Date Title
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



Unleashed in Henderson...

SEPTEMBER 25, 2004


Hello Friends,

You just never know how things are going to go in a live situation. STYX is legged up enough, and that means band and crew, to handle any and all obstacles that are a daily part of being on the road, but it's the chemical side that is always the wild card. In other words, the product of everyone's combined moods, amount of sleep or lack thereof, personal events which can either be a distraction to overcome or rocket fuel to turbo charge one's performance. All these mixed together determine the outcome of every show. Last night was a rocket-fueled surprise that made for one fun, fine evening under the mild, starlit Nevada sky in Henderson.

For me personally, I was a little bit concerned because I had only gotten about 4 hours of sleep coming over the mountains and high desert from Albuquerque. The dry arid conditions woke me up before sunrise so went up to the front lounge for something to drink, and to watch television. About an hour later Ricky got up and joined me, just as I was tuning in to a Stevie Ray Vaughn special. It was so soulful, yet adrenalized a performance that we were glued to the screen for the entire program. It was awe inspiring and all I could think of was getting on stage again to see if any of it would rub off.

When we got to Henderson, I tried unsuccessfully to get on line to post some things on from the night before, had a huge salad from room service and a large mocha from the coffee shop downstairs. Eventually I wandered down to the stage to see if they had any luck getting on line and sure enough, they had the network up and running, so back I went to get this laptop. I hung out with Keith at headquarters, fueled up on a large soy Chai Latte, and updated the site until it was time to go back and shower up for the show.

As we gathered to go over, I was hitting a wall, feeling the lack of sleep and the quiet concern one gets as showtime approaches and you feel like you're low on fuel. But sure enough, as we finished up our meet and greet, I picked up on the collective energy of the band who were in an especially good mood. Soon we were taking the stage and I'm not sure exactly what happened, but we took off like a band of hungry teenagers getting their first big break on a big stage. It was awesome to be riding that wave and I was so glad to have my guitar in my hands and tapping into the charge I had gotten from SRV hours earlier. I had gone 180 degrees from being tired, in fact it was a manic feeling that I almost involuntarily shared as soon as I greeted the crowd. "We're so excited to be here...we need to calm down a little bit..." or something to that matter was what came out. I quickly regrouped and clarified, "Not YOU--I mean US!" What I meant was "ME!" But looking back we were all in a scrappy mood. I could tell by the wild-eyed looks we were exchanging. Our usual attention to precision was overridden by a more primal urge to dig in a push the envelope, and damn whatever little collateral clams (i.e., mistakes) came as a byproduct. It was as nourishing for the soul as a week in a health spa.

I was really happy to have Michael Lardie and his lovely bride there on stage just stage right of Lawrence, who could tell what was happening. We had a great visit afterwards and he got to meet everyone in the band he had only seen in passing last time we performed with him and Night Ranger in Pittsburgh a couple of months ago.

It was a night I wish we could have every night, but you cannot bottle things like that. I know we'll be in the zone again tonight. We are always there, and that's the beauty of STYX. But I will still be looking for another taste of last night's ethereal nectar. Man it was so fine!

Going for it again in a few short hours...


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