Chris Loomis

Styx @ City National Grove of Anaheim – 1/25/012

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The touring machine known as Styx played The City National Grove in Anaheim Wednesday night January 25 to deliver the 2012 version of their stunning live show. Yes they are missing a few key faces from the original band but that does not take away from the ability to deliver an amazing performance that will make you feel like you are back in the 80’s. The current lineup of Styx includes guitarists Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young, Keyboardist Lawrence Gowan (all three of which share lead vocal duties), bass player Ricky Phillips and drummer Todd Sucherman.

The show opened with the mid-tempo rocker Blue Collar Man and the band took the audience through their 30 plus year career with a great mixture of rockers and power ballads. All five members of Styx are great performers and each full of energy moving all over the stage. Tommy Shaw is without a doubt the standout in this band, he is a top notch guitarist and has the ability to connect directly with the audience all while obviously having fun. Gowan is also quite an entertainer on keyboards, often playing behind his back and climbing all around his keyboard stand. Yes Styx is considered a classic band and they are getting older but still have the energy and ability to please their fans year after year and night after night.

The night closed just as it began with another classic mid-temp rocker Renegade. The current tour takes the band through the beginning of March but no doubt they will make their way around the US again this summer being the touring machine they are. The 2012 version of Styx is a live show you will enjoy and leave wanting to see them again – catch Styx if you can as you will not be disappointed.


Blue Collar Man / The Grand Illusion / Too Much Time on My Hands / Lady / Lorelei / Man in the Wilderness / I’m OK / Crystal Ball / Suite Madam Blue / Boat on the River / Pieces of Eight / Fooling Yourself / Miss America / Come Sail Away / Rockin the Paradise / Renegade

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