For over 45 years, Styx has been among the greatest musical acts in America, if not the world. With an arsenal of rock and roll hits to keep radio going for the next century and an energetic stage show that never fails to entertain, the band remain classic rock icons. On Wednesday, August 22nd, Tommy Shaw, James ‘JY’ Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, and Ricky Phillips will hit the Western Idaho Fair. The concert is free with the purchase of your fair tickets, and seating is first come, first serve.
Gates open: 6:30 pm
Showtime: 7:30 pm
One can scarcely turn on a classic radio station without hearing one hit or another from Styx. The band has churned out so many multi-platinum and gold albums throughout its legendary career that creating a setlist for any given tour must take the band to task. Hits like “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights),” “Lady,” and “Come Sail Away” are almost locks to be performed, along with fan favorites like “Miss America” and “The Grand Illusion.” Despite this wealth of vintage ear candy, Styx has continued to make new music as well, and 2017’s The Mission (the band’s first new studio album in 14 years), fits right in with the signature sound fans expect from the guys. Tunes like “Radio Silence” and “Gone Gone Gone” have already become concert staples. The band, which also includes original bassist Chuck Panozzo, took its time to craft a record worthy of the group’s canon of work.
The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who). “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since Pieces of Eight.”
As founding guitarist James “JY” Young continues,:
In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, Grand Illusion, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I’m very excited.”
Styx remain one of the hardest working group’s in music, performing over 100 dates a year. This is the Chicago sextet’s first appearance in Boise in support of The Mission, so grab your fair tickets, a cold one and some funnel cake, because it’s time to get Rockin’ the Paradise once again.