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Feb 26, 2004 Lowell
Feb 27, 2004 Emotional Night
Mar 18, 2004 Hello Atlanta
Mar 18, 2004 Z93 and Styx Rock Atlanta Hard Rock Cafe
Mar 22, 2004 Did You Know?
Mar 27, 2004 Life Is A Beach
Apr 01, 2004 Does This Look Like A Man Who's Ready To Go Back On The Road?
Apr 09, 2004 No, Your Honor, I Said I Was Going To TAMPER With Her
Apr 10, 2004 Thank You Tampa/St. Pete
Apr 15, 2004 Let's Get This Engine Started
Apr 26, 2004 Styx 1st To Record At Chess Studios 2120 S. Michigan In 15 Years
Apr 27, 2004 We're Here! This Is The View From My Room
Apr 29, 2004 Johnnie Johnson Speaks at 2120 News Conference
Apr 29, 2004 Chicago Tribune
Apr 30, 2004 Hey Memphis!
May 03, 2004 Getting Close
May 06, 2004 Thank You Cleveland, Hello Indianapolis!
May 07, 2004 Styx Follows VH1 Outing With Headlining Tour
May 08, 2004 Giving New Meaning To The Term "Front Men"
May 11, 2004 VH1 Music First
May 15, 2004 Texas Views
May 16, 2004 Houston Ruled
May 18, 2004 Albuquerque, We're Here, We're Caffeinated, and Ready To Rock!
May 19, 2004 Thank You Alarqueque
May 19, 2004 Luke AFB, Thanks For The Hospitality
May 20, 2004 VH1 Music First
May 25, 2004 Greetings From Colorado
May 28, 2004 JY: Styx On Tour
May 28, 2004 Hello, Salt Lake City
May 29, 2004 2120 Signals New Era For STYX
May 29, 2004 Thank You Idaho Falls, Idaho and Hello George Washington
Jun 05, 2004 LA Times On Eric Clapton's Monumental Weekend
Jun 08, 2004 Ronald Reagan
Jun 19, 2004 Jay Mouton Reviews Chatanooga Show
Jun 20, 2004 Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 23, 2004 Hello, NYC!
Jun 23, 2004 Todd Rips It Up In NYC
Jun 25, 2004 VH1 Music First
Jul 04, 2004 Hello, Ohio
Jul 07, 2004 What A Difference A Couple of Days Make
Jul 07, 2004 New Member Of The Family
Jul 09, 2004 Aidin Vaziri insults Styx and Styx Fans
Jul 10, 2004 Hot Springs, Arkansas, you Were Awesome
Jul 11, 2004 Making Up Was Easy To Do
Jul 12, 2004 Spokane
Jul 15, 2004 So Long Spokane
Jul 21, 2004 We'll Be Right Back
Jul 22, 2004 Does This Look Like A Man Who's On Vacation
Aug 03, 2004 Styx at the Vic
Aug 07, 2004 Hello Colorado
Aug 07, 2004 Ole' Ole' Ole' Oh Lay Thah!!!
Aug 08, 2004 Rockin' At The Buffalo Chip
Aug 14, 2004 The Dells Sure Rang Our Bells
Aug 15, 2004 Nick Rogers reviews Styx in Springfield, IL
Aug 20, 2004 Hello Boise
Aug 22, 2004 Greetings From The Road
Aug 24, 2004 Suiting Up For The Show
Aug 24, 2004 Alaska, YOU Are Awesome!!!
Aug 26, 2004 We Love Alaska
Sep 10, 2004 We Are Here, Are You?
Sep 11. 2004 We Are Still Here, Encore!
Sep 15, 2004 Hello Montana
Sep 15, 2004 Montana Rocked!
Sep 17, 2004 Hello, Washington State
Sep 17, 2004 Puyallup, WA, Rocked In The Rain
Sep 18, 2004 Massula ROCKED Hard!
Sep 24, 2004 Albuquerque Was A Smokin' Gig
Sep 25, 2004 Unleashed In Henderson...
Sep 28, 2004 Back On Our Heads
Sep 28, 2004 SMILE/Thank You Alpine and Vejas!
Sep 30, 2004 Saratoga Ruled!
Oct 01, 2004 When In Ventura, Do What The Venturas Do!
Oct 06, 2004 Today In The Life
Oct 08, 2004 Hello From Konocti Harbor
Oct 15, 2004 Styx Is In Rama, Mama!
Oct 16, 2004 Gowan in Gowanville
Oct 23, 2004 Hola De Puerto Rico
Oct 25, 2004 Loose Lips, Synch Ships
Oct 26, 2004 New Orleans In October...
Oct 28, 2004 New Orleans, Updated
Nov 18, 2004 Inmates Running The Assylum at 135 Stations
Nov 21, 2004 If It Weren't for Flashbacks, We'd Have No Memory At All...
Nov 22, 2004 Styx To Play Christmas Party
Nov 27, 2004 Styx Rocked The Boat
Dec 04, 2004 All Star Jams
Dec 06, 2004 Styx To Play Christmas Party
Dec 07, 2004 Q104 Christmas Bash Was A Smash
Dec 09, 2004 Back In The Studio




