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  1. Darby Crash

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    6-28-66, imo
     
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    Man, I had that Betty board. It was great, but Bob told a lot of bad jokes.
     
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    7-7-77 was my 14th birthday, i'm gonna buy the CD today.
     
  4. DRS

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    Great album I bought when it came out. I was 16.
    Great guitar work and songs.
    Nasty wah solo on "Grand Illusion."
    Nobody was more disappointed than me when "Mr Roboto" came out.
     
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    One of the best produced and arranged rock era albums. A lasting testimony to the musical genius of Dennis DeYoung. The dude is an excellent band leader.
    For all those who like Grand Illusion, his work also shines on Equinox, Crystal Ball, and Pieces of Eight.
     
  6. Crowder

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    You must have skipped the "Paradise Theater" album. We should have seen Mr. Roboto coming.
     
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    i saw them on this tour!
    in the jacksonville coliseum,
    an excellent show indeed.
    actually, the last time i saw them live, out of 5 times total.


    guess who opened for them?

    BOSTON.
     
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  8. DRS

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    Good point
     
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    That is a great album, another great one is Styx II.

    Looking back on it, Styx may have been the most popular band in the world in
    78 or 79 or 80. If they werent, it was close.

    Gallup poll in 81 the most popular bands were Queen and Styx.

    I have seen them twice in concert, over 30 years apart, and they were great
    both times.

    If you have never heard Tommy Shaw tell about Dennis coming up with an almost
    Broadway play for Mr Roboto, complete with the band singing acapella and making
    robotic movements, only to be pelted off the stage with beer bottles at a festival,
    you are in for a laugh when you hear it.
     
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  10. Sean French

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    Yes , Tommy laid down two killer wah solos on that album. TGI and Man in the Wilderness. :dude
    Yeah , they lost me with Kilroy. :barf
    Dennis went way to far trying to do "Broadway" with a rock band.
    The themes "lyrically" were certainly valid of the time.
    The songs and delivery of those themes were horrid and killed Styx.
     
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    In retrospect , I agree. However , PT being a "concept" album wasn't a bad thing. Yet. Still had several rockin' songs. Then.... :facepalm
     
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  12. Sean French

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    Happy Birthday a day late. :beer
    I turned 11 three days later. ;)
     
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    Nah, the DDY:TS/JY blend was still fine, and better than on "Cornerstone", but "Kilroy Was Here" was an epic, epic fail.
     
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    The year I graduated high school. We already had our own bands, and I had been over prog 'rock' (not prog, just the rocked up version that was popular during that time) for a while. I had enough of the songs on the radio that I did not need to buy the albums (not that I didn't enjoy some of the songs). There were a lot of bands like that with 70's FM radio.
     
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    Concept albums are sooooo risky. At the very least, the concept itself has to be interesting/appealing to a LOT of people. Most people just aren't going to expend the mental energy to listen intently enough to make it work.

    I enjoy Paradise Theater when it was out, there were just enough songs that stood alone and were enjoyable outside the concept construct. But the concept itself (based around the final night's performance in a historic theater) was pretty thin.
     
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    Happy birthday a day early! :beer
     
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    Styx played at my high school prom when I was a freshman...I didn't go...I was a freshman. They did record at Pumpkin Studios which was down the street from my ole high school. I did see em at another local high school dance shortly after that and I remember them playing at St Xavier college in my hometown just after Lady was released. They always been a fav of mine.
     

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