Steve Walsh (musician)
Steve Walsh is an American musician and songwriter best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock band Kansas. He retired from the band in 2014 He sings lead on four of Kansas' best-known hits: "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind", "Point of Know Return", "All I Wanted", the last two of which he co-wrote. Walsh was in a number of local groups prior to his joining Kansas, most notably the group White Clover that became Kansas. White Clover toured relentlessly and sharpened their brand of distinctively American, hard-rocking progressive music. Kansas and White Clover merged and the group was signed to Don Kirshner's label; the newly-merged bands decided to go with the name Kansas. Walsh is the only original member of the band to not be from the state of Kansas. During Walsh's time with the band, Kansas recorded two enormously successful albums, 1976's Leftoverture and 1977's Point of Know Return. With Kansas, Walsh has released 12 studio albums, six live albums, numerous singles.
He has released three solo albums thus far. In 1978 he was invited, as well as Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, to play on Steve Hackett's second solo album, Please Don't Touch, he sang on two of the LP's songs and Racing in A. Hackett released Narnia as a single, but not before Walsh's management insisted that Hackett re-cut the track with another vocalist so as not to confuse Kansas fans into believing the track was a new Kansas release. So due to the popularity of Kansas at that moment in time, John Perry, a unknown singer, re-cut the Narnia vocal for the single release both abroad and domestically. Walsh left Kansas after 1980's Audio-Visions due to creative differences with the band's primary songwriter Kerry Livgren. Earlier in 1980, he released his first solo album, Schemer-Dreamer, which included bandmates Livgren, Rich Williams and Phil Ehart, as well as guitarist Steve Morse, it contains the popular song "Every Step of the Way". In 1982 he formed a rock band called Streets, which released the albums 1st in 1983 and Crimes in Mind in 1985 before disbanding.
As a guest vocalist, Walsh has appeared on numerous other artists' recordings. Kansas reformed in 1985 with Walsh back on board, he remained with the band until his retirement in 2014. Walsh released his second solo album, entitled Glossolalia, in 2000. In 2003 he joined forces with Daniele Liverani to form the band Khymera. Walsh sang lead vocals on their first self-titled album. Adding to this album were Billy Greer and former Streets bandmate Mike Slamer, his third solo album, Shadowman followed in 2005, with the collaboration of such musicians as Joe Franco on drums, Joel Kosche on guitars and bass, David Ragsdale on the re-issued version of the album's bonus tracks. On June 30, 2014, Walsh announced. In 2015 Walsh contributed vocals to the latest Radioactive album entitled F4UR, released on April 7, he sings lead on the song "The Piper". In 2017 Walsh released a collaborative "solo" album on the Escape Music label entitled Black Butterfly, its release date was November 10. This release was a collaboration between Tommy Denander.
