Έφυγε σε ηλικία 71 ετών ο Robby Steinhardt, βιολονίστας, τραγουδιστής και εκ των αρχικών μελών της μπάντας από τον καιρό που τα «συγκοινωνούντα δοχεία» WHITE CLOVER κ KANSAS προσπαθούσαν να βρουν τα πατήματά τους με συνεχείς εναλλαγές μελών. Τον τελευταίο καιρό δούλευε σε νέο υλικό που σκόπευε να κυκλοφορήσει στο τέλος του χρόνου (2021), ενώ παράλληλα είχε ξεκινήσει κ προετοιμασίες για tour. RIP
Robby Steinhardt, a founding member, violinist and vocalist for Kansas, has died at age 71 following a brief illness, according to a statement released by his family.
"Robert Eugene Steinhardt was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas," reads the statement. "His violin and vocals on 'Dust in the Wind,' 'Point of No Return' and 'Carry on Wayward Son' have etched Robby a solid place in rock history."
Steinhardt was originally a member of another Topeka-based progressive rock band called White Clover, which eventually morphed into the first Kansas lineup in 1973. That original group also included Steve Walsh, Rich Williams and Kerry Livgren, who were all on board for Kansas' 1974 self-titled debut album. In 1982, Steinhardt left the band and formed Steinhardt-Moon in Florida, before rejoining Kansas in 1997. After nearly another decade of touring and emcee duties, Steinhardt retired from the band in 2006 but didn't quit music altogether. At the time of his death, he was working on a solo record.
"Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback," his family's statement continued. "Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill."
Steinhardt had a heart attack in 2013 but had appeared to have recovered. "He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever," his family concluded. "A memorial will be announced in the future."
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The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.
Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.
What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.
We love him and will miss him always.
It is with an extremely heavy broken heart that I have to announce to the world, we have lost one of the most incredible people of our time….
Robby Steinhardt has passed away.
Our final journey started May 13 when Robby was admitted into the hospital with acute pancreatitis. Later that night he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support. Outlook was very grave as he wasn’t expected to live through the night.
Like the true fighter he is, he managed to spring back much to the amazement of his entire medical staff. Once again he cheated death and the road to recovery had begun.
65 days later, on the day he was to be released from medical care and move to the rehabilitation center to build his strength, his body had other plans. A fever set in, blood pressure became uncontrollable, the sepsis reared it's ugly head again.
The medical staff at Tampa General stabilized him, he greeted me with a smile, open arms and kisses.
His daughter Becky called. They had a beautiful, happy, conversation together.
6 minutes later as I held him to keep him warm, he died in my arms at 6:30pm Saturday July 17, 2021.
We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure. Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved.
I’ve always tried to share our lives with you but I ask you to please respect this heavy time of grief. I encourage you to share your stories and pictures of Robby on his page.
My only regret is that I can’t share them with him to show him how much he is loved.
Hug your loved ones, be happy, stay safe and be well.