Sunday, August 26
Kendall Toyota Borealis Theatre
* Price DOES NOT include fair admission
Born in a suburban Chicago basement in the early 1970s, Styx eventually transformed into the virtual arena rock prototype, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.
The band released their first four albums in the early 1970s, but failed break through to the mainstream until “Lady,” from the band’s second album Styx II, started to get substantial airplay in late 1974. The song was soon issued as a single nationwide, and quickly shot to number six on the singles chart, as Styx II was certified gold.
The band signed on with A&M for their fifth release, 1975’s Equinox. Most of their subsequent releases throughout the late 1970s earned at least platinum certification, and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.”
1981’s Paradise Theater became the biggest hit of Styx’s career, selling more than 3 million copies in a three-year period, as the band became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as “Too Much Time on My Hands.” It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
After a hiatus in the 1980s and 1990s, the band’s full-on reunion tour in 1996 became a surprise sold-out success, resulting in the release of a live album/video, 1997’s “Return to Paradise,” while a whole new generation of rock fans were introduced to Styx via songs used in TV ads and shows.
Current band members Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo) have performed more live since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Highlights from recent years include two Super Bowl appearances, chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company, and the release of two more studio albums.
For more information and music samples, visit www.styxworld.com.
Tickets: Concert ticket prices do not include Fair admission.Convenience fees apply.Babes-in-arms admitted for free; children aged 2 and up must have a ticket. During the Fair, concert tickets may also be purchased on the fairgrounds at the Borealis Box Office, adjacent to the Borealis Theatre.
Theatre: The Borealis Theatre is an open-air theatre; shows take place rain or shine. Gates open one hour prior to the show.Re-entry is not permitted. Cameras, recording devices and personal chairs are not allowed.
Seating: There are “wet” (alcohol consumption permitted) and “dry” (no alcohol) seating areas. To enter the “wet” area, you must be aged 21 or older and present a valid photo ID, or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Wheelchair accessible seating areas are available in both the reserved and general admission sections.Please note that there are some concerts with no chairs in the reserved