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Styx

Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas BluRay

Review by Gary Hill

I have to say that Styx is a pretty amazing band live. If anything, they are better today than they were in the 70s. At least that's the case to my ears. Sure, you can quibble about the fact that Dennis DeYoung is no longer with them. For my money, that's at least a wash, and possibly a good thing. DeYoung seemed to be moving the band more and more into an almost Broadway show tune direction. Now without him they can really rock. And, they do it with a lot of style.

Seeing Styx in person is the best option. This new BluRay comes in a very close second. This performance is incredibly strong and the video and audio quality delivers. They also got something right that so many seem to get wrong. So many times when there is a concert video like this, you'll find the concert cut with interview segments. This video gives you the option to play the concert straight through without the interviews. It's such a simple navigation thing, but so many mess that up.

 

Overall, I'd have to say that this is a great release. I would have loved for their to be an audio CD included, but what we get here is exceptional without it. There are bonus features, but the real substance is the concert. If you love Styx, you'll love this. If you haven't seen them in a while and want to know what you've been missing, you'll also want this. Personally, I think Styx seems to be a band that gets better with age. I'm happy to have this release.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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