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Foreigner and Styx

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Saturday July 26, 2014 / 7:00pm
Foreigner and Styx
2 tickets
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Overall, a solid 3 for 3 night where each act played condensed sets of their biggest hits and we weren't forced to hear any new chaff off "soon-to-be-released" internet vanity albums. Kind of amazed we were able to see these once-overlord 70s/80s groups for a mere $29 per ticket and happily they all put on energetic and crowd-pleasing shows. Don Felder started things auspiciously as he rolled out almost wall-to-wall Eagles hits and his capable backing band sold them beautifully. Hadn't had big expectations for him but because the material was so unexpectedly familiar and beloved, the middle-aged crowd ate it up. Styx mostly performed the harder-edged Tommy Shaw-inspired portions of their oeuvre, which was also welcome; the light show behind them largely enhanced the experience, though it was a bit blinding at two points. The rocking "Come Sail Away" was surely the Styx highlight; strangely they played it third from last, but the set was solid. Foreigner came last and they crushed it, pure and simple. The band was tight and rocking, pretty good considering the only original member still involved (Mick Jones) only played during the second half. Their new lead singer was able to hit most of the Lou Gramm high notes and was a capable replacement. They only performed one non-hit, ("Starrider" from the 1977 debut LP), but the rest of the repertoire was wall-to-wall late-70s - mid-80s rock/pop staples. The only arguable hits that they missed: Long, Long Way From Home, Dirty White Boy and Say You Will. Jones had an unexpectedly poignant moment when he revealed that Foreigner had first performed in the States at the Greek some 35+ years ago, so this was an emotional return for him. For us, too!

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