for the first time back in 79 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, and said to myself "that's what I want to do with my life." Since then, I've had moderate (local) success with some of my material over the years, but never managed to crack the "big time." My question is this. You were my initial inspiration to become a keyboardist/vocalist/performer, and I'm searching for inspiration now as to why I should continue writing and recording, now that I have a "real" job, family and responsibilities, and in all likelihood will never hit it big. Do you have any words of wisdom/advice? Also, I did have a copy of one of my tapes sent backstage to you about 5 years ago, entitled "Restless Ones." Don't know if you got it or not, as I'm sure you are given lots of items at shows. Have always wanted to meet you, missed you one time backstage at Pine Knob as you guys left the back room and bee-lined to the bus. Just wanted to say thanks for your inspiration, you are my main musical influence and to that I can never thank you enough.

Steve: Mickey, try to appreciate what you do for yourself. If you're recording a track, consider what it's for. It should be what you want it to be. Write what you feel, and have it stand there all by itself. It is utterly a glimpse at your soul. And if someone doesn't like it, screw em.

 

The "July"-Questions answered by Steve

Dave M.: Steve...I am a bit curious, what Inspirs you to write certain songs? Who are your favorite past artists?
Steve: I find inspiration in all kinds of places. Books, movies, commercials, other people's stuff. Kate Bush, Beatles, Divynls, Animals, Young Rascals, Genesis, etc. .
Dave B.: Steve, I was profoundly influenced by my first record - Leftoverture - when I was 13. Your music is associated with the highest highs and lowest lows in my life. In his book, Kerry talks about his early classical influences. What were yours? I'm curious how and when your musical development began.
Steve: I took some piano lessons and they were classical. When I met Kerry and the rest of the band, they took me to where they were going.
Mark: Of all the different venues that you have performed at over the years, are there any places that you would consider to be your favorites? Also, are there any specific shows that were the most memorable to you and the band?
Steve: I still like playing the Greek Theatre in L.A, as well as the Fox in Atlanta. We really liked the way the DVD turned out which we shot at Earthlink live in Atlanta.
Sandy: Hi Steve! I am so happy that "Streets" music will be available on CD soon, my question is: will your first solo album "Schemer Dreamer" be re-released here in the U.S? I can only find this on-line under Japanese release. I know myself and other Steve Walsh fans would love to walk in a music store here in the U.S and be able to buy it. Also is there any chance of seeing old Kansas concerts being made available on DVD in the future? Thank you, Steve for the music, looking forward to seeing Kansas soon in Michigan .
Steve: I have no idea what will be released and when. If I owned this stuff, I could tell you. sorry.
Mike: My wife and I saw Kansas at Fraze Auditorium in Ohio, it was a great show. I was wonderring how Kansas chooses where to play and how we could get them to come to Louisville, KY next year maybe to the Louisville Palace or even to the State Fair.
Steve: We play where we get paid. We';re not that picky .
Mike B.: Hi, I have played in local bands for about 25 years and have tried my best to duplicate your style and methods since I first heard your soaring vocals. What I would like to know is who has been some of your biggest influences in your career. I have all but worn out my copy of Somewhere To Elsewhere, your music just keeps getting better. Thanks for so many GREAT years!.
Steve: Some of my influences are listed as the answer to question 1....I'm listening to Peter Gabriel's new cd, and also everything by Rammstein.
Sean: Steve, As a singer and songwriter, I hold you in the highest regard; I believe you to be without peer. However, there are many reports going around about you being rude to your fans. Why do you think that is?
Steve: Hell if I know .
Alan: Hi Steve, Alan Hawdon here from a small town in ENGLAND called Darlington, I think that ItSoT is a superb album and would love to see someone in movieland have the imagination to make a film of it, anyway some people reading this will know what I am going to ask because as yet no-one from the band has answered this question, why do you ignore the UK as far as concerts go, my parents wouldn't allow me to go to manchester in 78 so I travelled to Georgia via Holland, Detroit and Florida to see you guys a couple of years ago, will you ever come back here, is there anything I can do to help the band get a gig? you would fill a venue somewhere central like in London, please consider it. Enough ranting ! keep on writing and performing I thought Gloss was the best album I got last year.
Steve: We have no control over who gets to see us. We would love to come and perform in Europe, but no one will provide the necessary bucks. sorry .
Jean: I won't flatter you because everybody else has done a great job on that already, but feel free to flatter me! LOL I read on a Kansas fan site that you were all approached to do a VH-1 "Whatever Happened To" special. You respectfully declined - why? You mentioned your son at an Aberdeen Proving Ground concert in 2001 - is he musically inclined? or do you discourage his participation? .
Steve: We are still making music, we still have aspirations, we still feel connected to our careers. If and when our careers come to an end, then and only then will it be appropriate to do a "Whatever happened to" segment. Until then, we still would like to be considered relevent. My son is his own person. I encourage his musical appreciation. It is the bond we share. The music business sucks, and I would never want anyone I love to be in it of their own free will.
Caleb: Hi my name is Caleb I'm a 15 year old fan out of Houston, I saw you at ArrowFest '02 a month or two back and you were great. I had to ask (sorry if this has been asked before) what are your biggest musical influences past and present? Thanks for your tim and come back to Houston next year please.
Steve: Thanks Caleb...see questions 1 and 6.
Jeff: I love your new solo CD. "Rebecca" is one of the most powerful songs you have ever recorded in my opinion. You, Kerry and Kansas have made me feel many emotions over the years, but the ONLY song that ever brought me to tears was your song off of "Always Never The Same" titled "Need to Know." Words can't describe the power in that song! So I just wanted to know if that song came from a personal experience or something you read or heard about. Thanks for being the best!
Steve: Jeff, I wrote Need to Know after I saw Sling Blade about 10 times in a row.
Mark: Steve, I notice that you're in great shape from running. Are you an outdoorsman? You came from St. Joe along the mighty Missouri.
Steve: No, I never got into the fishing thing. Killed a few squirells with a 4.10 when I was very young, and decided I liked them better alive.
Gary: This will be the first time I have been able to see the band since 1980. Is it possible to meet the band members and get an autograph or will they have autographed programs for sale? It would be nice to thank them for all the great music in person. It would be a dream come true?
Steve: We sell stuff, and sometimes you can catch us wandering around. .
Tom: Hi Steve I have a question re: the new dvd coming out i was wondering if we could buy it off your site or if we have to wait till it comes out in the stores? If we have to wait do you have an aproximate date as to when it will be available?
Steve: The DVD should be out now. I don't think we're offering it off our site, but if you call your favorite video store they might be able to help you. .

