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A Concert Review

June 6, 1997

The Rosemont Horizon

Rosemont, IL

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
James Young
James Young
Well, low and behold, the tour went well, they recorded their last show in Chicago for a live greatest hits CD, ended up with a record deal, and supposedly hope to have a new studio CD out in '98. But enough of the history of Styx, most of you already knew that stuff. What about the show? Let me start by saying I wasn't disappointed, but I did wish for something and it didn't come true. We'll get to that later.

Styx is out there right now on their "Grand Illusion" tour, which in all honesty sounds a lot like the new live CD they just released. I would say that you should save your money, buy the CD, and not see the show, but that's just not true because one thing about Styx is that through the years they have never been a band to just stand up on stage and sing. Combine a fantastic laser show with great lighting effects, Tommy Shaw working the stage for all that is worth, Chuck Panozzo being just such a
Chuck Panozzo
Chuck Panozzo
classic (I love how he just kind of hangs around on stage, and then, all of a sudden, you find him at the front, smiling at the crowd, flicking a pick or two in the front rows, and then drifting back into lurking mode), classic guitar poses, and lots of perky breasts (sorry for that blatant sexist comment, and maybe there were lots of perky guys too, but I wasn't looking at them), in any case, Styx is as much about a performance as it is about music.

From the new stuff like "On My Way" to "Dear John," and from the old stuff from "Crystal Ball" to "Lorelei," this show touched on just about anything Styx ever put out, except one - and maybe oddly enough, my personal favorite, Mr. Roboto. Yea, well, I always liked that album, but sadly my wishes didn't happen because I had to listen to all of the other Styx hits through the years. I guess there is just so much time in a concert, but dammit, "Haven't We Been Here Before" and "Don't Let it End" have always been two of my favoritist Styx songs of all times. Oh well.

Chuck and James
Chuck and James
The show was great, the band sounded great, and they looked like they were having so much fun and that directly reflected itself with the crowd. The set list is below, and it's pretty self-explanatory, and personally, maybe going against the other critics, I'm looking forward to a new studio album from the boys. This time maybe the record label won't consider a gold, or platinum, or multi-platinum record not good enough.

Styx puts on a great show, probably always has, and probably always will. It is hard to give them anything less than two thumbs, even though they skipped everything from Mr. Roboto, but, TWO THUMBS UP it is.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!


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