After forming in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, while in high school, Styx steadily toured and expanded from a three-piece to a quintet during the 60s, signing with local record label Wooden Nickel Records in 1972, and releasing their self-titled debut that year. 1973’s Styx II and The Serpent Is Rising followed, as well as 1974’s Man of Miracles, further refining their output as they transitioned from straight-forward rock n roll into a more progressive rock, incorporating psychedelic flourishes and experimental structuring, as well as hard rock guitars, powerful ballads and theatrical elements. They signed with A&M Records, releasing Equinox in 1975, and subsequently 1976’s Crystal Ball and 1977’s The Grand Illusion, their breakout album that sold over 3 million copies propelled by singles Come Sail Away and Fooling Yourself. In 1981, Styx released Paradise Theatre, a concept album chronicling the fictional rise and fall of the Chicago theatre, which became their fourth consecutive triple-platinum album, reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and spawned five singles, including top ten hits The Best of Times and Too Much Time on My Hands. Next was 1983’s full-fledged rock opera Kilroy Was Here, which featured synthesizer and vocoder-driven Mr. Roboto and the power ballad Don’t Let It End. Following a half-decade separation in the 80s and a brief break-up in the 90s, Styx’s 1996 tour Return to Paradise was a success, and since then have continued releasing albums and satisfying ticket holders at concerts around the world with the likes of Def Leppard, Foreigner and Boston.
But this night in St. Augustin at The Amp on June 16th, was all about the return of the band that has not played a show since 2019! But….This was not going to be just any show, The band can in to St. Augustine four days prior to the show to get things nail down, and knock the dust of the vocals and instruments, But from what I heard from the people that worked at the venue…It didn’t take them long to get the kinks out and bring everything together to put on one hell of a first show on the 2021 WORLD TOUR!!!
The show start off with The Fight of Our Lives, Which is kinda ironic after the last year and a half we have been going through and is off their new album, which his the airwave yesterday Crash of the Crown. It set the stage for a show to remember! This band has been tour for many decades and it shows. They put on one of the most energetic shows that get the fans up and dancing in their sets and the aisle from start to finish. The legendary rockers–James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals) have not missed a beat for sure, they played a mix of a few new songs their new album as well as the icon tunes that we all know and know the words to from start to finish if you are a true Styx fan, or even if you aren’t, you may know them as well just from them being so dam good. Let see if you know them and give them a spin, The Grand Illusion, If you don’t know this one…I don’t know where you have been the last 50 years, I even saw kids in the crowd singing these epic classics like “Blue Collar Man” and “Rockin The Paradise” from the fourth single release from Styx’s 1981 triple-platinum album “Paradise Theatre”. They end the first set of their over two hour show with “Sweet Madame Blue” release in 1975 and still has fans rocking to this amazing song.
The band took a small 20 minute break before starting their second set of the night, and the crowd was more then happy to jam out to some of the best rock ever created by the band that just makes hit after hit with music and lyrics that never get old to sing or listen to. One of the amazing things that I notice like I said before was the younger fans in the crowd, and im talking teenager, rocking out in their sets to air drumming to songs like “Gone Gone Gone”, “Crystal Ball” and “Foolin Yourself” which really got The Amp crowd was up and grooving and scream the song lyrics out loud and pumping their fist in the air with enjoyment! They ended their final set with the song that I feel is one of the their best and most popular rock ballads of all time “Come Sail Away” and is one of my favorite of the band…This song hit me hard this evening do to losing my mother early last 2020 and the beginning of the song just brought back some feeling that is didn’t know were there and had tears flowing down my face, but by the end I was smiling while looking to the heavens knowing my mom was there and listening to the song smiling back down at me. It was a great feeling to know that a song can hit you so hard emotionally. The guys were not done for the night as they took a exit for a few minutes to again enter the stage to a cheers and applause so loud it was ear shattering, as they entered into two encore songs that are not just the two of the bands most favorites to many fans, but two of their most EPIC songs ever created by a band. ” Mr. Roboto” and the piece of résistance “Renegade” to many cheers and people going crazy.
If this was the first of many show that STYX has on their tour, I can just imagine what the rest of the shows are going to sound like…I mean they nail ever song to a tee and never missed a beat. But we all know that with shows like these that the shows just get better and better as they move across the country and the band gels more and more. So if you get a chance I would high recommend to catch this show at one or hell even more then one of the remaining shows and more to be add!
Sat 6/19 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Sun 6/20 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheatre
Tue 6/22 Louisville, KY Waterfront Park
Thu 6/24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre
Fri 6/25 Bonner Springs, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
Sat 6/26 Camdenton, MO Ozarks Amphitheater
Sun 6/27 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri 9/24 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)
Sat 9/25 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)
Sun 9/26 Las Vegas, NV The Venetian Theatre (STYX only)
Sun 10/24 Helotes, TX John T. Moore’s (STYX only)