Live Review – Five Reasons Why Styx Are Not to Missed !

If you want a great night to rock out and feel young again get to a Styx show .

Northfield, Ohio – The multi platinum award winning iconic band Styx stopped by the North Coast on their latest tour in support of ” The Mission ” ( An amazing album , make sure you get a copy )  . In honor of them giving an amazing performance this week we decided to list the five reasons why Styx are not to be missed !

Styx Live On Stage
Styx Live On Stage

One -Creativity

Why many bands or classic rock band rest on their laurels , Styx does not . They continually test their musical chops by creating new challenges and music . Case in point ,” The Mission ” an amazing rock opera of a mission to Mars and emotions and feelings of it and guess what . They are doing the complete album live on select dates on the tour . I remember being a kid and every time a new tour came to town,  being one of the first to see the music performed live  was special  and this recreates that time in my life .

Styx Live on Stage
Styx Live on Stage

Two-Musical Range

The musical range and ability of the Styx members cannot be understated . The range of Tommy Shaw’s voice and his virtuosity playing his Gibson guitar is a sight to behold and a treat for the ears . The voice of Laurence Gowan along with his beautiful keyboard playing on both classic songs such and ” Come Sail Away ” and modern classics at ” Khedive ” and his stage persona ( think acrobat meets comedian think stage actor ) makes it a fun night ! The aggressive guitar of  James ” JY ” Young  and rough and tumble vocals on classics as ” Miss America ” really make it a well rounded band .Bassist and guitarist/vocalist Ricky Phillips ( formally of The Babys/Bad English ) proves he is rock n’ roll royalty every night and beings it all together . The drumming of Todd Sucherman was as sight to behold. I was watching as he switched grips from a jazz grip to the power grip of a rock song . Subtle little things like that show a true professional in his prime ! Last but not least is founding member Chuck Panozza without whom Styx would not exist . His drive and ambition to create music cannot be understated in it’s importance .

Styx live on stage
Styx live on stage

3-Drive

Styx tours more then any other band that I know of . They continually sell out venues across the US for one simple reason .They give the fans what they want , two hours of great music and an escape from reality . For a band that literally could live off of their royalties they don’t , they get out there in front of the live audience and show them you can rock at any age from 17-70, the spirit never dies .

A fan recording a Styx moment in time
A fan recording a Styx moment in time

4-The Hits

The list goes on and on but the hits are not just songs , but time capsules to a different era when life simpler and not so complex. ” Blue Collar Man ” ( Long Nights ) , ” The Grand Illusion ” and ” Lady ” will live on and on in our memories. The new hits such as ” Gone , Gone , Gone ” and “Radio Silence ” are a beloved update as well to the mega list of hits . If you want a great night to rock out and feel young again get to a Styx show .

Styx live on stage
Styx live on stage

5-Giving Back

The band continually gives back to the community in both musical and financial means . Their history of playing a full concert with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra , showing the kids of today that classic and classic rock can be combined in a fun and exciting way . The  Rock To The Rescue charity  in which fans buy raffle tickets to a signed guitar with the funds  going to a local charity  takes place on most dates of the tour .

Lawrence having fun on stage !
Lawrence having fun on stage !

With all that mind , these are the five reasons Styx are not to be missed . Please don’t forget to listen to our interview with Laurence Gowan in a previous post. Until next time don’t be a ” Renegade ” and get to a show !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2lR2r-FjM8

 

Exclusive Interview -Lawrence Gowan of Styx

One of the best interviews you will ever hear !

In this call in  interview we talk with Lawrence Gowan of Styx . We discuss family ,how they got the name of the ship from “The Mission ” , bands changing members and audicnce reaction , comic books and fan interaction . This is one fun interview so please have a listen and enjoy .

https://youtu.be/W2lR2r-FjM8

 

 

Jack Russell -The Lost Interview Part One

We did a great interview with Jack Russell of Jack Russell’s Great White about two summers ago however due to a corruption error we lost it . Well with new technology comes new chances to recover it and guess what here it is . Ladies and Gentleman I present the lost interview of Capt Jack Russell Part One

https://youtu.be/NLSxQ70KkQE

Anthony Russo Celebrates Marvels Endgame Home Release in Cleveland !

Cleveland, Ohio – Acclaimed director Anthony Russo , gave a toast and an introductory speech while celebrating the home video release of Marvel’s Endgame to a crowd of Clevelanders before a trolley tour of shooting locations  for Avengers and Captain America Winter Soldier . The Disney backed event also had a helping from The Cleveland Film Commission whose purpose is to draw film companies to Cleveland and show them the resources that our city has to offer . The fine folks at Allied Global Marketing who have been promoting the release locally also were there to ensure a smooth operation .

https://youtu.be/S_FpFZkXUl4

 

Please see the video to see the introduction from Anthony Russo

Music Video Review- Lacuna Coil -Layers Of Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSed4hnEv8

Music industry  veterans  Lacuna Coil return October 11th with a new release “Black Anima” and the Italian band gave us a sneak peak with the music video for ” Layer of Time ” which is the first single off of the record .

The imagery of ” Layers of Time ”  seems set in the post dystopian future combined with a feel of a gothic coven . I honestly have never been a fan fan of screamo bands that do not have singers but Lacuna Coils  mix of dirty vocals and the beauty of Cristina Scabbia ‘s voice and lyrics is a perfect combination dark and light , of beauty and the beast .

One of my favorites parts of this song is you hear the entire band .  The bass guitar is featured prominently in the mix and the chorus combination is very powerful .

The bridge is unique and showcases the extreme talent of the band . Please make sure you check it out .

The current band consists of Andrea Ferro — male vocals (1994–present)
Marco Coti Zelati — bass, keyboards (1994–present), guitars (2015–2016)
Cristina Scabbia — female vocals (1996–present)
Diego “Didi” Cavalotti — guitars (2016–present)
Richard Meiz — drums (2019–present)

They are currently on tour in Europe and start in the US in  mid September to learn all things about Lacuna Coil please see the official website at https://www.lacunacoil.com/