Classic Rock Band Kansas Auctions Custom Leftoverture 40th Annniversary Guitar for Autism Free Brain
Carry on our wayward son there'll peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more.
As I woman of a "certain age," classic rock band Kansas was a big part of my musical upbringing. I was delighted to hear from Eben Plettner that Kansas is auctioning off a guitar to benefit Autism Free Brain.
From CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED:
In conjunction with the album’s 40th Anniversary, Paul Reed Smith commissioned and donated a one of a kind Commemorative Leftoverture SE Custom 24 guitar. The Commemorative Leftoverture SE Custom 24 is a quality guitar that is decorated by the classic ‘Leftoverture’ album artwork.
The guitar, which will be auctioned off to raise money for autism research, will be played on stage by KANSAS guitarist Richard Williams during select KANSAS concert dates in 2016.
The auction will begin on April 1 and end on April 30. Bidding will start at $1,000, and bids can be placed here: Kansas Leftoverture Guitar Auction
For More Information on the Auction Contact Paul Schmutzler at [email protected].
Growing up in Topeka, Kansas in the 1970s makes me an automatic fan of the band Kansas. Having my grandparents, Max and Margaret Baker, live next door to Orville and Ida Williams, and their son Richard, makes me a bigger Kansas fan. Loving their music, getting to know the guys, and ranking this band among my Top 5 favorites of all-time flat-out makes me a Kansas Rock Nerd. While not an official Wheathead, I would like to think I have the heart and soul of one. This band, and this music, has influenced my life in many ways… mostly positive!
When I received an email from fellow Kansas fan Paul Schmutzler telling me he was going to auction off a Paul Reed Smith Guitar with the cover of the iconic Kansas album Leftoverture on the face of it, then give all of the money raised to charity (in this case Autism Free Brain www.autismfreebrain.org), I wanted to learn more.
We are also approaching the 40th anniversary of the release of Leftoverture in October. These two events made me think I should shoot a text to Kansas guitarist Rich Williams and see if I could get a few more details… and it is was great excuse to do an interview with him discussing that classic album. The timing of our conversation happened to be only a day or two after Richard had fallen off stage while performing and broken his ankle. Despite pervasive social media, and a Kansas music addiction, I had not heard about this occurrence. So… we begin the interview with all of the gory details of this stage-dive-gone-wrong.
Before jumping into the interview, however, here is some information on the guitar that is being auctions off for Autism Free Brain (www.autismfreebrain.org):