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STYX, Foreigner, and Don Felder Bring The Soundtrack Of Summer to The Greek

Don Felder
Don FelderAlex Kluft

Styx Concert

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Styx, Foreigner, and Don Felder played the Greek Theatre Saturday night to a near sold out crowd. This could easily by a 70’s/80’s sing-a-long show based on the amount of hits all three groups had. At least once a day on the radio at any given time you can hear one of the many hits all 3 groups had. Last time Styx played the Greek, they were with REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent on the Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express tour. The last time Styx and Foreigner played together was with Kansas in 2010.

 Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips, James JY Young, Tommy Shaw, and Todd Sucherman
Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips, James JY Young, Tommy Shaw, and Todd Sucherman Alex Kluft

Opening the show was Don Felder who was the guitarist for the Eagles from 1974 to 2001 and co-wrote one of their biggest hits “Hotel California.” Although Felder only sang lead on a few songs, his signature guitar solos and backing vocals can be heard on “One The Boarder,” “One Of These Nights,” “Hotel California,” and “The Long Run.”
Felder played a 50 minute set of Eagles hits. After Felder was announced he came out, was handed his Gibson Les Paul then went right into “Already Gone.” Next was another Eagles’ classic “One Of These Nights,” followed by Felder’s number 1 single You Don’t Have Me.” Just like with The Eagle’s Felder’s band had great harmonies, which is the basis for many of their biggest hits. When it comes to guitar playing, Felder is very underrated. For the last song Felder performed he brought out Tommy Shaw and Todd Sucherman from Styx to join him. Felder was handed his Gibson EDS-1275 (Doubleneck) and said to the audience “You remember this guitar?,” and began playing “Hotel California.” On the solo Felder and Shaw traded off.

Don Felder Setlist
1. Already Gone
2. One Of These Nights
3. You Don’t Have Me
4. Victim Of Love
5. Seven Bridges Road
6. Heavy Metal (Takin’ A Ride)
7. Witchy Woman
8. Heartache Tonight
9. Life In The Fast Lane
10. Hotel California

Following Felder was Styx. Styx is one group that always puts on a great show night after night and never disappoints. Of course fans would’ve liked to have heard a long set, but with a co-headline it’s hard for the headlining bands to play more than an hour and 15 minutes. Styx opened with the title track to one of their biggest albums “The Grand Illusion.” On the 3rd song original bassist Chuck Panozzo came out to play “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man). At 60 and 64 Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young still rock and show no signs of slowing down. For a band like Styx it’s easy to play a whole set of hits, and that’s exactly what they did with songs like “Lady,” “Light Up,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Renegade.” Styx had the audience on their feet the whole set. Keyboardist/singer Lawrence Gowan always does a medley that goes into “Come Sail Away,” from in front of the stage, but this time he did behind the keyboard. Gowan led the audience in a sing along of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Panozzo came back out to play “Come Sail Away.” Styx drummer Todd Sucherman’s playing is always a highlight of any show. Bassist Ricky Phillips is always running the stage and singing great backing vocals. After 10 songs, Styx left and came back for an encore of “Rock The Paradise,” and “Renegade” The best parts were when Shaw came out into the audience playing the solo on “Superstars” and walked through the aisles up to the B walked across and back down to the stage and Don Felder trading off solos with Shaw and Young on “Blue Collar Man.” On “Rock In The Paradise,” Gowan came out dressed like Michael Jackson in a black sequin jacket and black fedora with the moves to match his outfit. Panozzo joined again for the final song “Renegade.”

Styx Set List
1. The Grand Illusion
2. Too Much Time On My Hands
3. Folling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
4. Lady
5. Light Up
6. Crystal Ball
7. Superstars
8. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
9. Gowan medley of You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Live and Let Die, Bohemian Rhapsody
10. Come Sail Away
Encore
11. Rockin’ The Paradise
12. Renegade

Closing the show was Foreigner. Just like Styx and The Eagles, you can always hear a Foreigner hit on the radio. After a 20 minute intermission Foreigner came out at 9:40. Foreigner kicked off their set with “Double Vision,” followed by another major hit “Head Games,” and “Cold As Ice.” On the 5th song founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones came out and played “Feels Like The First Time.” Although Jones is the only original member still with the group, Foreigner can be considered an all-star band. Members are Bass Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Sax/Guitar/Keys Thom Gimbel (Aerosmith), Lead Vocals- Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Slash), Keys- Michael Bluestein (Boz Scaggs, Enrique Iglesias), Jones replacement on lead guitar- Bruce Watson (Big Country) and the newest member is drummer Chris Frazier (Whitesnake). The only member to be in the group over 20 years besides Jones is Thom Gimbel. Of all of Foreigner’s lineups, this can be considered the best besides the classic one. On “Cold As Ice,” Hansen came out into the audience and sang standing on top of a seat. The band was great, but when Jones came out it raised the bar and his presence added to an already great show. The last song before the encore was “Juke Box Hero.” And the 2 song encore consisted of “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Hot Blooded,” To close out the show Shaw, Young, and Felder all came out on “Hot Blooded.” For “I Want To Know What Love Is,” The Burbank Middle School choir came out and sang. This was quite a memorable show. Any fan of all 3 groups there knew every song. Foreigner had the audience on their feet the whole time.

Foreigner Set List
1. Double Vision
2. Head Games
3. Cold As Ice
4. Waiting For A Girl Like You
5. Feels Like The First Time
6. Urgent
7. Starrider
8. Juke Box Hero
Encore
9. I Want To Know What Love Is
10. Hot Blooded