OK, so the band made No. 6 on GetBack.com's "Bands That Need To Break Up Already" Top 10 list. I doubt this fact will bother the members of Styx, or the still large and enthusiastic group of fans eager to see, hear and support the band.
If the demand is still there, as it clearly is in the case of Styx, well, why break up? Love 'em or hate 'em, last I checked -- two years back at the Erie Country Fairgrounds -- Styx still plays very well as an ensemble, and is obviously giving fans exactly what they want.
What the fans want, naturally, is a whole bunch of the old stuff, and Styx isn't stingy with it.
Though original vocalist Dennis DeYoung quit -- or was asked to pack up his perm and hit the road, depending on who you ask -- back in 1999, Styx rebounded gracefully with the addition of keyboardist/vocalist and all-around entertainer Lawrence Gowan. Since then, the band has been on the road all but continuously, offering a set that blends pieces of all its biggest albums, and throwing in the occasional new bit as well -- the relatively recent interpretation of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus," for example, is now a standard part of most Styx concerts.
Styx kicks off a two-night stand inside the Avalon Ballroom, Niagara Fallsview Casino, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Remaining tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
-- Jeff Miers