Tom: Steve you used to play vibes and I've noticed you no longer do I was just wondering why?

Steve: For the same reason I don't carry a 350 lb organ anymore. We can't fly that stuff, and we're not set up to have anyone take care of them.

 

Here are the questions of June 2002 answered by Steve

Terry: Hey Steve! Audio Visions was released at a real pivotal point in my life and my favorite track is "Relentless." The only time I have ever heard the band play it was on that tour. It is such a powerful song....will it ever be added back into the set list?
Steve: I have no way of knowing what we will be inclined to do in the future.
David: Hello Steve, I would just like to Thank you and the band for deciding to record the upcoming live dvd. My question is how did you all decide what songs to include on the dvd shoot? Looking forward to purchasing it as soon as it's available! All the best to you all! Kansas is a band!!!!
Steve: David, thanks, the list is what we are currently playing in 2002
Ian: Hi Steve: I'm a long time fan of you and the band (Kansas) and have seen you guys live many times going back to 1976. Since Robby rejoined the group, you are not coming out from behind the keyboard to perform very much. And with the exception of the 2000 tour with Yes, you seem less animated. I realize that since you are now the only one on keys, it's not easy getting out front. My question is, do you miss getting out front to sing? After years of performing, are you tired of the dancing, kicks and handstands? Any chance of getting another keyboard player for the purpose of freeing you up? Don't get me wrong, I love and support you and the band in all the different formats. I'm just curious.
Steve: I always promised myself that I would never try to purposely embarrass my band and my family. What I did as a showman, I did. What I do now is what I feel, and I will always continue to do what it is that's best for myself-and hopefully people will equate that with respect.
Ralph Bonacci: Steve, I've considered In the Spirit of Things a masterpiece ever since I first heard it. Have you ever considered doing a theatrical presentation of this story?
Steve: I have always felt that In the Spirit of Things would make a great story-similar to the Lamb Lies down on Broadway by Genesis. I would love to be involved in such an endeavor.
Bill McRea : Hi Steve, any chance of a Streets reunion for a tour next year. Maybe perform a few tunes from Gloss and Billy’s solo effort? Keep cool, were all listening.
Steve: Thanks for your support, and I can't say if STREETS will ever do anything-but there is a release of both albums on CD being planned for the coming year.
Leslie: Hi Steve, The recent DVD Rehearsal & Concert filming was sure lots of fun. But I was so glad (and a little nervous) to meet you that I forgot to ask the question that I had pre-planned (so much for planning - didn't remember to ask anyone until I got to Phil!)) What is your favorite song to perform, and why? Has this varied through the years, or does it vary daily? Thanks for everything.
Steve: Leslie, the WALL is by far the most meaningful to me, because in my opinion it's Kerry's best work.
Frank: You have been involved in so much lately, with projects like: Leonardo-The Absolute Man, December People, Explorer's Club, Glossolalia and I can't remember what else. My question is when if ever can we see you perform some of the non-Kansas material? By the way, I'll see you in Bethlehem PA in August, and am looking forward to another great show!
Steve: The time will come someday when KANSAS is not a staple of my life, and at that time, I will look into doing other work.
