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Rocking the USA!
....What an awesome show! Journey was amazing as usual and EVERYONE was on top of thier game as expected. Neal is a genius and the Star Spangled Banner was nothing short of perfection. When Journey, Styx, and REO Speedwagon roll into your town for a "Classic Rock's Main Event." Each band is responsible for tracks on the soundtrack to your life, and each is touring without key members. Journey is missing lead vocalist Steve Perry (replaced by look-and-sound-alike Steve Augeri), REO Speedwagon is without lead guitarist and co-songwriter Gary Richrath, and Styx lacks co-lead vocalist/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, as well as rhythm section brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (Chuck is battling AIDS; John passed away in 1997).
...Many would reason this is no substitute for the genuine article, but Shaw makes a case for all the bands: More than one member created the music. In Styx, and it wasn't just DeYoung who wrote, but also Shaw and guitarist-vocalist James "JY" Young, who sang lead. Journey and REO operated similarly. The groups continue because they still have an audience, be it for best-of rockers and ballads, or new stuff.
...."If you wanna start sayin' 'they don't have original members,' you have one man there who, as far as I'm concerned, is the ultimate original member," Don't worry about sellin' records. Just keep doin' what you're doin,' because there are people out there that wanna hear the next note that you write.'" So for those people, Journey /& Styx- hough they could have called it a day when the original fabric began to fray in the late '80s-kept recording and touring.
.... These band's latest hits manages to harness the songwriting and musicianship of yesterday classics. The Grand Illusion despite the achievement, Styx doesn't claim to expect matching commercial success. "I think people make the mistake that we expect to be selling out five nights at the Forum like we did back in the day. But that's not our expectation. If that happens, wonderful. That's great in the meantime, we're having this wonderful career.
.....But if you can sustain that and continue to grow, and the music continues to be something that a certain part of your fan base looks forward to . With Journey's "Separate Ways" or REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feelin." or Styx's Snowblind." Maybe it's time to just dig in and enjoy the music. It was a awesome show with no regrets just straight up Rock N Roll.

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...... By Randy Cohen

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