Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO
May 10th 2013
Styx as a band has been around for more than forty years in one form or another. With more than a dozen albums and record sales in the tens of millions, Styx was considered one of the biggest bands of the 70's and 80's. With the 90's, came the Grunge era of music which helped to slow the bands momentum and ultimately forced the band into a 5 year hiatus. Since the later 90's to the present day Styx has become one of those bands that are known for their extensive touring and great live performances.
The band tours with an impressive stage set complete with a massive Jumbotron LED screen, wide array of colorful lighting and lots of flashy chrome risers. The drum set that Todd Sucherman beats on night after night is one of the most colorful and visually appealing sets that I have seen. Lawrence Gowan even plays a keyboard that sits on a pivot so he can spin it around so the crowd can see the keys. Every detail in a Styx show had been designed to be a visually stimulating experience that I very much enjoyed.
With chart topping hits like "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Lady", "Come Sail Away", and "Renegade" just to name a few, Styx has a large arsenal of music to play live. Right out of the gate Tommy Shaw jumped right into "Blue Collar Man" and sounded great, the crowd loved it! With James "JY" Young on the lead and rhythm guitar as well as Ricky Phillips on the bass, Styx sounded on top of their game. I also thought that everyone's vocals and harmonizing were in top form as well. Overall, seeing Styx was a good experience and I do have to say that ending the show without singing "Mr. Roboto" was ending the show on a positive note!
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