Walsh was born June 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri, he grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, he is a 1969 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He now lives in Georgia, he is divorced and has a son named Bleu, born in 1980, a daughter named Olivia, born in 1999 and another son, born in 2006. Solo Schemer-Dreamer Glossolalia Shadowman Dark Day & Faule Dr Roane Black ButterflyStreets 1st Crimes in Mind King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Streets or Live-ShakedownContributions Steve Hackett – Please Don't Touch Kerry Livgren – Seeds of Change Paul Barrére – On My Own Two Feet Blonz – Blonz Jeff Watson – Around the Sun Vince DiCola – In-Vince-ible! Christmas Collection with Father Rodgers – Remember the One Seventh Key – Seventh Key Trent Gardner – Leonardo - The Absolut Man The December People – Sounds Like Christmas Explorers Club – Raising the Mammoth Daniele Liverani – Genius - A Rock Opera Saint James Parish – Come Home for Christmas Khymera – Khymera Moonstone Project - Time to Take a Stand Joel Kosche – Fight Years Roswell Six – Terra Incognita: A Line in the Sand Radioactive - F4URKansas Studio Albums Kansas Song for America Masque Leftoverture Point of Know Return Monolith Audio-Visions Power In the Spirit of Things Freaks of Nature Always Never the Same Somewhere to ElsewhereLive Albums Two for the Show Live at the Whisky King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas Device, Drum There's Know Place Like Home Compilations The Best of Kansas Carry On The Kansas Boxed Set The Best of Kansas Definitive Collection The Ultimate Kansas Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection Works in Progress Official website for Kansas http://www.stevewalshrocks.com https://web.archive.org/web/20121015045904/http://www.melodicrock.com/showcase/stevewalsh-shadowman.html https://web.archive.org/web/20080915184047/http://www.progrockrecords.com/press/view.php?id=95
Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. He is known for playing alongside Jason Becker in Cacophony until 1989, as well as his 13 solo albums and tours. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has appeared on over 700 Japanese television programs such as Rock Fujiyama, Hebimeta-san, Kouhaku uta gassen and Jukebox English, he has released albums with several record labels, including Avex Trax, Universal, EMI, Prosthetic and Shrapnel Records. At the age of 14, after attending a KISS concert, Friedman took up the guitar,and is self-taught, he rushed to form a band and started playing original songs, the reason being that originals are easier to play than covers. "Because," he says, "even if you screw up, you just claim that the song is written like that and no one can challenge you." The mother of one of Marty's friends ran an event center with a two-level stage, Marty and his friends used it as a rehearsal space.
Soon word spread about their band, since they were in a rural area, people would come from miles around to socialize and listen to music. "Rehearsals" quickly became live shows. Friedman formed and played lead guitar in several other bands, including Deuce and notably Cacophony. Cacophony featured neoclassical metal elements and synchronized twin guitar harmonies and counterpoints shared with guitarist Jason Becker, he played guitar on the 1987 album It Won't Be Long by Christian rock band Shout. In 1988, he recorded demos for Jet Red that were released as bonus tracks on the 2009 Jet Red release "Flight Plan". In August 1988, he released his first solo album; when Cacophony disbanded in 1989, Friedman auditioned for the thrash metal band Megadeth after a tip from his friend Bob Nalbandian, Friedman joined Megadeth in February 1990. Friedman's audition can be seen on the Megadeth DVD Arsenal of Megadeth; the first album he recorded with them was Rust in Peace, released on September 24, 1990. Rust in Peace was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1994 and was nominated for the Best Metal Performance Grammy at the 33rd Grammy Awards.
Friedman further developed his style of playing exotic scale solos from the Cacophony era, integrated it into the music of Megadeth. In July 1992, Megadeth released Countdown to Extinction, a more commercial album, aimed at a wider audience, sold double platinum. Friedman played on Megadeth's further releases Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, Risk. After a total of five studio albums with Megadeth, in December 1999 Friedman announced his departure from Megadeth, his last show with them was on January 14, 2000. Friedman stated that he got tired of "holding the flag" for traditional metal and felt that he could not evolve as a musician. In an interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com in March 2007, Friedman claimed that he wanted Megadeth to move towards a more aggressive sound and that he'd rather have been playing straight pop music than the pop-influenced metal Megadeth was playing at the time. During Friedman's time in the band, they sold over ten million albums worldwide. During his time in Megadeth, Friedman released three solo albums between 1992 and 1996, which featured Megadeth bandmate Nick Menza on drums.
Friedman appeared on the Tourniquet albums Where Moth and Rust Destroy and Antiseptic Bloodbath, Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick's solo album Onward to Freedom In 2009, Friedman collaborated with Ema Gelotte and Tinna Karlsdotter from "All Ends" as the lead guitarist for the song "With Me", featured in the game and the Black Knight. In 2010, Friedman launched a record label under Avex Group, called Gokukara Records. In February 2010, during C. J. Ramone's Japan tour, he made a guest appearance on guitar for "California Sun", a cover song released by The Ramones on their 1977 album, Leave Home. In 2011, Friedman collaborated with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z, providing guitar for their song "Mōretsu Uchū Kōkyōkyoku Dai 7 Gakushō "Mugen no Ai"", which would become a hit in 2012. In 2011, Friedman worked with Ayanocozey Show to make the song SAMURAI STRONG STYLE, theme of the Tokusatsu movie Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max The catchphrase for the movie is "In Winter 2011, Movie War Will Evolve".
