I will be the first one to admit I am not the biggest Styx fan, but I did grow up listening to their great tunes on the radio for 30 years. I have never seen them in concert other than Tommy Shaw and the Damn Yankees performing a couple of the Styx classics. I really wasn't sure what to expect from the band live, but they were incredible.
From the opening song "Blue Collar Man" I couldn't believe how well the band sounded. Tommy Shaw's voice sounded great and the band was tight. Each song is like a trip back in time. They take you back to where you first heard these tunes. Not only was the crowd having a great time, but you could see the band was enjoying themselves. Styx singer, Lawrence Gowan, pulled off every song as good or better than Dennis DeYoung. He was great. "Crystal Ball" and "Castle Walls" were a couple deep tracks the band broke out and the crowd loved it. I overheard a number of people say how those were their favorite songs and loved that Styx played them that night.
Todd Sucherman is on drums and damn can this guy play. Ricky Phillips on bass completes the rhythm section. It was quite a trip to see Chuck Panozzo come out and play a couple of classics as well. As the show came to a close I kept thinking to myself that the show was awesome. Tommy Shaw and James Young are great guitar players. No one thinks about those guys as players and maybe that's due to the music they play, but they tore it up.
Before the show I wouldn't have considered myself a Styx fan, but I can tell you the band won me over with their live show and I would definitely see these guys again.
Setlist (to the best of my memory)
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
The Grand Illusion
Too Much Time on My Hands
Man in the Wilderness
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Come Sail Away