--Friday night in Quebec City, Canada, STYX played to a sold out arena full of fans old and new. In 1976, before STYX had written or recorded The Grand Illusion, they were touring Canada, opening for BAD COMPANY. It was not yet known whether STYX was to break as a successful band or continue to pay their dues as the "world's greatest opening act" as they were known in some circles. But the Canadian audience had made up their minds with Equinox, and in particular, "Suite Madame Blue". For the first time, STYX experienced the type of reception they would soon find world-wide. You always remember your first, and this past weekend, it was like traveling back in time. The arena had sold out in 2 days. Donald K. Donald, the band's promoter was in the dressing room trying to figure a way for the band to play more shows. When STYX played "Suite Madame Blue", the place was up for grabs. And the audience sang every song at the top of their lungs. The next night in Montreal, estimates were between 30,000 and 40,000 fans and although it rained almost all night, no one budged. It was a love affair between the band and their fans that had to be experienced first hand.
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