Friedman and Ayanocozey had worked together when they joined the Japanese promotional super-group FANTA, releasing the 2010 single "Fantastic Love". Friedman stood for the "F" in FANTA, Ayanocozey stood for the first "A", the other members of the group made up the other letters. Friedman recorded with Daniel Tompkins of Tesseract in Tompkins' band Skyharbor's debut album, Blinding White Noise. At the end of 2012, a full album containing heavy metal covers of Momoiro Clover Z's songs was released by a band named "Metal Clone X". Although band members remained anonymous, Friedman was cited as label arranger. In 2013, Friedman released his first library of guitar loops on LoopArtists. Friedman recorded collections of clean-tone, high gain lead and rhythm guitar loops that are intended for use in a production and remix environment. Friedman has been doing concert tours for the Bravely Default original soundtrack in 2013 as well as the Budokan concert tours among others. In combination with these tours he has released his new album Inferno in 2014 which he is now touring across Europe going to places such as Norway, Poland and Germany.
In 2014 Friedman collaborated again with Momoiro Clover Z, providing the guitar track for
Terry John Bozzio is an American drummer best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He has been featured on nine solo or collaborative albums, 26 albums with Zappa, seven albums with Missing Persons, he has been a prolific sideman, playing on numerous releases by other artists since the mid-1970s. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1997, his son and stepdaughter are drummers. Terry Bozzio was born on December 1950, in San Francisco, California, he started at age 6 playing makeshift drum sets. At the age of 13 he saw the Beatles' premier performance on The Ed Sullivan Show and begged his father for drum lessons. In 1968, Bozzio graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, where he received a music scholarship award, went on to the College of Marin. During this time he studied concurrently with Chuck Brown on the drum set and Lloyd Davis and Roland Kohloff on a percussion and timpani scholarship, he played Bartok-Dahl-Cowell & Baroque chamber ensembles with the Marin and Napa County Symphonies.
In 1972 Bozzio played in the rock musicals Walking in my Time. He began playing in local jazz groups with Mike Nock, Art Lande, Eddie Henderson, Woody Shaw, Julian Priester, Eric Gravatt, Billy Higgins, Andy Narell and Mel Martin, he became a regular in the Monday Night Jim Dukey Big Band at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa beginning in 1975, appeared as a vocalist, on a number of Zappa's most successful albums, including Zoot Allures, Zappa in New York, Sheik Yerbouti and Thing-Fish, in the concert movie Baby Snakes. In 1977 he joined The Brecker Brothers with longtime San Francisco friend and guitarist Barry Finnerty. With The Brecker Brothers, Bozzio recorded the live album Heavy Metal Be-Bop. Shortly after, he was dismissed by Zappa and joined Group 87 with Mark Isham, Peter Maunu, Patrick O'Hearn and Peter Wolf; the group auditioned for and was signed to a record deal with CBS but Bozzio declined membership and auditioned unsuccessfully for Thin Lizzy.
After Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth departed from the band UK in late 1978, Bozzio joined Eddie Jobson and John Wetton to continue UK as a trio. The trio recorded Danger Money and a live album Night After Night and toured the U. S. and Canada twice, in Europe and Japan. After UK disbanded in early 1980, Bozzio, ex-Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and then-wife and vocalist Dale Bozzio founded the band Missing Persons. Missing Persons released the albums Spring Session M, Rhyme & Reason, Color in Your Life. Missing Persons toured the U. S. & Europe and appeared on TV and radio. After the Missing Persons breakup in 1986, Bozzio joined ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor's solo band, he played on sessions with Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, Richard Marx. During this time Bozzio began touring as a clinician/solo drummer and recorded Solo Drums, his first instructional video for Warner Brothers, he joined Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck for the video "Throwaway", teamed up with Beck and keyboardist Tony Hymas to co-write/produce and perform on the Grammy Award-winning album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop. promoted on The Arsenio Hall Show, Jeff Beck's first-ever live appearance on American television.
