By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS
Styx were one of the those arty bands you listened to through headphones, sitting on the edge of your bed, basked in the eerie black-light glow while trying to get inside of their hypnotic album cover.
It was in the late 70s when the boys really found their sound with the classic albums The Grand Illusion (1977) and Pieces of Eight (1978).
Led by founding member Dennis DeYoung and relative newcomer Tommy Shaw they would hit the charts with songs like 'Come Sail Away,' 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),' 'Renegade' and 'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).'
But for a true Styx fan it was necessary to listen to the whole CD. The band took this a step further by performing November 9, 2010 at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, and playing song by song, both these albums in their entirety for the first time.
My friends at Eagle Rock Entertainment had the foresight to capture this event on DVD. The DVD also includes the bonus feature 'Putting On The Show,' an inside look at the people and equipment needed to stage such a massive spectacle.
They announced that they'd also be touring the UK'with Journey and Foreigner in 2011.
Dennis hadn't played with the rest since 1999. The rift was over the remaining members of the band, who were using the Styx name without his consent. The suit was eventually settled with the agreement that DeYoung could bill himself as 'performing the music of Styx' or 'formerly of Styx.'