Kansas have enjoyed hit singles, million-selling albums and packed the biggest arenas. But bassist Billy Greer says their proudest moment came from playing with the USO.
He tells Hagerstown, Maryland's Herald-Mail the connection came via their drummer. "Phil Ehart was a military brat. As his father’s career progressed, he lived all over the place. Phil saw the USO as it was, the kind of entertainment that was Bob Hope and stuff like that. He thought it would be nice to do a tour with a rock and roll band."
On their tours with the USO, Kansas have "played at bases and on ships. These kids that we played for, it was awesome to have them thank the band after we were done. Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers and Pablo Cruise would play with us. Stephen Stills was on one of the tours with us. It was probably one of the most rewarding gigs I’ve ever played."