KANSAS’s Original Drummer PHIL EHART Will Take Time Away From Touring To Recover From Major Heart Attack

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Kansas original drummer, Phil Ehart, is taking a leave of absence from touring with the band he founded more than 50 years ago, while he recovers from a major heart attack, according to a post published on the band’s social media today. Eric Holmquist, who has been Ehart‘s drum tech for more than two decades, will fill in for him on a permanent basis.

Kansas original drummer and band manager, Phil Ehart, is taking time away from touring as drummer for Kansas while he recovers after recently surviving a major heart attack. There is no timetable for his return to the road. While not on the road, Phil is remaining in a prominent role with Kansas during his recovery, serving as band manager, as he has done for 40 years.”

Eric Holmquist will be on drums for Kansas starting with the March 1, 2024, concert in Richmond, VA. Holmquist filled in for Ehart on drums when Phil was ill in 2016, during Phil’s arm rehabilitation in 2022-2023, and has been performing the first half of shows during the Kansas 50th Anniversary Tour. Previously, Eric was Phil’s drum tech and protegé for more than 20 years.”

Kansas 50th Anniversary Tour – Another Fork in The Road continues March 1, 2024, in Richmond, VA. A complete list of tour dates can be found at THIS LOCATION. The band carries on, adding more tour dates in 2024 and beyond.

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