Legends Balloon Rally brought Styx to Memorial Field Airport in Hot Springs on Friday, September 27, 2013 for a free concert. After a Balloon Glow around the stage area that started at 7, Styx took the stage just after 8, opening with the rockin’ “Blue Collar Man.”
The band was having fun and the weather was just right for an outdoor show, so the airfield was packed with fans. Tommy Shaw and James Young have kept Styx going for decades, and original bassist Chuck Panozzo joined the band for “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” early in the show, and then returned to play a few more songs at the end of the night.
After the touching hit “Lady,” which James Young mentioned came out during the Ford Presidency, they played a song they said they hadn’t played in Arkansas in 30 years, “Light Up.” The band took the crowd through some of their most loved songs like “Miss America,” “Crystal Ball” and “Too Much Time on My Hands.” They also hit some deep tracks; “I’m O.K.” from the “Pieces of Eight” album and the powerful “Man in the Wilderness” from “The Grand Illusion.”
Keyboard player and singer Lawrence Gowan, the man with the spinning keyboard, had fun getting the crowd to sing along a montage of classic rock hits from the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Queen and Led Zeppelin before going into Styx most popular song, “Come Sail Away.”
The band came back out for a two song encore, and the crowd sand along to “Rockin’ the Paradise” and “Renegade.” To find out more about Styx, visit www.styxworld.com.