On Thursday, November 11th, Mike Arnold and James Downing of Concert Blast reviewed the Styx concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN as they made a stop on their Grand Illusion / Pieces Of Eight tour.
This was a different and unique concert as Styx performed two sets and an encore. Set one was nothing but the entire Grand Illusion album in order and set two included only the Pieces of Eight album in order.
As the lights went out in the auditorium, the huge video screen backdrop displayed words in a “Star Wars” fashion as the words described the night to come in a humorous manner using phrases as 33 1/3 years ago (the speed a record player would play a LP record).
After the story to setup the night, the video switched to a teenager’s bedroom, which focused on a turntable setting on a table. Beside the turn table were a box of albums. The video showed the teenager going through his record collection including, Boston, Journey, James Gang, and Styx. He pulls out his Grand Illusion album and sets it on the turntable. He then puts the needle arm on the record as the audience heard the hiss from the album’s intro. At this time the band walked out on stage and with JY pointing to drummer Todd Sucherman, he starts a drum beat to lead the band to start the show with the title track from The Grand Illusion.
As the band performed the songs from the album, the video screen changed graphics to match each song, usually in animation.
Once the songs from the album’s side one finished, the video focused back on the turn table to see the needle arm at the end of the record. Tommy Shaw yelled, “What do we do now?” Which the crowd replied, “Turn it over!” The teenager on the video screen did just that and the band continued with playing the songs on side two.
This brought the band into about a twenty-minute break. When the band returned from the break, the video went back to the record player as it showed the teen put the album, Pieces of Eight, on the turntable. Set two was performed in the same fashion as set one, but with different songs and video graphics.
The end of set two brought the end of the show, before the encores. The crowd wanted more and they got it as the band returned to the stage to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday celebration by performing their version of the Beatles song, “I Am The Walrus,” from their all cover songs album, Big Bang Theory. Tommy Shaw asked the audience if they could play one more and they did as the band closed out the night with “Too Much Time On My Hands.”
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