In 1990–1995 Terry developed ostinato-based drum solo compositions and recorded his second instructional video Melodic Drumming and the Ostinato Volumes 1, 2, 3, as well as Solo Drum Music Volumes 1 & 2 on CD. He joined Tony Hymas, Tony Coe, Hugh Burns to form the band Lonely Bears and record The Lonely Bears and The Bears are Running, while living in Paris, France, he formed the band Polytown with David Torn and Mick Karn. In 1993 Terry joined T. M. Devin Townsend on Steve Vai's Sex & Religion album. From 1995 to 2002 Bozzio did tours of the US, Canada & Europe as a solo drum artist as well as recording two solo CDs: Drawing the Circle and Chamberworks, he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1997. With bassist and Chapman Stick player Tony Levin and guitarist Steve Stevens, he formed the group Bozzio Levin Stevens, which released two albums: Black Light Syndrome in 1997, Situation Dangerous in 2000. In 2001, he teamed up with Chad Wackerman to produce Alternative Duets CDs. Bozzio won the Clinician of the Year award twice as well as Drum Magazine's Drummer of the Year and Best Clinician.
Internationally, he received Player Magazine's Best Drummer Award. Bozzio was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in Hollywood on January 17, 2007, he worked with the nu metal band Korn on their 8th studio album after the departure of their drummer David Silveria. He was scheduled to play on the road with the band during the Family Values Tour, but he left and was replaced by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and Ray Luzier. Solo Drum Music I Solo Drum Music II Drawing the Circle Chamber Works Solos & Duets Nine Short Films Chamber Works Prime Cuts Four from Ten Twenty Nine Seven Nights in Japan Melodic Drumming & the Ostinato v.1. 2. 3. DVD' Terry Bozzio Live Performance & Seminar 2 Disc DVD Terry Bozzio Live in Japan 2007 菩慈音 Musical Solo Drumming DVD English w/ Japanese subtitl
Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood, with no remaining founding members. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers. Yes began in 1968, performing original songs and rearranged covers of rock, pop and jazz songs, as evident on their first two albums. A change of direction in 1970 led to a series of successful progressive rock albums until their disbanding in 1981, their most successful being The Yes Album and Close to the Edge. Yes toured as a major rock act that earned the band a reputation for their elaborate stage sets, light displays, album covers designed by Roger Dean.
The success of "Roundabout", the single from Fragile, cemented their popularity across the decade and beyond. In 1983, Yes reformed with a new line-up that included Trevor Rabin and a more commercial and pop-oriented musical direction; the result was 90125, their highest-selling album, which contained the U. S. number-one single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart". From 1990 to 1992, Yes were an eight-member formation after they merged with Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe for Union and its tour. Since 1994, Yes have released albums with varied levels of success and completed tours from 1994 to 2004. After a four-year hiatus, they continue to release albums. In 2016, a new group of former Yes members began touring and named themselves Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. Yes are one of the most successful and longest-lasting progressive rock bands, they have sold 13.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US. In 1985, they won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with "Cinema", received five Grammy nominations between 1985 and 1992.
They were ranked No. 94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Yes have headlined annual progressive rock-themed cruises since 2013 named Cruise to the Edge, their discography spans 21 studio albums. In April 2017, Yes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which chose to bestow the honour upon current and former members Anderson, Bruford, Howe, Rick Wakeman and Rabin. In 1967, bassist Chris Squire formed the rock band Mabel Greer's Toyshop, with singer and guitarist Clive Bayley, drummer Bob Hagger, guitarist Peter Banks, they played at the Marquee Club in Soho, London where Jack Barrie, owner of the nearby La Chasse club, saw them perform. "There was nothing outstanding about them", he recalled, "the musicianship was good but it was obvious they weren't going anywhere". Barrie introduced Squire to singer Jon Anderson, a worker at the bar in La Chasse, who found they shared interests in Simon & Garfunkel and harmony singing; that evening at Squire's house they wrote "Sweetness,", included on the first Yes album.
