'Styx - Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas'
(Styx / Blu-ray / NR / 2016 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Filmed during the massively successful 2014 Soundtrack of Summer Tour, 'Live at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas' features Styx performing a career-spanning set list before a highly energized crowd.
Blu-ray Verdict: Here on the vibrant, colorful, loud, but always spectacular 'Styx - Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas' Blu-ray, Styx performs such classics as "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Renegade", "Fooling Yourself", "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights", "Too Much Time On My Hands" and even "Rockin' The Paradise".
It's a massive spectacle of a show here on the Las Vegas stage, but not one that differs much from anything they have done live, at arenas and venues all around the world for the past 40 years, in truth. Styx live has always been a great show. I last saw them "open" for Def Leppard two years back now and they were, from start to finish, incredible. Simply INCREDIBLE live.
Joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Felder on the aforementioned "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" the Blu-ray also features in depth interviews with the band and crew to give the fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on a Styx show on a nightly basis.
01. "Too Much Time On My Hands"
02. "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"
03. "Light Up"
04. "Crystal Ball"
06. "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)"
07. "Rockin' The Paradise"
09. "Genki Desu Ka"
Sure there are only nine tracks here, and sure you'll be craving triple that amount well before the Blu-ray has come to an end, but the rock band from Chicago, who became famous for their albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s, are still on top form; and ensure that each and every track they choose for this set hits home for their legion of fans.
To which, Styx not only bring their powerhaus hits to the fore, but include some lesser radio played cuts out to play here also. From their fifth album, Equinox, we get the first single released, 'Light Up', which they most perfectly back with both 'Crystal Ball' (the title track second single from the same-named sixth album), and then 'Superstars' (an album track from their seventh album, The Grand Illusion). They even end on a rather randomly-chosen (although I'm sure it is far from such) ending track from their fourteenth album Cyclorama, "Genki Desu Ka", which is a rather nice touch for us fans.
Combining everything the band is best known for re: melding the style of pop rock and hard rock with the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theater, 'Styx - Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas' on Blu-ray is a little slice of visual, and aural musical heaven.