James: hi steve, i met you many years ago at the philadelphia airport. you were very cool to me. i have 22 years in this insane business as well. my question has two parts please. #1. i believe you are without question somewhere in the top 5 vocalists (if not #1.) in the history of rock along with robin zander, robert plant, steve perry, lou gram, paul rogers. i have always loved your voice and followed your career at various times. keep going, you are so,so gifted. #2. you are a great songwriter, kerry is a great songwriter but the classic, timeless, magnificent body of work that you guys created together is absolutely ridiculous in its greatness and magnitude. now i realize the whole christian thing, and the business thing can be a wedge etc.. both your stuff is great (but to me and i am trying not to live in nostalgia), neither of you without the other can rival your collaberative efforts much like plant/page, tyler/perry, jones/gram, zander/neilson etc. will you two never, ever get it together to write again ? please steve, say it aint so ! this is so great to have a forum to communicate to you. thanks for so many years of goosebumps and musical inspiration ! say it aint so ! if i was a trust fund baby, i would pay both you guys a huge bag of money to revisit where you were at in your heads during the writing/ recording of Leftoverture/Song for America/Masque/Point of know Return/Monolith. You guys were on fire !!!
Steve: I appreciate your comments, and I can't say with any certainty what Kerry and I will or will not do in the future. He has a standing invitation to come and collaborate with not only me, but KANSAS as a whole, any time he wants.
Hi Steve, I was wondering, there's a whole new generation of progressive bands out there seeing Kansas as one of their main influences. For instance Mike Romeo of Symphony X said he'd only listened to Leftoverture before they recorded their best so far "V" album, with their singer described by press as a combination of Ronnie Dio and you. Since I now know what kinds of music inspires you, are you at all familiar or interested in bands like this, and how does it feel that there bands out there (some very big) that, in a way, look up to Kansas.
Steve: I expect some bands to be inspired by our stuff, in the same way that some bands inspire me. It's a compliment and an obligation at the same time.
Richard: Hello Steve, I was wondering why Streets disbandoned in 1985, was it because you rejoined Kansas or the other way around?
Steve: Atlantic Records did absolutely NOTHING for STREETS, and after our second album, wanted to do a third for a reduced amount of money, I said no.
Janie: I have a question about these songs: nightmare begins broken glass desiree all I wanted under the knife need heart attack haunted man mascara tears I think these songs were all about the same person, are there any I've missed?
Steve: They could be about the same person-but they also could be complete fabrications of my imagination.....I can't really say
Terry: Thank you for an extraordinary body of work! Your recent composition/recording endeavors been in the digital domain; would you give a brief round-up of what you're using for equipment and software?
Steve: MOTU DP3 with TC Electronics Powercore in a G4 733 using Apogee Trak2 preamp-Kurzweil keys, Soundeluxe Mic.
Janie: I love everything on Glossolalia, except 'Nothing' but that's because of the slide steel guitar- too country for me. But I truly believe that Mascara Tears is the best love song you've ever written. At the end, sorta mixed under, the instrumental you say "I'm just trying to do the right thing." Is that a private message, or does it allude to something in the song that I missed? I know you pull from all of life for your songs, which is way your albums are so interesting. But if two people own each others broken heart- why don't they just get together?
Steve: Many things prevent TRUE love from ever being realized. Watch Gone with the Wind and you'll see what I mean.
Janie: have you ever considered writing an autobiography, or having someone else write it for you? You really should consider, not just because you are famous, but because you and your bandmates are doing something that has never been done before- you have taken the band out of the garage and kept it moving for a lot longer than had ever been done before. Even most of the 'big bands' only hung in there for ten years or so, and when you go back to bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders these guys only stuck it out during their late teens and early twenties, then they went on to get 'real' jobs. If you want somebody to write it for you- call me. I've been trying to get a book about you out for about 20 years.
Steve: thanks for the offer. I'm way too private to make my entire life a promenade for public scrutiny.

