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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

Nick Rogers Reviews STYX In Springfield, IL

AUGUST 15, 2004

Photo: Daniel Wills

Styx In Classic Form Without Showing Its Age



It's so much better when a classic-rock band carries no aging agenda, confident in its ability to recreate the songs that sold millions for them without pushing the fact they're past their prime.

One such band played the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Sunday night, and that was Styx, a band that has lost three-fifths of its key players, but has retained a sturdy sense of fun and professionalism...Styx caught fire with the crowd of 4,665 for the nearly two hours they played.

The Chicago-based band marched onto the stage in front of a brilliantly bright white light before launching right into "Blue Collar Man," on which Tommy Shaw demonstrated he's still got the pipes and poses of a rock star...

..."The Grand Illusion" and "Lady" were dispensed with early, Gowan on the latter making dramatic runs across the stage...He endowed the show with eager energy to fill his own role in the band, part prankster (snapping Polaroids and bothering drummer Todd Sucherman) and part piano master. His ragtime solo, which evolved into double-time ragtime, was a crowd-pleaser on which Shaw and James "JY" Young did a humorous do-si-do.

In typical Grandstand fashion, the rock-concert mix was at times a little too muddy and aggressive, but many tunes from Styx's vast catalog cut through the crud. The rowdy, rocking "Too Much Time On My Hands" was a guitar high point (after which James "JY" Young urged the audience to congratulate "Tommy bleepin' Shaw").

And the band wisely rolled through a medley of album cuts, arranged by Sucherman. It was as much a showcase for the band's deep history as it was for Sucherman's explosive drumming. "Mademoiselle," "Midnight Ride," and "Heavy Metal Poisoning" were among those touched upon briefly. Unfortunately, so was "Mr. Roboto," of which only the computerized-voice beginning was heard - again, no love for DeYoung and the Kilroy experiment.

Shaw's acoustic-guitar beginning to "Crystal Ball" was a nice respite from the electric overdrive, even though the full band shortly kicked in. And he did a little flamenco shimmy with his guitar on the opening bits of "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" before Gowan and Young launched the spaceship-landing keyboard sound that has become Styx's trademark.

Throughout the night, Young was like a sinister rock 'n' roll preacher, screaming to the crowd to pump them up for "Miss America," one of his tracks from "The Grand Illusion..."

...The "Styx fix," as Gowan put it, was filled by a DeYoung song, "Come Sail Away" - of course, Styx would have been run out of town if they didn't play that. Perched proudly atop the keyboard, Gowan belted the song out, and it closed with a burst of confetti.

The evening concluded with a four-song encore featuring tunes from influences (Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" and The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus") and one of the fan favorites of the night, "Renegade."

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