June is here and the outdoor concerts are underway! After a long and brutal Chicago winter, many Chicagoans would consider an 82 degree evening off the Lakefront without a cloud in the sky to be paradise. And what better way to be Rockin in Paradise than at a STYX concert!
This last Friday, June 6th, at First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, STYX & FOREIGNER joined up with Don Felder of the Eagles for The Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014.
Don Felder began the evening before I had a chance to get there however I am told that I missed many of my favorite Eagles songs. Don’s set list included Eagles songs as ‘Already Gone’, ‘One of These Nights’, ‘Those Shoes’, ‘Seven Bridges Road’, ‘Witchy Woman’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. Other songs included ‘You Don’t Have Me’ and ‘Heavy Metal’. By the time of his encore he had the crowd in the palm of his hands with ‘Hotel California’.
After a short intermission, fans were ready again to go back in time and get their Foreigner fix. Opening with ‘Double Vison’, Front man Kelly Hanson was a ball of energy. His stage presence is very similar to Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. His energy remained through the entire set list as he continued to pump up the crowd.
Other songs on setlist were ‘Head Games’, ‘Cold as Ice’, ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’, ‘Feels like the First Time’, ‘Urgent’, ‘Starrider’, ‘Juke Box Hero’.
It was a monumental night for the Elk Grove High School choir as they joined the stage and performed ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’. The choir handled it spectacularly with such amazing talent. Encore followed with ‘Hot Blooded’.
By this time, I already feel as if I saw a great show and had an amazing night however the night was still young as I anxiously awaited for STYX to hit the stage. Opening in a grand way, ‘The Grand Illusion’ began the show.
The band sounds as flawless as they did back in the mid-seventies with timeless hits such as ‘Too much time on my hands’, ‘Foolin’ Yourself’ and ‘Lady’.
After ‘Light Up’ and ‘Crystal Ball’, STYX performed ‘Superstars’ with Tommy Shaw coming off stage and jammin’ his solo while walking right past us into the crowd.
Following was ‘Blue Collar Man’ which then led into the Lawrence Gowan Medley to feed us all some classic rock favorites such as ‘You Cant Always Get What You Want’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Another Brick in the Wall’.
‘Come Sail Away’ was the crowd swaying song of the evening followed by confetti falling from the sky for ‘Rockin The Paradise’ and encore ‘Renegade’.
This is my second year seeing STYX at Northerly Island and it is one that I will be sure to see again if they roll through Chicago. They are a timeless classic rock band that puts out an amazing performance and really has you Rockin In Paradise. “The Soundtrack of Summer 2014” could not have been more perfect of a title for this tour!
~Sheri Archambeau Knowles
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