Patty Blose: Dear Steve, I was at a recent concert in Niles, Ohio and sent you 2 roses up on stage. I was wondering if you received them.

Steve: I appreciate the gesture, but when people give me roses, I really don;'t know what to do with them...

 

Here are the questions of May 2002 answered by Steve

BOB: is there any possible way you could ask Steve on which if any songs he sings falsetto? I always wanted to know if he ever sang falsetto. One more thing, I believe Steve once had a minor role in a movie?
Steve: No and No.
BOBBY HIX: Steve, I have been following your career since I first saw you live at the Fox in Atlanta during the Leftoverture Tour. That was incredible. I had ordered a CD of Shemer / Dreamer from a Kansas website listed in the liner notes of the Kansas box set. that site turned out to be bogus as my check was cashed and I received no merchandise. While I am not asking for a refund, I would like to know the best place for me to purchase the import Cd. I have 2 of the albums but they are too scratched to make copies. Can you help ? Thanks you very much for your music and inspiration.
Steve:I don't have any idea...sorry
Steve, Just out of curiosity, Where did you get those tye dye socks? I've been looking for socks like those for years and have came up empty. Keep Rockin and RAMMSTEIN still rocks :)
Steve: I think it's www.foottraffic.com
Larry Moore: Steve, as a huge fan of Kansas growing up and even more so in adulthood as I move closer to 40, it never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many times I hear your music, it always rewinds my life to a simpler and carefree days. I believe that is a tribute to the lasting value of your music, with and without Kansas. I cannot imagine today's music having such longevity, so I try to expose my children to music such as Kansas, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. My question is this to you; when you started the long rock and roll journey so many years ago, how did you envision yourself at this point in time? Take care, and keep rocking..........
Steve: I envisioned myself dead.
Robert A. Feldman: Steve- I have a devoted fan of 27+ years and can't tell you how inspirational both you and the band have been. I have purchased my golden circle seats and am literally counting the days. My questions are: Will the entire original band be at the show? Will the show be recorded in Dolby Digital DTS? By the way, Glossalia was unbelievable. Keep up the good work!
Steve: The band as it has been for 20 years will be and yes it will be available in DTS
Michael Handy: Dear Steve, Since Robby's return to the band, your voice is sounding better than it has in years, and your stage presence/demeanor/attire have all changed (toned down?) quite a bit. To what do you attribute these changes? Can't wait to see you in Atlanta. Take care, and God bless,
Steve: I don't want to embarrass myself anymore than I have to
Brian Boyce: Is Kansas performing Distant Vision LIVE because of the HUGE positive FAN RESPONSE? ...and does he (Steve) enjoy singing it? WE need to know!!
Steve: Distant Vision is being performed because KANSAS wanted to do it.
Steve Pappalardo: Steve, I've been a fan since 1975 when I first heard Masque on 8 Track. Your music has been a big part of my life through adolescence, early adulthood and now my parental years. It's great to see my 3 children listening and enjoying the same timeless music some 25-30 years later. Thanks for your inspiration. As far as my question, I look forward with much anticipation toward the June DVD concert in Atlanta. Can you provide a sneak preview of the set list the band is working on and will it include any of your songs from "ITSOT" ( Bells of St. James) "Power" (Taking In The View) and "Freaks of Nature" (Hope Once Again, Black Fathom 4, Under The Knife, Peaceful and Warm) which often get overlooked because of the emphasis on the early songs. How about really promoting "STE" by playing 3-4 tunes from this latest release. Thanks for allowing the fans a chance to interact, and keep rocking.
