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



SMILE/Thank You
Alpine And Viejas!

SEPTEMBER 28, 2004

Hello Friends,

Last night in Alpine we played under a full moon at Veijas to another great crowd of fans who came to enjoy the sights and sounds of STYX outdoors in Southern California. The temperature dropped after the sun went down and we were all surprised when we took the stage and found our floor wet with condensation. If you saw me sliding my left foot a couple of times during the first song it was me trying to assess the conditions. Nothing like slipping and busting your keister in the first part of a show to throw off your concentration, and I wanted to know what I was up against. After a couple of trips from one side of the stage to the other, I, like the other guys in the band, made a note to tread carefully the rest of the night, then turned my thoughts to the music.

It was an evening with a mind of its own, which we all agreed was more than likely the effects of the full moon. But if there's one thing we don't shy away from it is a challenge. I love that about this band. "Adaptable and flexible" is a key mantra in our camp and just knowing this makes every night, everywhere a blast. What happens is a positive diversion, keeping us from ever getting into a rut or too much of a routine. By the time we got back to the dressing room it was smiles and reviews of all the unspoken experiences we'd all taken in.

Saul and Dean from Center City Music in San Diego closed shop early to come out with their better halves and a bunch of their friends and made it a STYX night we'll all remember. I keep looking at that photo of me with the blue Gibson 336 they took of me in their store and thinking how good it would look under the lights on our stage (strapped over my shoulder, of course). It's a sickness, I know, but as you guitar fans probably know, Gibson is on an unprecedented real roll with the quality of their instruments and it's impossible not to have the "I wants" whenever I see such a fine example. There's probably a support group I can join for this.

We drove overnight to San Jose, and about two hours into the drive, after discussing the release of Brian Wilson's "SMILE" CD, I finally realized Todd had it on his iPod. "LET'S LISTEN TO IT!!!" I declared, with no objections. After digging through my computer bag to find a Monster Cable that went from the iPod to the stereo in the front lounge, we listened from top to bottom. Now as I write I am listening again to my version I just downloaded from iTunes. It truly is a timeless work of art, and most important because it could have been a missed masterpiece had Brian and his friends not endeavored to recreate, complete and record in a massive work of love last year and this year. It's easy to misunderstand Brian Wilson if all you have to go on is Larry King or other soundbyte driven interviewers out there who only seem interested in the stories of his tortured past and his ongoing inner struggles to fit into the everyday world. What you may not have seen is the lucid, brilliant Wilson with his band, the ever enviable creator and producer who these days has the dream band he always wanted and is joyfully sharing it with fans worldwide.

"SMILE" was to be Brian's answer to The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper," which ironically was The Beatles' response to Brian's "Pet Sounds."
A mental breakdown prevented Brian from completing and recording this work until recently. It's a shame John and George never lived long enough to hear it, but Paul and Ringo must be in heaven on earth now.

Todd's lovely and talented bride Taylor Mills is featured on "SMILE" and we could not be more proud.

Thanks again to everyone who made last night such a blast, and congratulations to Brian Wilson, Taylor and company. Thank you for your wonderful gift to the world.

Tommy Shaw


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