Meanwhile, Banks had left Mabel Greer's Toyshop to join Neat Change, but he was dismissed by this group on 7 April 1968. In June 1968, Hagger was replaced in the nascent Yes by Bill Bruford, who had placed an advertisement in Melody Maker, Banks was recalled by Squire, replacing Bayley as guitarist; the classically trained organist and pianist Tony Kaye, of Johnny Taylor's Star Combo and the Federals, became the keyboardist and the fifth member. The newborn band rehearsed in the basement of The Lucky Horseshoe cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue between 10 June and 9 July 1968. Anderson suggested. Squire suggested. Banks responded "yes", and, how the band were named; the first gig under the new brand followed at a youth camp in East Mersea, Essex on 4 August 1968. Early sets were formed of cover songs from artists such as the Beatles, the 5th Dimension and Traffic. On 16 September, Yes performed at Blaise's club in London as a substitute for Sly and the Family Stone, who failed to turn up, they were well received by the audience, including the host Roy Flynn, who became the band's manager that night.
That month, Bruford decided to quit performing to study at the University of Leeds. His replacement, Tony O'Reilly of the Koobas, struggled to perform with the rest of the group on-stage. After Bruford was refused a year's sabbatical leave from Leeds and Squire convinced him to return for Yes's supporting slot for Cream's farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 November. After seeing an early King Crimson gig in 1969, Yes realised that there was stiff competition on the London gigging circuit, they needed to be much more technically proficient, starting regular rehearsals, they subsequently signed a deal with Atlantic Records, that August, released their debut album Yes. Compiled of original material, the record includes renditions of "Every Little Thing" by the Beatles and "I See You" by the Byrds. Although the album failed to break into the UK album charts, Rolling Stone critic Lester Bangs complimented the album's "sense of style and subtlety". Melody Maker columnist Tony Wilson chose Yes and Led Zeppelin as the two bands "most to succeed".
Following a tour of Scandinavia with the Small Faces, Yes performed a solo concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 21 March 1970. The second half consisted of excerpts from their second album Time and a Word, accompanied by a 20-piece youth orchestra. Banks left the group in May, two months before the a
Royal Hunt is a progressive metal band based in Denmark. Royal Hunt was founded in 1989 by keyboardist Andre Andersen. Royal Hunt is known for creating melodic music with a symphonic flair, they experienced success during the mid-90s with vocalist D. C. Cooper on their classic albums Moving Target and Paradox in Japan and Europe. In Japan, the band are famous for their song Martial Arts, used as entrance music for professional wrestler Masahiro Chono Throughout their history the band has experienced several lineup changes. In 2007 they acquired singer Mark Boals. In 2011 after numerous requests from fans and promoters worldwide they decided to reunite with their former vocalist D. C. Cooper for a special tour, covering the first four albums of the band, they recorded a new album entitled Show Me How to Live featuring the returning D. C. Cooper as their permanent vocalist moving forward. Cooper provided vocals for the 2013 album, A Life to Die For, again provided vocals on Devil's Dozen. Royal Hunt have sold more than 1 million albums worldwide.
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John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he produced all Dream Theater albums from 1999's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings. He has been the sole producer of the band's albums released since Portnoy's departure in 2010. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour seven times, more than any other invited guitarist. Joel McIver's 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists ranks Petrucci second, after Dave Mustaine, he was named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine. In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader's poll. John Peter Petrucci was born on July 12, 1967, in Kings Park, New York, to an Italian American family, he picked up the guitar at the age of eight because his older sister was allowed to go to bed in order to practice the piano.
