Photos of Styx at the Paramount Theatre - Reverb

Photos of Styx at the Paramount Theatre, 01/30/13 (review)

Led by frontman Tommy Shaw, American rock band Styx brought its hair band progressive rock stylings and squealing synthesizer solos to the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday night.

Like most bands of the era, Styx is a patchwork quilt of talented musicians who have broken up and reassembled for reunions and benefits only to break up again. Styx is without lead songwriter Dennis DeYoung and drummer John Panozzo, who died in the mid-’90s. Tommy Shaw, who left the band in the late ’80s to peruse projects with “The Damn Yankees,” has returned to lead the group.  The only member who can claim being a part of every Styx album is guitarist James “J.Y.” Young. The good news is, these politics are all lost when the music starts to play. The fans come for the music, and Styx delivers.

Fueled by Shaw’s energy and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan providing the back bone of the Styx sound, the band cut through its discography, playing hit after hit, including “Lady,” “Lorelei,” “Fooling Yourself” and “Come Sail Away.”

Styx returned to the stage to fulfill a encore request with “Rockin’ the Paradise,” and “Renegade.”

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Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

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