STYX: Notes from the Band
Date Title
Jun 03, 1996 NYC
Jun 05, 1996 VH-1
Jun 08, 1996 Pittsburgh
Jun 09, 1996 Philadelphia
Jun 12, 1996 Saratoga
Jun 18, 1996 Chicago
Jun 20, 1996 Boston
Jun 21, 1996 Cincinatti
Jun 24, 1996 Quebec City
Jun 26, 1996 Atlanta
Jun 27, 1996 More Atrlanta
Jun 28, 1996 Memphis
Jul 01, 1996 Atlanta
Jul 04, 1996 Little Rock
Jul 06, 1996 Houston
Jul 07, 1996 Biloxi
Jul 08, 1996 West Palm Beach
Jul 11, 1996 Hurricane Bertha
Jul 12, 1996 Raleigh
Jul 13, 1996 Virginia Beach
Jul 16, 1996 NYC
Jul 20, 1996 John Panozzo
Jul 21, 1996 Peoria
Jul 26, 1996 Oklahoma City
Jul 30, 1996 Kansas City
Aug 02, 1996 Denver
Aug 03, 1996 Vegas
Aug 03, 1996 Vegas
Aug 06, 1996 Los Angeles
Aug 08, 1996 Reno
Aug 10, 1996 Pasa Robles
Aug 11, 1996 Portland
Aug 13, 1996 The Gorge
Aug 15, 1996 Los Angeles
Aug 17, 1996 More LA
Aug 28, 1996 False End
Aug 30, 1996 Quebec
Sep 02, 1996 Chicgo
Sep 03, 1996 The Bears
Sep 04, 1996 Gone Fishin'
Sep 05, 1996 Birmingham
Sep 06, 1996 Pensacola
Sep 07, 1996 Orlando
Sep 09, 1996 Good Bye Florida
Sep 12, 1996 43 in LA
Sep 13, 1996 Allegan
Sep 14, 1996 Moline
Sep 15, 1996 Ames
Sep 19, 1996 Toledo
Sep 19, 1996 Todd's Band
Sep 20, 1996 Toledo
Sep 22, 1996 Chicago
Oct 06, 1996 Finally Home
Dec 15, 1996 Happy Holidays




--The Ultimate acoustic band... Saturday night STYX performed with the 97 piece Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta at a sold out Chastain Park. The notoriously tame and distracted crowd was anything but that as the band launched into the first half of their 100 minute show, performing only as the 5-member band. After the song "Fooling Yourself", the band left the stage and Tommy Shaw played an acoustic guitar solo with the help of 6500 fans clapping in time. He then pointed up into the crowd to his mother and thanked her for all the times she had to put up with bands rehearsing in her house and having to buy him guitars and amplifiers when he was growing up. The spotlights found her and she stood with her arms raised. "I love you Mama! It was WORTH IT, wasn't it!!" He shouted and then dedicated the night to her. It was quite a heartfelt moment. He then introduced "'The Ultimate Acoustic Band', The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Darryl One (also from the Chicago area)..." From the overture, a mixture of music from "Fooling Yourself", "Pieces of Eight", "Show Me the Way", and "The Grand Illusion", A.S.O. set the incredible tone for the second half of the show. "Suite Madame Blue" was spellbinding. "It was a tremendous meeting point for the two musical entities and had to bee seen and heard to be believed," Explained James Young back stage after the show. The symphony continued with "Crystal Ball", the opening to "Miss America", "Babe", "Snowblind", "Boat on the River", "Show Me The Way", "Come Sail Away", "Best of Times" and others. Jimmy Johnson, Styx guitar tech said "It was the greatest musical experience of my life." This sentiment was echoed in variations throughout the hall and around the STYX camp the next day as they prepared to perform to 9,000 fans at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville. It seems inevitable that STYX will repeat this experience somewhere down the road, perhaps filming the evening for broadcast. All agreed, if you missed this evening, you missed the Ultimate STYX Experience...

--Last night in Nashville, near the end of the show, Dennis DeYoung, who had noticed the security being particularly strict with the audience, making them sit after the band would have them on their feet, urged the fans to get up and come forward. What had been a somewhat well behaved audience suddenly spilled forward to the edge of the stage in a total party mood. JY and Tommy went back to Jimmy Johnson and grabbed a handful of STYX guitar picks and tossed them to the fans. "They were getting really worked up and looking for something to take away," noticed Chuck. "I was amazed they didn't start unplugging the floor monitors and walking away with them!"

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