A long time ago, in a magical era called "the '70s," a band named Styx once wowed prog-rock fans with a couple of albums named The Grand Illusion (1977) and Pieces of Eight (1978). The band, then still a functioning and democratic group of happy fellows, gave their tunes whimsical titles such as Castle Walls, Come Sail Away and Aku Aku. And rock fans were content.
Next thing you know, frontman Dennis DeYoung stages a coup, starts singing about old movie theaters and robots . . . well, that's why Dennis and the boys don't talk to this day. But on Saturday night at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, the clock turns back — if only for a night. Styx, these days with only Tommy Shaw and James Young remaining from their classic lineup, will play The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight in their entirety, along with a selection of other greatest hits. Don't hold your breath for Mr. Roboto. Somewhere out there, Mr. DeYoung is crying into his robot mask.
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are scarce but check with the box office at (727) 791-7400.
Steve Spears, Times staff writer