FEBRUARY 26, 2004

Article Last Updated: Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 2:12:22 AM EST
Lowell Sun

Styx a classic trip back to the '70s

Sun Correspondent

By its very nature, a classic-rock show lacks concessions to the passage of time. For the most part, Styx lived up to its end of the bargain Thursday night before an energetic, if not fully packed house at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

But, it wasn't hard to realize that it's not 1977 anymore (people were taking pictures of the concert on their camera phones), Styx isn't a best-selling rock act these days (during a playful moment with keyboardist Lawrence Gowan and a Polaroid camera, lead singer Tommy Shaw referenced the well-known Outkast lyric), and it costs a whole lot more than it did a quarter century ago to buy a ticket to the show.

Of course, for the people who spent $50 to see their arena-rock heroes of yesteryear, it was time and money well spent. After all, people don't often get the chance to visit a more carefree part of their lives, when they could throw on a pair of blue jeans, buy a six-pack without worrying about the carbs, and listen to some tunes in the garage.

For those who last thought of Styx when you heard "Mr. Roboto" on the radio 20 years ago, you probably think Dennis DeYoung is still in the band. He hasn't been around in two decades, leaving pretty much after "Roboto" came out, although he tugged at viewers' heartstrings in going after his former bandmates in a classic Behind the Music episode on the band a couple of years ago.

The band has moved on past DeYoung's departure and so have its fans. (One diehard from Chelsea who professed to seeing Styx seven times over the years told me, "They get better with time.")

And, representing the band's half of the mutual-admiration society, Shaw who has finally aged after years as the boy wonder of the group and now looks and sounds like David Spade told the crowd early on, "From what I hear, there's a lot to like about Lowell." (Note to the person who coined that slogan: You ought to seek royalties from every celebrity who references it.)

As for the show itself, obviously, Styx stayed true to its retro roots, saturating the 15-song show (one of which included the aforementioned melody) with its keyboard-and-guitar-laced cuts from its '70s albums. Most prominent was the 1977 album Grand Illusion, with the title song early on and "Fooling Yourself" (which featured the surprise appearance of original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who is now in semi-retirement), "Miss America" and "Come Sail Away" at the close of the main set.

To answer other questions, yes, they played "Lady" and "Blue Collar Man" where the crowd moved in tight to the stage and never really left but two glaring omissions were "Babe" and "Mr. Roboto" (one verse in a medley doesn't count).

The one-song encore was "Renegade" which featured the aforementioned Shaw-Gowan interplay, Gowan taking an endless supply of Polaroids (ones of the band were given to fans, pictures of the fans were kept by Gowan as mementos), and then band members sending Styx beach balls into the crowd after this most enjoyable show had ended.

Concert review:

Styx, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Thursday night

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