Classic rockers Styx performed Saturday night at the Majestic Theatre to an almost full house. The band fronted by Tommy Shaw and James Young brought their mixture of hard rock and ballads to an anxiously awaiting crowd.
Before the night began, Hannah Shaw (Tommy Shaw’s daughter) addressed the audience for an important announcement. As part of the band’s charitable work they were raffling off an autographed guitar. For a $10 donation, fans were given a guitar pick and a chance to win this guitar. Proceeds from this raffle went to benefit a local animal rescue group.
The audience varied from children to a married couple whose first Styx concert was 31 years ago while they were still dating. Cheers broke out from the first notes of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and it was clear that those present were hard core fans. They sang along to almost every song, including the popular power ballad “Lady” that had the ladies screaming. Even when keyboardist Lawrence Gowan tested them on classic rock lyrics they didn’t miss a beat. They performed most of their hits from their long musical career including “Come Sail Away" and "Miss America."
The night ended on a high note with “Renegade” and a standing ovation but some were disappointed that there was no encore. There were a few groans from the audience when the winner of the guitar turned out to be someone from the front row. Overall it was an exciting night of music, dance and celebration.