Sunday, June 24, 2012

CD Review: Styx Brings "Regeneration" On The Road With Ted Nugent & REO Speedwagon

Seventies and eighties rock giants Styx have been feeling very nostalgic recently. Last year, the band released a double-album (“Regeneration”) of re-recorded hits with the band’s current lead singer Lawrence Gowan. In January of 2012, Styx also released a DVD, Blu-ray and DVD/2CD combo of “The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live.” The show was recorded in Memphis, TN in 2010 and features the band performing both classic albums from start to finish.

Now this summer, Styx is heading on the road with fellow seventies and eighties superstars REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent as part of “The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour. Original Styx member James “JY’ Young stated that “it’s time for mega-Platinum Illinois bands STYX and REO Speedwagon in a battle to the end of the Mayan Calendar with the Motor City Madman!”

“Regeneration: Volume 1 & 2” gives us some of Styx’s greatest music moments, beginning with “The Grand Illusion” and “Lorelei.” Gowen steps into original lead singer Dennis DeYoung’s shoes and does an outstanding job, while original Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo handles duties on “Fooling Yourself.” Guitarist Tommy Shaw extends “Come Sail Away” past the seven-minute mark as he jams away on the solo. “Regeneration: Volume 1” finishes with one of the band’s newest original songs “Difference In The World,” which sounds like an early outtake song from the band’s seventies heyday.

"Regeneration: Volume 2” rocks more than “Volume 1” as it features the guitar driven “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade.” Again, the vocals and harmonies are spot-on as in “Miss America” and “Snowblind.” This album closes with two songs that were originally recorded by Shaw’s side band, Damn Yankees. The songs “Coming of Age” and “High Enough” have been performed live by Styx over the years, but this is the first and only studio recordings of the songs performed by Styx.

“The Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express” tour began in mid-June and will be heading to Connecticut on July 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The tour wraps up three days later, and then Styx heads out on their own U.S. tour. Make sure to catch them with these two other musical giants as anything could happen on stage when these three get together. For more information, check out Styx website at

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