--Last night in Atlanta STYX members gathered at The Palm restaurant with their managers, agent and tour promoters to celebrate the ongoing success of the tour and to discuss new ways to make themselves more accessible to their fans. But the hottest topic was the rehearsal that afternoon with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Tim McGrath said he now knows what it must have been like for George Martin, on the soundstage when the Beatles recorded with the London Philharmonic. "I looked over the shoulders of the violin section on stage left and there was Tommy Shaw, in blue jean shorts, wearing his sunglasses, sitting on a stool with his guitar, singing "Crystal Ball" with the band and an 84 piece orchestra. It was unbelievable..."� JY and Darryl (the conductor) hit it off and were leaping in unison on several songs to signal the bombastic endings (stingers, as they are referred to by players). "JY's huge grin was quite infectious," noted one of the violinists." During the evening, several music insiders stopped by to say hello and join in the celebration. Ed Roland, the creative powerhouse behind Collective Soul and longtime friend of STYX manager Charlie Brusco, came by with his wife and it was truly a mutual admiration society. Tommy told Ed that recently in an interview he had named Collective Soul his favorite new band and attributed them as "having barely scratched the surface of their potential." Ed revealed that the first time he ever sang in a public appearance, he sang "Too Much Time On My Hands". Many laughs and pats on the back later and having laid rest to the amazing feast presented by The Palm, the boys retired to rest up for the shows this week in Memphis, Knoxville, Atlanta and Nashville.
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