Steve: thanks.
DOUG ODNE: Hello, My name is Doug Odne, I visit this web site quite often, think it is great. My question is: I have noticed in a number of concert's of Steve and Kansas, (Whiskey - Don Kirshner's) that Steve and some of the band member's have what looks like a tattoo on their right arm. Can Steve tell me and his fans what this tattoo is and when and why they have it. Do all the member's of Kansas have one, I don't recall seeing Kerry with one, only Steve, Phil, Dave and Rich. Also will Steve and Streets be releasing re-mastered Streets CD's? Thank you!
Steve: Kerry is the only member without the tattoo. It was done as a symbol of solidarity. Obviously, Kerry didn't ever feel that feeling. I hear that the STREETS cds will be released next year.
Michael Louie: Steve, would you mind commenting on perhaps my all time favorite Kansas album "Freaks of Nature"? It's a shame that the album was not a bigger commercial success. The songwriting on the album is exceptional and the performances are the closest (of any studio album) to capturing the energy of a live Kansas concert. Is there a reason why I've never heard any of these fine songs performed live (in the last number of years? Thanks in advance for your reply!
Steve: It's difficult to describe the many different avenues KANSAS has gone down over the years. Now that Robby is back, we tend to concentrate on what he was a part of.
Bryan: Steve, I have been with you guys a long time. I will be in Atlanta for the Dvd show. It is only fitting that I be there. I made many forlorn trips to the record shops during those dry years hoping for a new release. ( I played kansas tracks so much I didnt listen to the radio enough to be up on current news. HA ! ) I have been to 12 shows and I still stare at the stage asking myself "How on earth do they DO that ???? My question is why we does'nt the band include " Lamplight" and "Pinnacle" on its setlists anymore?
Steve: They are overly ponderous in my opinion
Richard Guadagnini; How does it feel to have so many peolpe admire you and look up to as a both a performer and and inspiration. Most of us will never achieve the hings in life hat that you have.
Steve: I am blessed.
Andy Casale: Hey Steve, It's a known fact that Paul Rodger's is one of your favorite vocalists. He's one of mine too (right along side a certain lead singer for the band Kansas). Who else has influenced your singing and who do you think should be singing on the next Van Halen record?
Steve: David Lee Roth
Mark Bloniarz: Hi Steve, I've been a big fan since I was lucky enough to see Kansas on tour at the Palladium in NYC back in the 70's. I thought that was one of the best places that I've ever seen you perform at. On the songs that you and Kerry wrote together the writing credits sometimes appear as Walsh,Livgren and on others it is Livgren,Walsh. Does the order signify who wrote the lyrics and/or the music?
Steve: It pertains to who occupies the majority of credit
Chris Messina: Hey Steve, Just wanted to let you know that I have been a loyal fan since the late '70s when after being introduced to Kansas by my oldest brother, I became immersed in your vocal stylings. Glossolalia is an excellent CD and only makes me hope for more Steve Walsh solo recordings in the not too distant future. On that note, I wanted to know (or perhaps plant the seed) if you and Steve Morse would, or have ever considered working together again on a future project. Your collaborations on Schemer-Dreamer (Wait Until Tomorrow) but especially Power and In the Spirit of Things -- one of my favorite Kansas recordings--- make me nostalgic for that late 80's period when you and Morse were "like a house on fire." Looking forward to seeing you this summer at Westbury, Long Island and Allentown, Pa.
Steve: I'm not holding my breath about collaborating with Steve Morse.

