It was a hot, humid night at Daily’s Place Amphitheater Thursday night, but it was over four hours of the best classic rock in years as Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder took the stage for their United We Rock Tour.
The evening started with Don Felder (of Eagle’s fame) opening with Already Gone. I was amazed at how well Don Felder and his band sounded, with great vocals, particularly the harmonies on Seven Bridges Road, and fantastic guitar work, especially on The Long Run with Tommy Shaw joining the band and playing along. The highlight of the set was the closing number Hotel California, with a superb guitar duel between Don Felder and Dave Amato of Styx, that was the perfect ending to an absolutely great set.
REO Speedwagon opened with Don’t Let Him Go and the crowd was immediately rocking along. My personal favorite of the set was the still relevant Time For Me To Fly, followed by the hard rocking, hard hitting Riding The Storm Out and of course the eternally favorite Keep On Loving You.
Styx took the stage to a packed house of fans ready to rock the night away. Opening with Gone, Gone. Gone Styx had the audience rocking and begging for more, more, more. The band responded with hit after hit after hit such as Lady, Crystal Ball, Too Much Time On My Hands, and Come Sail Away. Tommy Shaw showed off his awesome guitar skills and agility (did he really jump that high at age 63); James Young played some amazing guitar riffs; Lawrence Gowan did a solo slot showcasing his mad piano skills along with his incredible vocal range; drummer Todd Sucherman keep the beats rocking; Bassist Ricky Phillips thrilled with his bass guitar; and original bass player Chuck Panozzo joined the band for several songs. Styx just released their first album in fourteen years, The Mission, and treated us to Radio Silence, which based on the audience response will be a huge hit.
It was a night of fabulous ROCK. Thanks to all members of Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Don Felder for a wonderful night to remember.