Wednesday, February 23. 2011
|by Robin Lardie - Staff Writer & Photographer|
A sold out crowd at the new ACL Live venue downtown Austin welcomed Styx last Saturday night.
Let me first go on record as confirming what you may have previously heard about Austin's new flagship music venue: it's beautifully designed, every seat in the house boasts a great stage view. Add state of the art sound system and a doting staff and I'm confident ACL Live will quickly become your new favorite venue.
Hard to believe that Styx (Current lineup: Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Ricky Phillips- rumored to be an Austinite himself, Todd Sucherman and Lawrence Gowan) have been tearing up the stage since 1970.
Having had four consecutive multiplatinum releases in a row in their early career easily lent itself to a setlist I lovingly call "all killer, no filler". I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm and gusto brought by each member. With tight performances like Saturday night it's plain to see why renegades of all ages turn up to rock out with Styx.
To check out the schedule of upcoming ACL Live shows, visit their web site at http://www.acl-live.com/.