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  1. Ron - I could not agree with you more on your review. I have been a STYX fan since I was 17 - and this recording is as close to anything I have ever heard that captures the "STYX" magic. I have not watched the Blu-Ray yet (I got my Amazon pre-order of both the Blu-Ray and CD/DVD package yesterday) - however I have listened to the CDs. You are right - the sound is amazing - perfectly mixed with so many nuances added. I am still amazed that Dennis sings actually better now that he ever has - his voice is one of my 2 favorites of all time (the other being the late Freddie Mercury). The addition of August Zadra, Jimmy Leahey have made a big difference. I am a guitar player since 16 and Tommy Shaw is my idol. I will have to say (I know Dennis does not like the fans taking sides) but this sounds way better than STYX with Gowan. The difference is that Dennis' voice cannot be replaced. August is no Tommy Shaw - but he is pretty damn close and is an amazing Guitarist/Vocalist. As far as your opinion about whether you should buy it or not - most definitely. It is worth every penny to purchase both - mainly the CD/DVD version for just the CDs. I heard Dennis is strongly considering making a new album with this band. I can't wait to hear it. Long live Rock and Roll!
  2. I agree Rockboy. That when Tommy joined Styx it took them to the next level... and it took Tommy to that level as well... Without Styx, Dennis et al... He would most likely not enjoy the fame he has today... He bacame a brand(Tommy Shaw the musician) because of the brand Styx... As far as them getting together again... I hope it never happens... listen to "Bourgeois Pig" on Cyclo"rama"... I simply cant see how Dennis can ever appear with them again after this clear slap at him... its one thing to say things in the press.. its another to put an insult into permanance by adding it to an album... plus the revisionist history on the website... The current Styx has sunk the brand with this behavior. I no longer respect it... Agreed - the bridge has been badly burned. However, they are making a FRACTION of the money and fame they could have if they all got back together again. I know Dennis is open to the idea - I think Tommy and JY figure it is not about the money anymore at this point. It's too bad. With no disrespect for Gowan - he has a decent voice - he is not Dennis. After all isn't Dennis the 38th greatest rock vocalist of all time? Not only that - I love the songs on 100 Years From Now. If they don't get back together I want: Dennis - more new solo albums or DVDs of performances with his new band Tommy - make another CD with Jack Blades (covers again like Influence or an original like Hallucination)
  3. It's been awhile since I have posted - thanks to Ron for emailing us for the heads up that VH1C was airing this. I DVRed it and watched it tonight. I pretty much agree with Mr.Roboto571985 in that Dennis was what made STYX great - and Tommy (although he is my idol and I love him since I am a guitar player) became a rock star by joining STYX. He might not have ever become famous. Conversely - STYX went from a good band to a GREAT band when Tommy joined. I totally disagreed with Tommy in that because they did a ballad or two on Cornerstone and Paradise Theatre, they were going all ballads. The Barry Manilow comment was way off base. There were plenty of rockers on those albums too. I think First Time was just as good as Babe and JY's solo in it was awesome - one of my favorites to play along with Tommy's solo in Don't Let It End. They achieved great balance in the songs then. I think I said this before (maybe not) I went and saw STYX in 2003 when they did the Cyclorama Tour in 2003 at West Palm Beach Amphiteatre - that iteration had Glen on Bass. Although they were good - they weren't great. That was the last time I have seen STYX and will not see them again. To me (and I have a feeling that many of you do too) - that STYX is not STYX without Dennis DeYoung. Also STYX is not STYX without Dennis, Tommy and JY. I am also wondering if I should get the 2 DVD set of Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight performance - not really sure yet. Having been in about 10 bands before (and 3 that performed and made money) I can relate to Dennis' interview that being in a band is like your Mother, Mother-in-law, Sister and Aunt all in the kitchen at once trying to cook Thanksgiving Dinner. Pretty tough. Still - I really hope they will all get back together again once more. Rockboy, Delray Beach, FL
  4. Two Dennis songs I can think of off the top of my head that definitely have a Key Change: Borrowed Time With Every Heartbeat There are probably more ...