However, he decided to quit the guitar. He picked up the guitar again at the age of 12. Petrucci has said he committed to practicing guitar 6 hours a day when he discovered it was his passion, his early influences were bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, developed an interest in progressive rock and heavy metal, exemplified by Rush, Iron Maiden, Dixie Dregs and Metallica. His childhood friend and future Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore invited Petrucci to join his cover band. Petrucci attended Berklee College of Music in Boston with childhood friend John Myung, where they met future bandmate Mike Portnoy. While in Berklee they covered two of their biggest influences, Iron Maiden and Rush; these three, in addition to Kevin Moore, formed the band Majesty. Because there was another band with the same name, the group became Dream Theater. While Petrucci is most associated with Dream Theater, he is in the project band Liquid Tension Experiment, has appeared as a guest on records by other artists, such as the Age of Impact album by the Explorer's Club.
Petrucci has released a guitar instructional video, Rock Discipline, which covers warm-up exercises, exercises to avoid injury while playing, alternate picking, sweep picking and other techniques for developing one's guitar playing. Petrucci has a book named "Guitar World presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom", compiled from columns he wrote for Guitar World magazine under that title. In 2001, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai invited Petrucci to tour with them on the popular G3 guitar tour, which exposed him to a massive number of new fans and inspired a solo album; the album, Suspended Animation, was released on March 1, 2005, was available for order from his web site. Petrucci appeared on the 2005 and 2006 G3 tours, in 2007, went on G3 tour again, this time with Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani. In a recent video with Larry DiMarzio, Petrucci announced that he is working on a follow up to his 2004 album, Suspended Animation and a new Dream Theater album. Petrucci wrote and recorded two instrumental soundtrack songs for a Sega Saturn game titled Digital Pinball: Necronomicon.
Each track is two minutes long, are named Prologue and Epilogue. In a spoof rock band, Nightmare Cinema, he used the "alternate stage name" Johnny James. In 2012, Petrucci was invited once again to join Joe Satriani on the G3 tour, along with Steve Morse, he was accompanied by drummer and Dream Theater bandmate Mike Mangini. Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess revealed in an interview that Petrucci is a practicing Catholic, he lives in St. James, New York, with his wife Rena Sands, a guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak, they have three children—twins Samantha and Renato, Kiara, he is the uncle of a guitarist in the progressive metal band Periphery. He is an avid fan of bodybuilding and dedicates much of his off time to weight training, he is a voting member of NARAS. In 2018, Petrucci joined Joe Satriani on the G3 tour, they were accompanied by Uli Jon Roth on the European leg of the tour, Phil Collen in North America. Petrucci is respected for his variety of guitar skills. One of the most notable of these is his high-speed alternate picking which, as he himself claims, requires a "strong sense of synchronization between the two hands."
John is notable for frequent use of the seven-string electric guitar, which he says he uses as a writing tool, taking advantage of the extended range for heavier riffing and to play extended range runs as part of a solo. Moreover, Petrucci combines his metal shredding technique with a slower, emotive soloing style, his influences as a guitarist include Jimmy Page, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, Steve Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, Yngwie Malmsteen and David Gilmour. Petrucci is Dream Theater's most prolific lyricist, with each album including at least three songs featuring his lyrics; some of Petrucci's notable songs include "Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", "The Spirit Carries On", "The Great Debate", "In the Presence of Enemies", "Through Her Eyes". Petrucci has used real-life experiences for lyrical inspiration, as heard in songs such as "The Count of Tuscany", "A Nightmare to Remember" and "Endless Sacrifice".
