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2006-04-08 – Styx

Band: Styx
Venue: Casino Rama, Rama ON
Date: April 8, 2006
Tour: Big Bang Theory
Support: None

Intro / Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) / Grand Illusion / Lorellei / Too Much Time On My Hands / Lady / Snowblind / I Am The Walrus (The Beatles) / Suite Madame Blue /  Put Me On > Light Up > Mademoiselle > Heavy Metal Poisoning > Midnight Ride > Sing For The Day > Shooz > Queen Of  Spades > Great White Hope > Half Penny, Two Penny > Borrowed Time > Superstars / Mr. Roboto > Rocking The Paradise > Castle Walls > Man In The Wilderness > Put Me On (reprise) > Grand Finale / Crystal Ball / A Criminal Mind / Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)  / Miss America / Come Sail Away

First Encore:

I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles cover) / Renegade

Members Of The Band:
Tommy Shaw (Vocals and Guitar)
James Young (Guitar and Vocals)
Lawrence Gowan (Keyboards and Vocals)
Todd Sucherman (Drums)
Ricky  Phillips (Bass, Guitar and Vocals)
Chuck Panazzo (Bass and Vocals on “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”, “Come Sail Away” and  “Renegade”)

Comments: It’s funny that some bands, at a certain point in their career do the Casino concert circuit. Aerosmith have played Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Connecticut a goodly number of times over the years, as well as The Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, but those are in addition to other venues. The last two times i have seen Styx it was at Casino Rama. Styx have played Casino Niagara on any number of occasions as well. If you live in or around Toronto and want to see Styx these days, those are your options.

Not that I have anything against Casino Rama as a concert venue. It’s not the best place to see a live band but it is far from the worst. In 2006 Rhonda, a co-worked named Theressa and I attended this show about an hour and 40 minutes north of Toronto. The show was it’s usual high energy self, with long time Styx stalwart Tommy Shaw and Lawrence Gowan taking turns as ringleaders of this particular musical circus. As usual, Gowan sang A Criminal Mind from his Strange Animal record. I’ve often wondered how often he gets to play that tune when Styx are touring any other country other than Canada.

A real highlight for me was a medley of 16 classic Styx tunes, assembled by drummer Todd Sucherman. Another was the appearance of original Bass player, Chuck Panazzo for three songs. Chuck has been living with HIV for a goodly number of years and can’t tour full time with the band anymore. He does make fairly regular appearances for a handful of songs. It was a nice treat that he did so on this night.

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