  5. (Apologize for the delay in getting my review posted) Dennis played at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Friday January 18th. It is a fairly new facility - I had not been to downtown Fort Lauderdale in a couple years, that Riverwalk area has been revitalized and it was nice. I had seats 10 rows back from the stage, it was excellent. They opened with Grand Illusion, then did Desert Moon - with Tom doing a really cool extended guitar solo at the end. Castle Walls was awesome, and they did Pieces Of Eight - one of my favorite Dennis songs - with a really nice Orchestra Section in the middle. They did most of the standard show stuff - Rick Snyder played the piano along with the Orchestra. I did not know who the woman singer that was at the show, she was not listed in the artist section of Dennis website. Amick Byrum sang along with Dennis on Ave Maria and With Every Heartbeat and was fantastic. He has an amazing voice. When they did Heartbeat - the very end they reversed with Dennis singing the secondary parts (like Mike Eldred did on the DVD). They also had another guitar player - again - he was not listed on the website either. Speaking of Amazing Voices - I have seen STYX about 15 times over my life and I have never heard Dennis sing better. He was powerful and right on pitch. It was an impressive display of some great singing. He did an all English version of One Hundred Years From Now - it was awesome! Can't wait for the English version on CD. They did Private Jones - since I had only heard it that one time, I don't remember it well - other than the fact that it was a kick-ass rock song. As someone stated - they redid the last chorus and ride-out sections after they finished the song, because Dennis said they messed up a part. I wished they did some more new ones, like Breathe Again and Rain. Dennis was very entertaining and talked to the crowd alot. The place was sold out - most people were STYX fans, and liked all of the Classics like Lady and Babe, Don't Let It End, Come Sail Away and the Best Of Times. The crowd sang along with all of those - and Dennis said how well we all sang. He said that in the 70 times he has done this show - this time when they did Lady - everyone kept right on singing the Lady Choruses right through the Ballero part at the end. It was pretty cool. He remarked that he always enjoys Florida - especially since it was 5 degrees when they left Chicago that morning and we were having our normally perfect weather (it was 82 that day). It was Dennis and Suzanne's Anniversary - and when he did Babe - they did a little dance together during the middle instrumental section. My personal thoughts of the show - the theatre setting is a great place for the show. There were things I did not like. The Rock band music was really loud (which as a musician I personally liked) but it drownded out the Orchestra. The Orchestra could only be heard when the band wasn't playing fully, like in the quieter parts and Orchestra Sections. It was not balanced like the DVD. Also the band in parts was the loudest thing - sometimes over Dennis voice too. The quality and acoustics were great, just balancing. It could be that I was so close to the Stage - perhaps it was better in the back of the theatre. The show started a little after 8pm and they took a 20 minute intermission at 9:30pm. The show ended at 11pm with Come Sail Away as the Encore. As I talked with people during the intermission, I mentioned if they did not have the new 100 Years From Now CD (they were selling the Canadian Import at the show) that it was his best solo album for sure (IMO) and to buy it! When I get a chance to see Dennis again - I will. I loved the show! -Rockboy Delray Beach, FL
  6. Rockboy

    Hi There

    Hello ... I decided to sign up here because I like the discussion and info here, and I went to the Ft. Lauderdale show on 1/18 (see review section later) and looks like you want to know how it was! Basically I have been a STYX fan since I was 17. My best friend was a keyboard player and I was learning guitar at the time, when he heard about Dennis because of his progressive use of Synthesizers. He bought the new Equinox Album which we wore out (went through 2 copies!). Mother Dear was our favorite. When Crystal Ball came out, Tommy Shaw has been my idol ever since and I know most of his songs and most all STYX songs - and have avidly followed them since 1976. Back then, I would always go to the record stores every month in hopes that a new STYX album was there. I first saw them at the Miami Jai-Lai in December 1977 when they kicked off the Grand Illusion tour. Since then, I have been to all the original STYX shows for the albums Pieces Of Eight through the Kilroy Show. They always kicked off their US tours in January at the Hollywood (Florida) Sportatorium. STYX has always been one of the best LIVE shows I have ever seen. I lived up north between 1984 and 1994 near Chicago before I moved back home in 1994 - and was fortunate enough to attend the STYX show for the Edge Of The Century Tour with Glen in June 1991 at the World Theater in Tinsley Park (just miles from Dennis house). That was the night John got married on stage between the show and the encore. It was cool that Chuck mentioned it in his book, and I was actually there! I also saw Damn Yankees at the Rockford Metrocentre while I lived up there. I went to the reunion tour STYX shows at the Coral Sky Amphiteatre in West Palm Beach in July 1996 and July 1997 with Todd on Drums. Awesome shows! I saw them again in 2003 for the Cyclorama tour with Lawrence and Glen. While they were good, STYX is not STYX without Dennis, Tommy and JY. I hope they get back together for one last time. Although after seeing Dennis now, he is doing just fine and singing better than he ever has - which is evident on 100 Years From Now which is his best solo work (I think anyway). I got the CD when I went to Toronto last year on a business trip. Dennis was to perform at the Kravitz Center in downtown West Palm Beach in October of 2005 and was eagerly looking forward to seeing him solo for the first time, however, a storm called Wilma disrupted our lives for two weeks and cancelled the show (we didn't have power for 10 days, thank God we had a generator!). I guess you could call me a hard-core STYX Fan ... I think I have rambled enough for now :-) Rockboy - Delray Beach, FL
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