Styx Live At The City National Civic in San Jose, Ca 3/17/2016
- Photos By Joe Azevedo
- Published March 18, 2016
Styx is an institution as well as a helluva band. The group, which started in Chicago in 1970, had its first big hit in 1973 with "Lady." But its heyday began in the late '70s as they reeled off a series of Top Ten singles, all in a style that mixed '70s progressive flourishes, hard rock, pop, and theatrical lyrics into a meld that was all their own. Superstar drummer Todd Sucherman joined the band in 1996 after the death of original drummer John Panozzo and he has been a mainstay of the group ever since. DRUM! caught the band and Todd during a recent show in San Jose, California on St. Patrick's Day. The band swept through their serious songbook of hits like Genghis Khan sweeping across Asia, taking no prisoners. The volume and energy was high, and they played some obscure tunes as well and included tributes to David Bowie and Keith Emerson, both recently passed. Stux stays on the road much of the year so you might want to catch Todd in action when he gets to your city.
Todd's office with furniture by Pearl and Sabian.
Original bassist Chuck Panozzo showed up for a few tunes with guitarist James Young.
Who says Tommy Shaw has lost his rock star moves?!
Though not exceedingly complex, Styx songs are arranged with grandeur and built from cyclical structures that include A,B,C,D, or even E parts, and sometimes multiple soloists. Todd keeps them on track and on time.