Kansas fans learned that Steve Walsh was leaving the group from a post on the band Facebook page. Our friends at Melodic Rock contacted Walsh seeking an account of why he decided it was time to end his long run with the mainstay Classic Rock band. He responded by writing, 'I know there's a lot of different versions out there on why I'm leaving so just let me say that it's time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that.' He also said he wishes the remaining members all the best and made a special point of thanking the crew members, who Walsh called, '...the best group of guys behind thescenes that I've ever worked with.' His 41 years as a member of Kansas come to a close August 16 after a concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa.