Saturday, July 25, 2015

CD Review: Styx Capture Their Fire With The New "Live At The Orleans Arena" Release

First off, let me start by saying that the classic rock band Styx is an amazing live band. They are currently touring the U.S. with Def Leppard and Tesla and have definitely made their set one of the evening's highlights. Last year, Styx also toured the U.S. as part of the "Soundtrack Of Summer" concert package consisting of Styx/Foreigner/Don Felder (The Eagles). The band recorded one of their live shows of last year's tour and just released their latest album entitled "Live At The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas."

The hour plus long set was captured in outstanding quality and gives fans a great glimpse into how well Styx are playing live these last couple of years. The set list consisted mainly of their seventies radio hit singles, with a touch into the eighties with "Too Much Tim On My Hands" and "Rockin' In Paradise," both released in 1981. The album begins with a welcome to "The Grand Illusion," before boosting up the energy with "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)." Guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young  trade vocals and display their guitar skills in "Light Up" and "Crystal Ball." Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder joins the band onstage for a roaring version of "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)," before keyboardist/singer takes the lead on the fan favorite "Come Sail Away." The album (and show) closes with a blistering delivery of their 1979 hit "Renegade." This new live album is a great reminder of how good Styx are live and how well their songs have stood the test of time and are important pieces of rock history.

Styx' current 2015 U.S. tour runs until the beginning of October. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new live album "Live At The Orleans Arena, Las Vegas," please visit their website at

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