by Musician Photo Journal

photo by Nadine Swiger

The Palace Theatre was more like the Paradise Theatre for fans in attendance at the Styx concert in downtown Albany NY, as the dynamite Classic Rock band performed a solid double set of classic rock anthems!

They rocked the house with hits like “Grand illusion,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Fooling Yourself,” “Blue Collar Man,” Lorelei,” “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Crystal Ball” and many others. The crowd was on their feet from start to finish. I don’t think there was a single soul not dancing the night away! They threw in a few surprise tunes as well when they paid homage to the late David Bowie – playing “Space Oddity” and a rendition of “Life on Mars/ Changes.” They even did their version of the Beetle’s tune, “I Am the Walrus” before ending the night with an encore of “Rockin’ the Paradise” and “Renegade.”

One can’t help but take notice of Styx’s extreme talent. From Lawrence Gowan’s piano solo to the ripping guitar riffs of James “J.Y.” Young and Tommy Shaw, their spot on vocals and harmonies, with great rhythm of the bass and drums Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman – it’s no wonder why this band has stood the test of time! There are no tracks playing in the background; it just five musicians (and sometimes six when original bassist – Chuck Panozzo, joins them on stage) playing their instruments the way a live show should be – solid, tight and spot on!

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