Kaitlin Duffy

Styx @ LA County Fair – 9/8/2012

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FILE PHOTO: Styx performs at the City National Grove of Anaheim on January 25, 2012 (PHOTO: © Chris Loomis)

The ballads of Styx are notably epic, and hearing their arena rock sound live—not to mention, seeing the guys  on the stage at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona was as animated as you can imagine. It was recently the 40th anniversary of their 1972 debut self-titled album, and what better way to celebrate than a mini tour?

Southern California Styx fans of all ages gathered for an incredibly loud and awesome night at the fair, and the band did not disappoint, leaving us all wanting to go home and pop in Crystal Ball into our record players to try and relive the whole experience again. There was also an incredible amount of Styx apparel and memorabilia spotted, including original tour shirts from the 80s and even a necklace that had “Oh Mama” embroidered on it (now that’s dedication!).

The group opened with a perfect start to the night, jamming out “Blue Collar Man” (I don’t think anyone could have asked for a better first song.) They continued with a lively set of popular hits such as “Lady ’95,” “Man in the Wilderness,” and of course, one of their most noted ballads, “Come Sail Away.” As it turns out, the breakdowns sound a million times better live through giant amplifiers than any old sound system.

I really had been hoping to hear “Renegade” all night, and just as I thought the group had finished their first encore song, “Rockin’ the Paradise,” when suddenly you heard, “Oh mama I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law…” And well, you can picture the rest: the crowd went wild, and everyone enjoyed the last few minutes of the gloriousness that was Styx live at the LA County Fair.

The group is headed to The Cascade Theatre in Redding, and are scheduled to hit up more states in the next few months. But the question remains: can we expect a new full-length album from the guys by 2013? We can only hope…

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