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Singer Steve Walsh Leaving Kansas

Photo by Larry Marano/Getty ImagesKansas singer Steve Walsh is leaving the band.

"I know there's a lot of different versions out there on why I'm leaving," the singer said in a statement to on Friday, "so let me just say that it's time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that."

Kansas made the announcement via it's Facebook page on Wednesday, saying that Walsh informed the band of his intentions on Monday and would play his final show with the group August 16 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. "As Kansas continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years," the statement concluded.

Walsh joined the band in 1972 when it was still known as White Clover.  He left in 1981 and the band broke up in 1984 before re-forming with Walsh a year later.

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