Styx Was No Illusion at House of Blues

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Styx Orlando Concert Review

When classic rock bands hit the road, you never know what you are going to see. Is it going to be an incredible concert or a bunch of old has-beens trying to relive their youth and cash in one last paycheck?

Yesterday, Styx came into town and played at our local House of Blues (Orlando). My wife and another couple decided to attend this concert and hoped for the best.  From the moment they came on stage and opened with “The Grand Illusion,” we knew that this band still rocked.   Tommy Shaw, James Young, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan and Ricky Phillips gave us a performance that left nothing to the imagination.

These talented performers, played for 2 hours and looked liked they truly enjoyed being on stage.  Their music was sharp and fun. You know that these guys work hard on stage when my wife said, “Tommy has smaller jeans than I do”.  None of these members were washed-up overweight has-beens just standing still and playing. After their opening number, Styx followed up with a powerful combination of “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself” and their first hit, “Lady.”

With the absence of former vocalist Dennis DeYoung, Lawrence Gowan had the job of singing some of Styx’s key songs. Lets just say, he is not Dennis, but tried hard.  Some of the other hits that stood out were “Mademoiselle,” and “Suite Madame Blue” which both were outstanding.

The band was animated all night, and were constantly bouncing around the stage.  With Shaw changing guitars on every song, his rendition of “Crystal Ball,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself” were spot on.  His talent on the guitar and his voice are both strong.  Gowan’s keyboards rotated throughout the show and he put on quite a show spinning around his riser.  The stage was quite elaborate for the cozy venue with ramps behind the drum kit and copious lighting.

One of my friend Tammy’s personal favorites, “Come Sail Away” had the packed house singing and dancing.  After about 2 hours, Styx finished up with “Rocking The Paradise” and “Renegade.” It was a great, fun and entertaining concert but let’s just say that if  Tommy Shaw wasn’t there, then Styx would have been a Grand Illusion.

Luc
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Styx Live at House of Blues Orlando, photo by Luc Labreche

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