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Loverboy was excellent! Mike Reno’s voice is still in pretty solid shape (although I hope he gets into better shape - we need you around Mike!), and you could tell he and the band were having a lot of fun! They nailed it in their 45-50 minute set. Styx literally blew the roof off the place!! (If there had been a roof that is :). Studio quality sound on every song. High energy. Vocals were perfect! They should be touring and doing a 2 hour set as a headliner. That’s how great they were! Tommy Shaw changed guitars 7 times. Gotta love it. REO - yikes! I love them, but they were a big disappointment. Cronin’s voice showed it’s age. You could feel the cringe in the crowd after watching how good Styx was. Cronin’s voice needs more backup - alone he can’t carry it. They should have been the opening band. Go see Styx - and Loverboy. Stick around for REO unless your Uber is waiting.
Mark from Phoenix, Arizona
STYX, LOVERBOY AND REO.
I thought Loverboy was great. Tough to be a lead singer for their tunes, although I admire the attempt. Styx came next and were exceptional. Just what I was hoping for. Simply amazing. REO played third- I remember listening to their stuff in the 70's and loved them. Not so great now however. I will say that the acoustics were pretty poor at the AK-Chin Pavillion in Phoenx. Hard to sound good with metal roofing over a large part of the venue.
Stan The Fan from Toronto, Ontario
5 STARS FOR STYX - 3 FOR REO - 3 FOR LOVERBOY
Hometown hero Lawrence Gowan, the piano-playing, jig dancing and frequent lead vocalist of Styx, was the unchallenged star of the evening, as the band he joined after giving up his solo career (“A Criminal Mind” - performed at the concert - and many more) returned to Toronto to headline a 3-band show with 1980s’ Canadian hit rockers Loverboy and REO Speedwagon.
I’ve seen Styx before Gowan and with Gowan several times, but never was he (or his predecessor, Styx co-founder Dennis De Young) such a centrepiece of the band’s show before. His gregarious comments, sylph-like sweeps across the stage, piano fills, powerful vocals and physical gymnastics helped the the band through a near 2-hour set of mainly the best known songs from their glittering catalogue of music.
From the opening “Rocking the Paradise” to the final encore “Renegade”, Styx had the 15,000 in attendance on their feet all night.
Loverboy opened with a solid set of hits and curios, and REO followed - not very exciting.
John from Toronto, Ontario
GOOD, NOT GREAT (BUT FANTASTIC WEATHER)
Loverboy - started slow, but Mike's voice got stronger as the show went on and ended up very strong. With several anthem songs, great way to start.
REO - Still great vocals after all these years, but at times a bit weak on guitar. They like to play a "heavy" set now, almost feels like they shun the hits, but enoyable.
STYX - Gowan is an amazing technical singer, but he just does not bring the necessary emotion to Styx songs. You see that when he does his own Criminal Mind, which was the highlight. For the rest, it feels like a really good cover band, it never feels quite right.
Dana Larsen from Indianapolis, Indiana
UNITED WE ROCK CONCERT REVIEW
Wet night, but weather cleared up for the show overall.
Don Felder sounded really good, played the best Eagles tunes all
night. Well worth the price of admission just for his set.
REO Speedwagon just needs to retire and give it up. Terrible vocal
performance, backed by a band that was simply going through the
motions. Almost painful to watch the singer trying to keep a tune,
and find the right notes.
Styx sounded excellent, and played the best songs from their long
career. Band started playing late, and had a short set due to the
time cutoff of the venue.
Overall, it was a really good concert. Better weather would have
made it a much more pleasant experience, but no one can control
Don Felder and Styx are highly recommended.
REO Speedwagon I would not recommend, even for a county fair
Tim from Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 OUTTA 3 AIN'T BAD
Don Felder's vocals were crisp and clean and
his presentation of Eagle's songs was spot
on. Of course it was great to see him play
leads on all those great songs.
REO was a disappointment. Muddy sound
and weak vocals. Not the REO from not so
Styx was awesome! Tommy Shaw's vocals
were spot on and absolutely powerful.
Showmanship and quality musicianship all
around. New tune Radio Silence very
enjoyable. A great live band!
My first concert at Van Andel. Great venue
for a concert.
Cathy from Irvine, CA
The only reason I bought tickets to this concert was to see REO Speedwagon. I love their songs. Lover boy and Styx were just add ons.
Turns out that Loverboy and Styx were far superior to REO. REO did a few of their hits and they did a great job, but played 2 indulgent, looong songs that no one knew and sucked the life out of the crowd. I left feeling disappointed
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