Welcome to the dramatic and slightly tainted world of Wilton Said... A world filled with eclectic textures, off kilter melodies, and brooding introspective lyrics. Permeated throughout are the retro sonic influences of Queen, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Marillion, A Perfect Circle, and David Bowie. A dramatic existence indeed.

"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com

"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

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Got back from a holiday trip to Fort Lauderdale seeing the American Progressive rock band Kansas.  You know the band, the ones who do “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on Wayward Son”.  Seeing as I’m from Toronto Canada and it’s December, this trip was great as it also meant warmth, sun, sea and swimming.  The band played Saturday night at a nice theater called the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  The show and tour was in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their album “Point of Know Return”.  

Of course spoilers below….  

The interesting thing is that currently, out of the seven members of the band, only two were present during the recording of this album which was from the 70’s.  But take my word for it, it doesn’t matter, each member of this band played with fire, passion and precision as if they wrote and recorded the parts themselves.  

The show was split into three main sections.  An acoustic set, electric set, and Point of Know Return set.  

The show opened up with a nice acoustic set starting with People of the South Wind.  A few songs in, Drummer Phil Ehart joined the band for a great closing of “Lonely Wind”.  

The 2nd set of songs were full on electric and prog with a wide range of material from the 70’s through to the current album.  The highlights for me were the opener of this 2nd set “Cold Grey Morning” from Freaks of Nature.  I was very surprised as it seemed that in the past, Kansas had shied away from doing material which wasn’t mainly from the 70’s, so it was great to hear this deep cut.  Other stand out performances were “Two Cents Worth”, “The Wall”, “Taking in the View” and “Miracles Out of Nowhere”.  

The 3rd set featured the whole “Point of Know Return” album in order.  It was great to hear my personal favorites such as “Paradox”, “The Spider” (whoever says Kansas isn’t prog needs to listen to this song), and “Sparks of the Tempest” with it’s funky rhythms.  The band left the stage but of course returned for the obligatory encore song (also featured in the show Supernatural) “Carry on Wayward Son”.  

Overall, a fantastic concert with fantastic musicianship, great sound and nice lights.  I urge any prog rock fan to see the show.  One of my top 5 of all time.  

Wilton  

Setlist below…  

Acoustic Set  
People of the South Wind 

Hope Once Again 

Hold On 

Refugee 

Lonely Wind  

Electric Set  
Cold Grey Morning 

Two Cents Worth 

Mysteries and Mayhem / Lamplight Symphony 

The Wall 

Song for America 

Wheels 

Summer 

Musicatto 

Taking in the View 

Miracles Out of Nowhere  

Point of Know Return Set  
Point of Know Return 

Paradox 

The Spider 

Portrait (He Knew) 

Closet Chronicles 

Lightning's Hand 

Dust in the Wind 

Sparks of the Tempest 

Nobody's Home 

Hopelessly Human 

Encore:  
Carry On Wayward Son

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"The music of Wilton Said is quite unique, both in terms of composition as well as performance. As I say it never goes where you expect it to and that’s really what we like about the prog genre, isn’t it?"
"The vocals hearken back to the heightened expressive style of David Bowie or Peter Hammill."
Jerry Lucky - jerrylucky.com

"Wilton Said has always, to my ears, has always thrown out the rule book on progressive rock and re-written it to suite their musical ideals."
"It's by far one of the better, dare I say slightly more original progressive pop-rock band to come cross my hands in a long while.”
“All songs are sung with a flare that still reminds me of a blend of Geoff Mann and Freddie Mercury.”
Ron Fuchs - Prognaut.com ane check here also.

“Wilton himself is a master at stage presence, presenting different aspects of the music like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The songs presented on 'The View' capture that same quality.”
“This is music that cries out to be listened to, to be seen in all its kaleidoscopic glory.”
"If Peter Gabriel and Fish are in your catalogue of prog, then add this one, and quickly. The music is powerful and evocative, the lyrics are startling in their clarity, the concepts challenging."
Doug LeBlanc - Canadian Progressive Music Society

"Sonically the band has forged a sound that focuses heavily on rock, with buzzing guitars, a punchy rhythm section, and Said’s dramatic, inflected vocals flitting in and out of the mix."
Bill Knispel – Bills Prog Log www.billsprogblog.blogspot.com

“Wilton Said... is a musician whose work should be welcomed for it’s fresh and unique sounds, something that’s appealing in a world where one-beat alternative rock bands and cash-cow boy bands seems to dominate the airwaves.”
Anthony Furey-etc...news

“Wilton Said has a captivating voice...Said has a way of letting his voice give a whole new perspective to the music being played”.
Nessim Halioua - Left Off The Dial

“Said purposefully steers clear of the unimaginative and mundane.”
Andrew Matte-Town Crier

“Wilton is a graduate of York University in musical composition, and he translates his knowledge and skills into the rock arena.”
Bill MacLean-Beach Metro News

“This is pretty interesting stuff. I can hear bits and pieces of artists like Queen, Roxy Music, and David Bowie but in no way are they derivative. They have infused a classic guitar sound from the 70's with a modern sensibility that sounds fresh and exciting.”
Jon Neudorf - Progressive Ears www.progressiveears.com

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