Midwestern prog-rock titans Kansas will be honored July 2 with the Epic/Legacy release of "The Ultimate Kansas," a double-disc collection compiling the group's greatest hits as well as rare tracks and

Midwestern prog-rock titans Kansas will be honored July 2 with the Epic/Legacy release of "The Ultimate Kansas," a double-disc collection compiling the group's greatest hits as well as rare tracks and band-selected favorites. The set will be accompanied by a 25th anniversary edition of the group's best-known album, "Point of Know Return," and a U.S. tour.

"The Ultimate Kansas" collects 26 songs from 10 of Kansas' albums. The band's 1974 self-titled Kirshner debut is represented, as are its 1976 breakthrough "Leftoverture," which hit No. 5 on The Billboard 200, the 1979 top-10 "Monolith," and each of the group's efforts up through 1983's "Drastic Measures."

"It's exciting for us to have these songs together in one collection," drummer Phil Ehart said in a statement about the new compilation. "'The Ultimate Kansas' has our hits, but hidden gems too." Among the hits included are the "Leftoverture" track "Carry on Wayward Son," which hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the No. 6 hit "Dust in the Wind."

After many breakups and personnel changes, a reformed lineup featuring group founders Ehart, vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh, and guitarist Richard Williams alongside violinist Robby Steinhardt and bassist Billy Greer has been together since 1998. That lineup will take to U.S. stages this summer for a tour in support of "The Ultimate Collection," filming a June 15 concert in Atlanta specifically for an upcoming DVD to be released this fall under the title "Device Voice Drum."

Here are Kansas' tour dates::

May 18: Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola SpringFest)
May 20: Wichita, Kan. (Kansas Coliseum)
May 23: Milwaukee (Potawatomi Casino)
May 24: Oklahoma City (Six Flags Frontier City)
May 25: St. Louis (venue TBA)
May 27: Manhattan, Kan. (Fort Riley)
May 31: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
June 1: Las Vegas (Junefest)
June 7: Augusta, Ga. (Fort Gordon)
June 15: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
June 28: Fort Worth, Texas (Billy Bob's)
June 29: Houston (Woodlands)
July 4: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
July 5: Westbury, N.Y. (Westbury Music Fair)
July 6: Gilford, N.H. (Meadowbrook Farm)
July 7: Wallingford, Conn. (venue TBA)
July 11: Lansing, Mich. (venue TBA)
July 12: McHenry, Ill. (McHenry County Fair)
July 18: Iron Mountain, Mich. (Pine Mountain Music Jam)
July 19: Minneapolis (venue TBA)
July 28: Chicago Ridge, Ill. (Chicago Ridge Music Festival)
July 31: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Mid-State Fair)
Aug. 3: Hankinson, N.D. (venue TBA)
Aug. 8: Dayton, Ohio (venue TBA)
Aug. 9: Pittsburgh (Three Rivers Regatta)
Aug. 10: Bethlehem, Pa. (Bethlehem Musikfest)
Aug. 11: Wilmington, Del. (venue TBA)
Aug. 16: Beulah, N.D. (Party In The Pasture)
Aug. 17: Peoria, Ill. (venue TBA)
Aug. 23: St. Louis (venue TBA)
Aug. 24: Huntsville, Ala. (venue TBA)
Sept. 1: Chilton, Wisc. (Calumet County Fair)
Sept. 2: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Sept. 14: Hot Springs, AR (Convention Center)
Sept. 19: Ashland, Ohio (Ashland County Fair)
Sept. 20: Denver (CityLights Pavilion)
Nov. 1: Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos Center)
Nov. 2: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)

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