. And the Music Of STYX Live In Los Angeles [2 CD/DVD Combo] Live
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Los Angeles FM radio giant 100.3 The Sound aided in show promotion with morning show host Uncle Joe Benson offering tickets to listeners in limited supply, just 20 seats available to winning entrants. In just a few short hours of the show s announcement, tickets sold out at an astounding fan appreciation price of just five dollars. With gratitude to fans that have supported DeYoung over the years, the show was truly a gift of thanks to long-time fans that haven t seen him perform outside of Styx in Los Angeles, ever.
With doors slated to open at 8:00 pm, fans started to line the sidewalk on Wilshire Boulevard with tickets in hand hours beforehand. They were all buzzing about what songs the band might perform.....not even their wildest expectations came close to what they would get absolutely, positively blown away by.
The amazing stage set was designed by DeYoung s son. Through the black backdrop shone multiple gemlike circles that glowed from one side of the stage to the other like a blanket of stars with the colors of the rainbow. Neon-like spots aimed both high and low rained down an array of light that swept over the audience. Packed from the front of the stage to the back of the house, the inside of the El Rey seemed more like a night at the Forum in 1985; just bigger than life and ready for broadcast.
Opening the show with The Grand Illusion, the band performed for an hour and a half, and saw DeYoung joyously and playfully interacting with the crowd. On two occasions he was handed items from the audience that he shared with fans. One was a copy of the Styx Paradise Theater album, on vinyl, and another was a fan-made sign requesting a personal song favorite Desert Moon.
AXS-TV brought in a 25+ foot boom arm and 8 cameras to capture the magic of the show and the house production offered simply the most crisp and well perfected tone the band could create for a night that fans are going to cherish owning documentation of!
Top Customer Reviews
My first impression of Dennis’ new record was, “Oh my god, these guys rock!” It’s true that Dennis can’t belt out his voice like he used to, and I detect his timing is a little off in a few places, but this is probably the best live version of Styx I have ever heard! Dennis really put together a great band and his guitar players are excellent rock musicians. Not only can they play Tommy and JY’s guitar parts, their vocals are equally impressive.
My only complaint about this record is the omission of “Miss America.” I don’t know why Dennis doesn’t want to perform that one, maybe there’s a legal reason or some kind of loyalty to JY, but it is sadly missed.
Unfortunately for Styx fans, we have to accept the division between Dennis and Tommy and enjoy modern Styx in one or both of it’s current forms. I have given up hope for a reunion, and I don’t think we will ever see a single Styx again. That being said, Dennis’ version is awesome! This record nails the Styx live experience and is probably the most “true to the original records” show I’ve heard form any version of Styx.
The only complaint I have is that Dennis only touches on his solo career once with "Desert Moon" and completely skips over his most recent release "100 Years From Now", an album that contained some really great songs.
Other than that, leaving "Rockin' The Paradise" off the DVD (though included on the CD) seems a bit of a misfire, but the rest of the show rocks so much you'll hardly notice it's missing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this after watching DDY in concert in Tahoe and I tell you, this dvd/cd combo is the next best thing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tic Mall
I'll bet Styx wish they still had Dennis as lead singer - this is a Styx fans dream - he may look like my Grandad but he can still sing like an angel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dennis DeYoung proves once again that he's a top-notch performer with his amazing songs and beautiful voice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't listened to the CD, I was mostly interested in viewing the DVD. I am an avid Styx fan. The band is pretty impressive, and you could almost say this is a Styx cover band... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Agent Ferret
So I am rewriting my review. The first song didn't quiet work for me, because the way Dennis sang it, and how the band played it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Capt. Colorado
This one is ok, it seems as though Dennis is trying to make money from Styx logo and songs.Published 12 months ago by John C Andrews III