Styx play sold out Stambaugh Auditorium

Tommy Shaw of Styx
Tommy Shaw of Styx

Youngstown ,Ohio-The iconic rock group Styx , whose mega hit career that has spawned decades of rock anthems descended from the heavens to play a sold out show in Youngstown this week. The historic Stambaugh  Auditorium has had many famous artists grace their stage in nearly 100 year history. Stambaugh has hosted a wide variety of performers, educators and speakers. Artists from Tony Bennett to Bob Dylan, American Ballet to Liberace, Bruce Springsteen to orchestras and countless others have all graced the main stage and on this day Styx was in town to rock the place. The event was made possible from the team behind Sunrise Entertainment , Marty Cohen and Ken Haidaris whose hard work and dedication is striving to keep music alive in the Warren/Younstown area and to this we salute them.

The evening started out with an inspiring performance from opening act Levon , a trio from Nashville, TN. The lights went dark and  a hush went thru the crowd as the eagerly awaiting Styx hit the stage with a wall of sound .The first track of the night was “Gone, Gone, Gone” to be followed by their biggest hits and some fan favorites including , ” Blue Collar Man “, ” The Grand Illusion “, ” Lady” and many more . The   musicianship, showmanship and pure joy coming of of the stage was transferred to the audience as smiles and air guitars rocked the place to the rafters.

Tommy Shaw and James Young of Styx
Tommy Shaw and James Young of Styx

 

The band is honestly one of the best bands I have ever seen  and one not to be missed  .The current line up is

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Lawrence Gowan of Styx
Lawrence Gowan of Styx

Lawrence Gowan is one of the most talented and gifted vocalists I have ever heard and puts on a stellar show and included a melody of hits and stories including one about him and John Lennon’s piano to delight the crowd.

Ricky Phillips, James Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx
Ricky Phillips, James Young and Tommy Shaw of Styx

The evening continued with ” Snow Blind “, ” Come Sale Away ” and more including the  fan favorite  ” Renegade “. I give this show five out of five stars as I cannot find room for improvement . To learn more about Styx please check out the official website at  http://www.styxworld.com

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