by Paul Byrne | Read Junk

About 14,000 people gathered at the beautiful Bethel Woods Center For The Arts on a hot July night to see formerly hugely popular acts Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla perform their hits. I say “formerly hugely popular” acts, but judging by the capacity crowd that came to see them at the Woodstock site on a hot summers night you would easily be forgiven for thinking that these bands were/are still as relevant today as they were in their respective hey-days. Bethel woods, of course was home to the iconic 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, and today is the site of this state of the art and well groomed venue...

Styx, of course were greeted like Heroes, They got straight down to business as soon as the curtain fell, which, as soon as it did hoards of fans came rushing back to their seats- the line for the $13 beers can wait! Though not their original singer, Lawrence Gowan owned the songs and the audience throughout their set. Arguably the highlight of their set was the Medley of hits they played from Elton Johns ‘Rocket Man’ to Queens ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into Otis Reddings ‘Sittin’ On the Dock Of The Bay’ which had the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs….from there they (or he- Lawrence Gowan) went into Styxs’ biggest hit ‘Come Sail Away’ which had a deafening singalong from the audience. They finished with ‘Renegade’ which was also very well received but no ‘Mr. Roboto’ for some strange reason.

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