Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Kerry Livgren Keying In On Proto-Kaw

LAWRENCE, Kan. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Former Kansas leader Kerry Livgren is at a new point of no return with his new project, Proto-Kaw.

The group just released its second CD, The Wait Of Glory, and Livgren says the band’s energy and spirit reminds him of the early days of Kansas before hits like “Dust In The Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son” put “corporate pressure” on the group to create hit after hit.

Livgren says Proto-Kaw – which features his nephew, Jake – has more “open space” than his previous band and he figures, “we could easily share the stage with any jam band.”

Granted, Livgren’s new group isn’t playing the stadiums yet, but he doesn’t mind because he believes the journey is more important than the destination.

Still, he admits it’s a funny feeling when the band is on the way to a gig and passes a place like Madison Square Garden and he says, “I once played a sold-out show there.”

Livgren is planning to tour with Proto-Kaw later this year but he isn’t leaving Kansas in the dust. Although he’s not a regular member, he occasionally does guest appearances when they’re playing somewhere in the midwest.

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