Styx brings’ 70s art and sound to life back on the Strip


Tommy shaw comes from a place where the art of releasing a rock album flourished beyond music.

In the 1970s, you see, the album cover was an integral part of the creative process.

“You know, we’re a bunch of guys who grew up watching album covers when we were teenagers,” says Shaw, the frontman of Styx, which returns to the Venetian Theater at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “And by doing that, you were reading the lyrics and listening and seeing and hearing new things every time you played them.

“This is one of the reasons I really like the early Styx records, because we recorded them in a way that you can feel during the listening experience.”

This influence is felt even in the group’s latest release, “Crash of the Crown”.

“There’s a density and a real snap, to everything on the album,” Shaw says. “I love the sound, it sounds like an album. I love the album art, because when you look at it over and over again, you see things that you didn’t notice at first. You read the lyrics, then you notice something on the cover that’s there because of the lyrics. It’s, ‘Aaaah, I see.’ ”

Shaw asks, “Have we overdone it? Probably not. “And he admits,” There are a couple of things on ‘The Mission’ album that no one has ever said they found. We call them Easter Eggs.

“The Mission” was released in 2017. The band performed selections from the album at their last show in Las Vegas, at the Pearl at the Palms in January 2020. Joining Shaw on guitar and vocals is James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Chuck panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussions), Laurent Gowan (vocals, keyboards) and Ricky phillips (bass, guitar, vocals).

The group has created a new set list and a new stage production for the shows of The Venetian. “The Grand Illusion”, “Blue Collar Man”, “Miss America”, “Crystal Ball”, “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade” are in the list of advanced sets.

“It’s mostly classic stuff, but we’re adding some of these songs that keep you in touch with what we’re doing,” says Shaw. “And if you haven’t heard the new album yet, I think you’ll like it.” Listen to it and watch it.

Cool Hang Alert

“Nik at Nite” is back at the Piazza Lounge at Toscane Suites. Veteran Piazza Showman Nikolas Mastrangelo presents this salute to Sinatra and many other Great American Songbook flag bearers from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday. The group is great, with Patrick hogan on the keys, Bob sachs on bass and Boris Shapiro to the battery. It’s a trip back in time, no mandatory fees but tips encouraged.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Dr Miriam Adelson, the majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.

John Katsilometes column is published daily in section A. His “PodKats! podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] To follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @ JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.



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