Styx members James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live shows since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined.
With two Super-Bowl appearances along with many Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight,
Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.
The set lasted over 90 minutes and went just like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Blue Collar Man", "The Grand Illusion", "Fooling Yourself" (The Angry Young Man), "Lady", "Light Up" (JY on vocals), "Man In The Wilderness", "Miss America", "I'm O.K.", "Crystal Ball", "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Gowan Medley" (Rocket Man / Layla / Live And Let Die / You Can't Always Get What You Want / Fat Bottom Girls / Another Brick In The Wall), "Come Sail Away" and two encore songs, "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Renegade".
Styx's usual drummer Todd Sucherman was not in attendance due to the birth of his and wife Taylor Mills baby daughter, Teagan Everly Sucherman, born earlier in the day. But for those who were lucky enough to be at the show, iconic drummer Kenny Aronoff was there to fill in.
Aronoff is one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he’s worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Puddle of Mudd, Avril Lavigne, Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, George Jones, Conway Tritty, The Buddy Rich Big Band and many others.
This examiner was lucky enough to meet Aronoff last year when he did a drum clinic at the Alley, a local venue in Sparks.
This examiner has seen this band many times before. They always put on a fantastic show and this one was no different. The hard-core Styx fans were singing the words to every song. It was a night of great excitement and awesome music that only a great band like Styx can provide.
A good time was had by all.
Before the show, Rock to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization founded by rock bands Styx and REO Speedwagon, had a raffle for a signed by the band guitar. Tickets were $10.00 each. They sold over 350 tickets for the charity. The lucky winner was, Kevin Bennett from Sebastopol Ca.
The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino as always, is one of the best places to see a show in Reno. The staff and security are top notch and very friendly. To see what's coming up next, (click here)
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