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STYX

November 14, 2019    Casino Rama    Orillia, Ontario

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LAWRENCE GOWAN

Styx knows how to rock the house as they performed two sold-out shows at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario. The solid 2-hour show illustrated their continued musical prowess. 

Opening with “Gone Gone Gone,” with bassist Ricky Phillips perched atop a platform behind the stage, Styx immediately engaged the sold-out crowd.

Styx performed songs from their entire catalogue, including Mr. Roboto.

Lawrence Gowan has the vocal range that compliments songs in the Styx catalogue. He sang “Rockin’ the Paradise,” and “Come Sail Away” flawlessly with charisma and passion. He also displayed his talents playing the piano backwards, and sat down and played the Elton John classic “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Tommy Shaw had the audience rocking with Styx hits, and with his acoustic guitar treated the audience to an acoustic Damn Yankees performance. During “Miss America,” Shaw belted out intense notes during a particularly emotional section of the song.

James Young’s voice is remarkable and sounded just like the original recordings on “Crystal Ball,” and “Miss America.”

During the show,  original bassist and co-founder Chuck Panozzo was introduced and joined the band for a few songs. 

Styx finished the evening with “Come Sail Away” as the crowd stood up and sang along to the lyrics. They walked off the stage for a short break before the group came back on stage one more time. The finale came with spot-on renditions of “Mr. Roboto” and “Renegade,” two classics in their own right. Styx has once again proven that their music is timeless.

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TOMMY SHAW

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RICKY PHILIPS

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RICKY PHILIPS & JAMES "JY" YOUNG

LAWRENCE GOWAN

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JAMES YOUNG, TOMMY SHAW, CHUCK PANOZZO & RICKY PHILIPS

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