FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, CA on 5/30/2018
Review and Pictures: Joe Schaeffer
The band formed in Chicago in 1972 and currently consists of founding member and guitarist/vocalist James Young, guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, drummer Todd Sucherman and bassist Ricky Phillips. Still on occasion original bassist Chuck Panozzo joins them on selected shows.
Styx opened up their Summer Tour this evening in Irvine, CA. 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of their Triple Platinum release “Pieces of Eight”. They were joined by Tesla and co-headliner Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on this cool spring evening.
The set opened with “Gone, Gone, Gone,” a track from their latest studio album “The Mission” which was released last June. Their sound on this album is an unrepentant throwback to the bands late-’70s prime. “Radio Silence” and “The Outpost” were also performed from the new disc.
On this evening Styx delivers one heck of a performance. With songs like “Grand Illusion”, “Miss America” and “Too Much Time On My Hands”, to name a few. Styx had the crowd pumped throughout their entire set, and even got the fans singing along to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Chuck Panozzo joined the band for “Fooling Yourself” and “Come Sail Away” which brought the set to a close.
The crowd was treated to a stellar performance of their 1983 hit “Mr. Roboto” during the encore. It was noted that was the first performance of the song since 1984. “Renegade” ended this misty cool night.
The tour continues Friday in Concord and rolls on until mid July.
Styx / Joan Jett With Tesla Summer 2018 Tour
5/30 – Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheatre
6/1 – Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
6/2 – Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
6/4 – Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/5 – Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6/7 – Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
6/9 – Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6/10 – Dallas, TX, the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
6/12 – Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
6/13 – Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 – Raleigh, NC, Costal Credit Union Music Park
6/16 – Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
6/17 – Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/27 – Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/28 – Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/29 – Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/30 – Hershey, PA, Giant Center
7/3 – Montreal, QUE, Place Bell at Laval
7/4 – Toronto, ONT, Budweiser Stage
7/6 – Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/7 – Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/8 – St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/10 – Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
7/11 – Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/13 – Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/14 – Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
7/15 – Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
Setlist – May 30th, 2018
Gone Gone Gone
Blue Collar Man
Rockin’ the Paradise
Too Much Time on My Hands
Bohemian Rhapsody (snippet)
Come Sail Away
The complete album of photos can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jschaef00/albums/72157697485196135