 

Here are the questions of April 2002 answered by Steve

Michele Stadermann: Hundreds of years from now when people remember the artists of today, what would you like to be most remembered for or as? What is it that you want your legacy to be? Thank you.
Steve: I try to be real with myself as much as possible in this strange business. So often as an artist you get hit with opinions that are 180 degrees apart. I am doing what I love and try not to ponder my existence in my legacy.
Marc Jackson: Hi, Steve. You're my favorite singer/songwriter. I think it's sad that so much great music never sees the light of day because of what should be unrelated factors. For example, Heart's Ann Wilson is thought by many to have been unfairly dismissed by the industry due to superficiality and chauvinism. Do you think there is, or even CAN be, a significant parallel between quality and opportunity in the music business? Are we, as consumers, to blame? Thanks.
Steve: One of the great things about music is that if you dig deep enough, you can really find an artist that you can see is on a mission which is important to note, and follow. Along the way, they may get sidetracked and falter on the path. At that point, most of the following will probably bail. It's very difficult to bounce back as an artist after a cd is not received well. There are so many determining factors for a company to push one artist and sit on the other. I've been to both extremes, and they will cause you great mental anguish.
Tom Troia: Steve, Obviously, you keep your self in great shape. Do you have a workout routine you follow ? Thank you in advance for your response.
Steve: I run quite a bit.
Bill McRea: Hey Steve how you doing. Bill McRea hear looking forward to seeing you in June down in Hotlanta. My question is...how's your little girl and do you enjoy being a daddy? Has she ever attended any of your shows? (My daughter and I were at the show in Tahoe, she's in love with BillyJ) Rock On!
Steve: We're all fine here. She has not attended a concert.
Sam Moore: Steve, I love your work on Glossolalia and also the Streets work done with Billy and Mike Slamer. Can you forsee getting together with these guys and touring with material from these works (along with possibly Billy's Seventh Key stuff)? And will the Streets albums ever be released on CD in the US?
Steve: I've tried to get Atlantic to let loose of the tapes so Streets could come out on cd, but apparantly, someone doesn't want them to. I would love to work with Billy and Mike on a Streets project.
Thomas Frein: Hi Steve, I'd like to know, how often Glossolalia, which is one of my very favorite records, has been sold and if you're satisfied with this salary. Beside that I want to ask you, if it is planned to perform songs from Glossolalia live together with Kansas or solo.
Steve: I was shattered by the lack of response to Glossolalia. It will certainly affect my outlook for future solo cds. I have no plans to play any songs from it.
David Tenneyuque: Hey Steve! I was wondering what the chronology of the songs on Glossolalia are and what changes ( if any) did you make to them prior to or while recording the cd? Thanks! God bless!!
Steve: The songs are as much as 6 years old. The oldest being "smackin the clowns", and the youngest being "glossolalia". Working with Trent Gardner meant that all the songs would change in one way or another. He was very inspiring, and I could not have done it without him. Mike Slamer lent a great deal of influence on guitar. Most of the songs changed radically. Trent added parts, and focused on things that I would have never thought of.
Bev Martin: Steve Walsh appears to be in very good physical condition---What type, how frequently, and how intensely does he exercise?
Steve: I run quite a bit. I'm sorry to be so vague, but that's what I do.
Carol Leone: Hi Steve :-) This is so nice to be given the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about you. Anyway, my question to you is how has having a daughter changed your life as far as your perspective of life in general as well as practical, day to day activities? I have two daughters and they are the most wonderful thing to ever have happened to me! (Of course, their Dad had a lot to do with it!) Would love to hear your answer to this.....
