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



Saratoga RULED!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2004

Photo: Daniel Wills

Hello Friends,

Last night we closed the concert season at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, playing to a very attentive and excited sold out crowd who came from all over the Bay Area to spend a crisp, clear California evening with STYX. Meanwhile, on a debate set in Florida, as President Bush and John Kerry were sizing each other up in what for them must be as excruciating a campaign as it is becoming for the rest of us, we were ROCKING the hills above San Jose. Wanna bet who had more fun? Nyuk nyuk...

JY's friend Doug Wilson, his lovely missus and friends, as well as Mark and Wendy Altekruse were among a long list of beautiful people who graced our backstage. It was a supremely down home yet San Francisco-esque chic setting for us to entertain guests--a picturesque mountaintop winery suited for a layout in any number of A List magazines, but for us a stage, a dressing room and seats for fans. It's an intimate venue with limited space for anything more than our basic configuration--no frills, but enough room for the band members, yet there is a vibe there that rivals our other favorite outdoor venue, The Gorge, a massive natural amphitheater overlooking the Columbia River in Washington State.

It was quite chilly as we waited to start the show, but we dressed accordingly and so did the fans so the weather was never an issue. From the first notes of "Blue Collar Man" things sounded exceptionally good in my in ear monitors. My guitar had a big beefy, woody sound with a nice top end, and I assumed everyone else's mix sounded equally as good. It must have because I detected a little extra heat coming from every single other band member. So off we went, banging our way through the set. My white Les Paul Custom was like bottled lightning in my hands, and the same was true with the Gibson 356, the Fender Jazzmaster Baritone, my '63 Les Paul, Jr., and every other guitar Jimmy handed me all night. It was pure heaven.

As it always happens, the two hours and change went by in a flash and soon we were saying so long to our guests and heading down the 5 to drop Todd off at home before turning back up the 101 heading for Ventura. I rolled in around 5:45 this morning and Clyde and Bubba (our dogs) were too excited to let me sleep, and even now Clyde, our yellow Lab is resting his chin on my right wrist, looking up at me as if to say, "I haven't seen you for a week and you come in and get on line?" He's right, you know.

I'll cut it short so I can play with my boys. Thanks to everyone who made last night so much fun, and we'll see the rest of you tonight at the Majestic Theater. Come on out and play!



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