Aug 23, 2013

Styx - Pier Six

By Bob Suehs

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STYX / REO SPEEDWAGON

August 23, 2013

Baltimore, MD

Pier Six

STYX set list: Blue Collar Man, Grand Illusion, Fooling Yourself, Lady, Light Up, Man In The Wilderness, Miss America, I’m Ok, Crystal Ball, Too Much Time, Come Sail Away, Rockin’ The Paradise, Renegade

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Styx & REO Speedwagon played Maryland on a mild Friday evening and I was absolutely shocked to see this show was totally sold out. Who knew Styx was still doing that kind of business in 2013!

The set times listed on the Pier Six web site were wrong because it stated that the bands started at 7:30 PM when infact it started just around 7:10 PM and by the time I arrived REO Speedwagon were several songs into their set. I was surprised to see how many older people were there singing along to every song REO belted out. In concert REO have more fire and they are a bit “harder” than they are on their records. I was never a huge fan of REO Speedwagon but I give the band credit for sounding great and delivering a solid performance. The band commented at one point that they were in town for the past few nights & they caught Gladys Knight a few nights prior and they were bummed that she didn’t even have one “pip” with her.

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Styx took the stage a tad after 9 PM and they had a cool stage set up with steps which gave the band members 2 levels to play on.

I didn’t realize Tommy Shaw was short until I compared his mic stand height to the others onstage...Tommy is a small guy yet comes off like a huge rock icon onstage and his voice is still in excellent shape for his age...his guitar playing is clean & his performance was as it was back in the day!

Styx brought out their original bass player for a few songs here & there but for the most part the core of the show was J.T. & Tommy & they both covered all of the bases quit well while they interacting with the crowd.....they played the Styx classics with conviction!

Towards the end of the show there was a covers medley that included “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Stones, A Doors song, An Elton John song and one other that I can’t remember.

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“Renegade” was the closing number and that was probably my personal favorite of the night because it’s the song where Tommy & the boys cut lose, rocked hard and tore it up one last time for the crowd!

After the show Tommy & a few of the guys actually came out to meet fans & take pics and I will admit that I had a fun time at the show....Styx rock! Click here to “Like” Rock N Roll Experience on Facebook