Steve: I have a son who is 21 and a daughter who is 2. They have and will always be the center of my universe. Everything changes with kids, and that's the way it should be.
Fulton Calvery: Since Steve is from Missouri and the others from Topeka, Kansas. How did Steve meet up with the band. Did he have to audition? What bands was Steve in that led up to joining Kansas.
Steve: I did audition for the Kansas position, but not as a singer. The band I left to be in Kansas was named "Black Watch" .
Mark Milo: Hello Steve, I think one of the best songs you ever did was "Rainmaker", from "In the Spirit of Things". You really gave it your all. I am aware of the flood that happened in Kansas in Kansas that inspired the song, but my question is, where did the story about the "Rainmaker" come from? Thanks.
Steve: I saw an old Burt Lancaster movie called "Elmer Gantry" about a crooked preacher. And I made up the rest. I feel really good about that whole cd. In fact I think it's one of our best.
Pat Oconnell: how did steve and phil e. get paired with steve hackett for please don't touch. some great work that went virtually unnoticed. as far as i can tell that was his first guest appearance of any kind with another artist on record. did that experience make it more appealing to work now as a guest with more artists. did it also give him the idea that he could do his own solo work without possibly disturbing the mission of the band?
Steve: Strange things happen to a person who gets famous. They become a marketing tool, and the pairing has to be favorable to both, so as not to be perceived as a piggy-back ride for one. One of the strangest pairings in recent memory was Eminem and Elton John. I purposely missed hearing it.
Ken & Lois Bayard: I'm a big fan of yours and even though I know you've probably been confronted with this question more times than you can remember, I simply have to ask: Is there any chance of seeing a Walsh/Livgren track on some future album? It would be interesting to hear whether or not thematically Christian.
Steve: Kerry was one of the greatest writers in rock. I hope he keeps interpreting. I would love to work with him on something.
Mike Ostrom: Glossolalia is an outstanding CD, I bought it when it just came out and I still enjoy it. I also really enjoy Somewhere To Elswhere but I wish there were a few S W penned songs on there. So my question is: Will the songs you are creating {I'm sure you have some good stuff up your sleeve} for future release be on the next Kansas CD or will there be a follow up to Glos. ? Thanks .
Steve: That's a decision that will have to be made in the future. When I write, I do so with no intentions of placement in mind.
Evgeni Raikov: Dear Steve, My name is Evgeni Raikov. I'm a young man from Bulgaria and a big fan of your music. I just wanted to ask you: Why Kansas has so many live shows in USA lately and no shows in Europe - somewhere or elsewhere? You have lots of fans here. Why you are such "us-live-maniacs"? Wish you all the best and don't forget to give my regards to Billy and Kathy! Thank you very much.
Steve: Evgeni, whenever we get offers to play Europe, we jump at the chance. We regret not coming there more often in our early days, but that was not our decision. Management told us that we could make more immediately in America. Consequently, we did very little in the way of international tours. But I will tell you this. Europe, and in particular Germany has a tax in place now that affects every artist who is not of European citizenry, and it is profound. It takes about 30% off the top of the artist's pay. So, in order to pay for our expenses, and our crew and get all of our belongings over to Europe and still feed our families(after all, we must still provide), we run into promoters who can not possibly afford us. And this makes us very sad. We know you are there, and we would love to come back over. thanks for your support