On Friday February 1, 2013 rock legends Styx rocked the crowd at the Grande Exposition Hall inside the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino Reno. This was a very special show for Reno as original Styx member Chuck Panozzo was on hand to play bass on a few songs. Panozzo rarely plays any shows anymore due to illness. This examiner has seen Styx four or five times over the last six years they have played in Reno and this was the first time Panozzo has showed up, a very special treat indeed.
Styx is an American rock band that became famous for its albums from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Chicago band is known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and elements of American musical theater. (wiki)
Current members for this show included, James "J.Y." Young (Original Styx Member) – (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals, additional keyboards), Chuck Panozzo (Original Styx Member) – (bass guitar, backing vocals, bass pedals), Tommy Shaw – (lead and rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals, mandolin, autoharp), Todd Sucherman – (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Lawrence Gowan – (lead and backing vocals, keyboards, additional guitar) and Ricky Phillips – (bass guitar, backing vocals, additional guitar).
Attendance was very good for this show, nearly sold-out. Styx plays all their hits and then some and keeps the fans going by telling some really great story's in between songs. During this show they had a sing-a-long with the entire audience, featuring songs from the Who, Queen and Pink Floyd, the place was going wild singing back-up vocals. Security gave up control (on purpose) to the crowd at the end of the set as everyone rushed to the front of the stage. A good time was definitely had by all.
The set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Blue Collar Man", "Grand Illusion", "Fooling Yourself", "Lady", "Lorelei", "Man In The Wilderness", "Miss America", "I'm OK", "Crystal Ball", "Light Up", "To Much Time", "Come Sail Away" and two encores songs, "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Renegade".
This year in Reno, Styx did something different than in the past. Before, during and after the show they sold raffle tickets to win a guitar signed by all the members from Styx for charity. The charity, "Rock to the Rescue" is a Charity spearheaded by Tommy Shaw’s daughter, Hannah Shaw. It's a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Miss Shaw split all the proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets with The Nevada Humane Society.
Styx comes to Reno just about every year or so, one thing is for certain, they seem to get better every time. Definitely a show not to be missed.
The Silver Legacy Resort and Casino is one of Reno's premier venues, bringing many top acts to the area. The sound and lighting are one of the best and there's not a bad seat in the house, also a very friendly staff. To see who's coming next, visit their web-site at, (http://www.silverlegacyreno.com/entertainment/grande-exposition-hall/).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
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