Styx's grand illusion: A tour of classic albums without Dennis DeYoung
Styx is hitting the road this fall and playing two of their classic albums -- 1977's The Grand Illusion and 1978's Pieces of Eight -- in their entirety. It's being touted by publicityes as the "the tour Styx fans have been waiting for" -- wait ... is Dennis DeYoung coming back? No, he's not. So actually it's the next-best-thing to the tour Styx fans have been waiting for.
Still, even with Lawrence Gowan handling the keyboard and vocal duties for the long-departed DeYoung, this does feel like a can't-miss show. These days, Styx is down two only two (and a half) members from their classic lineup: Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young and the occasional appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo. (Listen to our Panozza interview.) The tour stops here in Tampa Bay at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 23. (Tickets will go on this sale Friday at noon and are priced between $39 and $79.) Click here for tour dates closer to you.
I'm a big fan of bands performing classic albums in their entirety (Rush will do Moving Pictures on Oct. 1 in Tampa), and if Styx-Minus-DeYoung is going to pick two albums, I can't think of two better ones. We'll get Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man and Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man), which granted are all standard set list inclusions for Styx these days. But also Sing for the Day, Pieces of Eight and Castle Walls.
I'm not a huge fan of Gowan's on-stage hamminess, but if he could pull off a version of Castle Walls anywhere CLOSE to what Dennis DeYoung did when I caught his show a couple years ago, I'll take back all my snide remarks about him.