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08/27/2016

Styx unleash ‘Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas’ Blu Ray on the heels of Vegas residency announcement

By RUBEN MOSQUEDA // Lawrence Gowan is a fantastic singer, stellar keyboardist and even better showman. Gowan has worked into his role in the band nicely. In fact, at this point in time there are kids that have discovered Styx and only know that this incarnation of the band exists.

Styx split with founder Dennis De Young several years ago and while most were quick to pan a Styx without De Young; one must admit that Lawrence Gowan has worked into his role in the band nicely. In fact, at this point in time there are kids that have discovered Styx and only know that this incarnation of the band exists. Gowan is a fantastic singer, stellar keyboardist and even better showman. Unless you've been living in a cave for the past several years, Styx is alive, well and touring consistently. The current lineup is comprised of Tommy Shaw [vocals/guitar], James “JY” Young [vocals, guitar, keyboards], Todd Sucherman [drums], Lawrence Gowan [vocals, keyboards], Ricky Phillips [bass, backing vocals], and on select dates Chuck Panozzo [bass].  

Hot on the heels of Styx’s announcement of their upcoming Las Vegas residency [in January of 2017]; Styx unleash their latest Blu Ray which is a companion to the live album they released in the summer of 2015.

Filmed in 2014 ‘Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas’ is a brilliant representation of what present day Styx sounds like; they’re dynamic, bombastic and even more charismatic than you remember them. All members are top-notch musicians in their own right so you can only imagine what happens when they come together. ‘Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas’ features the hits; “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Renegade,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Blue Collar Man,” and their signature song “Come Sail Away,” amongst others. Styx is alive, well and selling nostalgia and they do it all so brilliantly. While ‘Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas’ won’t win them back any of the De Young fans that left when the wedge was driven between band and singer; it’s certainly worth your hard earned money.

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