Styx, Foreigner, & Don Felder | 06.08.14

live styx_smForeigner slowed things down with the epic “I Want to Know What Love Is,” complete with a black-robed choir and the backing vocals of almost every audience member.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis

live styxSounds of Summer Tour made its way to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 8. The tour, featuring Styx, Foreigner, and ex-Eagle Don Felder, is one the major tours hitting amphitheaters this summer. Opening the show was Felder, Grammy winner and principal songwriter of The Eagles for 27 years. With him having penned most of The Eagles biggest hits, it was quite a great surprise to find Felder playing most of those hits. Opening his set with “Already Gone” and another major hit, “One of These Nights,” Felder delivered a night of nostalgic, yet still very relevant classic rock. With a set consisting of mainly big Eagles hits, he closed his show by inviting Tommy Shaw of Styx on-stage with him for the mega-hit, “Hotel California.” Felder still rocks with the best of them, and probably always will.

Next up were mega hit-makers Foreigner, again delivering a set of all hits. New lead singer Kelly Hansen, from the ’80s glam band Hurricane, did a spectacular job. Opening with “Double Vision,” Foreigner has become almost an entirely new band, with only founder Mick Jones left from the original lineup. After raging through stellar hits “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” and “Juke Box Hero,” they slowed things down with the epic “I Want to Know What Love Is,” complete with a black-robed choir and the backing vocals of almost every audience member. You could hear this song from highway 70! Founder/guitarist Mick Jones was introduced and came to the stage mid-show (he has suffered health problems for a few years) and played until the last song, the uber-hit “Hot Blooded.” Honestly, Foreigner was awesome! This is one band I would go see again.

Headlining this tour was the iconic Styx. With Tommy Shaw leading the band, sans Dennis De Young, Styx opened with “The Grand Illusion,” and then grabbed the audience with the super hit “Too Much Time on My Hands. “Age has served the members of Styx well, and the band seemed elated to be doing what they do best: rock! Every song they played was a hit for the band and a total sing-along for the crowd, including chart-toppers “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Lady,” “Blue Collar Man,” and many more. It was hard to stay seated when each song was a winner. After an extended version of “Come Sail Away,” Styx left the stage as the audience demanded an encore. They returned with “Rocking’ the Paradise.” Of course, they saved the best for last, playing “Renegade” before saying goodnight and the lights coming up.

While it was chilly and raining, Don Felder, Foreigner, and Styx made quite an enjoyable package. The three artists were also raising money for Shriners Children’s Hospital, with the sales of a special CD consisting of a recording of the tour live.

Artists, entertainers, and gentlemen, this was a great show. If you love classic rock and you missed this show, hang your head in shame, and be sure you are there next time! | Marc Farr

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