Petrucci has acted. He is a baritone, he has wri
Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s on album-oriented rock charts and with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". The band has produced nine gold albums, three multi-platinum albums, one other platinum studio album, one platinum live double album, a million-selling single, "Dust in the Wind". Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America and Japan. "Carry On Wayward Son" was the second-most-played track on US classic rock radio in 1995 and No. 1 in 1997. In 1969 Don Montre and Kerry Livgren were performing in a band called the Reasons Why in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas. After leaving to form the band Saratoga with Lynn Meredith and Dan Wright, they started playing Livgren's original material, with Scott Kessler playing bass and Zeke Lowe coming in on drums. In 1970 they changed the band's name to Kansas and merged with members of rival Topeka progressive rock group White Clover.
White Clover members Dave Hope and Phil Ehart joined with Livgren, vocalists Meredith and Greg Allen, keyboardists Montre and Wright and saxophonist Larry Baker. This early Kansas group, which lasted until early 1971 when Ehart and some of the others left to re-form White Clover, is sometimes referred to as Kansas I. Ehart was replaced by Zeke Lowe and Brad Schulz, Hope was replaced by Rod Mikinski on bass and Baker was replaced by John Bolton on saxophone and flute. In 1972, after Ehart returned from England, he and Hope once again re-formed White Clover with Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh and Rich Williams. In early 1973 they recruited Livgren from the second Kansas group, which folded, they received a recording contract with Don Kirshner's eponymous label, after Kirshner's assistant, Wally Gold, heard one of their demo tapes and came out to check out the band at one of their local gigs in March 1973 in Ellinwood, Kansas. After signing with Kirshner, the group decided to return to using the name "Kansas".
Their self-titled debut album, produced by Gold, was released in March 1974, nearly a year after it was recorded in New York. It defined the band's signature sound, a mix of American-style boogie rock and complex, symphonic arrangements with changing time signatures. Steinhardt's violin was a distinctive element of the group's sound, being defined more by heartland rock than the jazz and classical influences which most progressive rock violinists followed; the band developed a cult following due to promotion by Kirshner and extensive touring for the debut album and its two follow-ups, Song for America and Masque. Song for America was co-produced by Wally Gold and their former White Clover bandmate Jeff Glixman, who would go on to produce all of their albums from Masque to Two for the Show on his own, returning to the helm for 1995's Freaks of Nature. Both Masque and their next release, were recorded at a studio in the middle of the Louisiana Bayou named Studio in the Country. Kansas released its fourth album, Leftoverture, in October 1976, which produced a hit single, "Carry On Wayward Son", in 1977.
The follow-up, Point of Know Return, recorded at Studio in the Country and Woodland Sound in Nashville and released in October 1977, featured the title track and "Dust in the Wind", both hit singles. Leftoverture was a breakthrough for the band, hitting No. 5 on Billboard's pop album chart. Point of Know Return peaked higher, at No. 4. Both albums sold over four million copies in the U. S. Both "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" were certified gold singles, selling over one million units each. "Dust in the Wind" was certified gold as a digital download by the RIAA in 2005 30 years after selling one million copies as a single. Leftoverture was certified five-times platinum by the RIAA in 2001. During this period, Kansas became a major headlining act and sold out the largest venues available to rock bands at the time, including New York's Madison Square Garden; the band documented this era in 1978 with Two for the Show, a double live album of recordings from various performances from its 1977 and 1978 tours.
The band gained a solid reputation for faithful live reproduction of their studio recordings. In March 1978 Kansas was brought over to tour Europe for the first time and on that same year, they were named UNICEF Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill; the follow-up studio album to Point of Know Return was Monolith, self-produced. The album generated a Top 40 single in "People of the South Wind", whose title refers to the meaning of the'Kanza' Native American people, after whom the state and the band are named; the album failed to garner the sales and radio airplay of its two predecessors. The album went platinum. Livgren's platinum award for the album is on display at the Kansas History Museum; the band toured the US for Monolith during the summer and fall of 1979 went over to tour Japan for the first time in January 1980. Kansas' band members began to drift apart in the early 1980s. During the tour supporting Monolith, Livgren became a born-again Christian, this was reflected in his lyrics on the next three albums, beginning with Audio-Visions.
"Hold On", a Top 40 single from that album, displayed his new-found