It was an evening of highs and lows last night for Styx as the group teetered from interesting melodies to the mundane.
Dennis DeYoung was the obvious bright spot in the troupe from Chicago as he glided across the keyboards in the love ballad "Babe." His vocals were met with thunderous screams. The scene was repeated later when he played a white baby grand piano and belted out "The Best of Times." His singing was good and the words understandable.
While introducing "Snowblind," guitarist James Young laughed at the notion that the tune may have a satanic message. He was right. The devil would have nothing to do with it.
"Too Much Time on My Hands" brought the Capital Centre crowd of 10,700 to its feet. "Don't Let It End," another sappy love song, finished the first of two sets before introducing "Dr. Righteous," the sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll counterpoint to the Moral Majority. It was a theatrical piece, something in the manner of the Who's "Tommy," well-staged and choreographed, yet the music sounded too good to be live.
An overly long jam in "Cold War" from the new "Kilroy" album appeared to lose the crowd's interest.
Back on the high notes, Styx returned to theatrics and rock medleys, ending with a version of "Twist and Shout."