Rock legends STYX made their return to Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA Friday night on Cinco de Mayo. This SOLD OUT show comes just over a year from their last appearance at Parx. Photos from the show follow this review.
STYX have been at the music game for over 50 years and yet their current album, 2021's "Crash of the Crown" made it to #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Album Charts in July 2021. Seeing such a monumental band such as STYX perform live the concert goer is treated to a high energy, extremely fun set of hits played with the timing and precision these musicians have honed on stage throughout the years of performing together.
Long time guitarist Tommy Shaw and founding member and guitarist James 'JY" Young are a powerful duo on stage. Hearing the icon riffs in "Renegade" or "Blue Collar Man" performed live...instant goosebumps. Guitarist Will Evankovich is a newer member of STYX and when the three come together on a tune like "Come Sail Away" (after the soft opening) the sound is monstrous!!
Founding member and bassist Chuck Panozzo joined the band on several songs, including the 39 second "Lost At Sea" which leads in to the aforementined classic "Come Sail Away". Keyboardist and singer Lawrence Gowan fuels the show with his boundless energy, rotating keyboard, and masterful vocals. The guy is simply fun to watch! His solo performance of "Khedive" is a stunner as are those impactful spots in such STYX hits as "Too Much Time on My Hands", "Mr. Roboto", "The Grand Illusion" and of course "Come Sail Away" and "Blue Collar Man".
Drummer Todd Sucherman celebrated his birthday this evening at Parx and with Shaw on acoustic guitar the Bensalem, PA crowd joined the band in singing "Happy Birthday" to Todd. Yes, a birthday cake was brought out but wasn't big enough for the SOLD OUT crowd...LOL. Bassist Ricky Phillips (formerly of The Babys, Bad English, and Coverdale/Page) doesn't get that spotlight moment during the show but he sure sounds phenomenal and on a tune like "Renegade" adds the low end that live sounds dirty and mean!
The current STYX tour has them on the road for most of the year so go to styxworld.com to find when they're coming to your town. A tremendous show that wil have you singing and dancing to the songs you have enjoyed for many years from STYX.
Blue Collar Man
The Grand Illusion
Crash of the Crown
Our Wonderful Lives
Rockin' the Paradise
Too Much Time on My Hands
Lost at Sea
Come Sail Away
James "JY" Young
Photo Credit - John Doan