Styx - Detroit, MI - November 29, 1976
Location: Detroit, MI
Venue: Ford Auditorium
Source: Audience - B+
Dennis DeYoung ñ vocals, keyboards, accordion
John Panozzo ñ drums, percussion
Chuck Panozzo ñ bass guitar, vocals
James Young ñ vocals, guitar, keyboards
Tommy Shaw ñ vocals, guitars, mandolin, autoharp, talkbox
02. Put Me On
06. Light Up ->
07. Suite Madame Blue
09. Midnight Ride
10. Guitar Solo
11. 22 Years
Styx was the middle act this night for the WABX's working man concert promotion with Graham Parker & The Rumour as the opening act and Kansas headlining. This particular show captures Styx touring in support of their Crystal Ball album and is the first tour to feature Tommy Shaw on guitar.
This Styx bootleg, recorded at Detroit’s Ford Auditorium on November 29, 1976, is from the Crystal Ball tour and is only about an hour long since the band was sandwiched between Graham Parker & the Rumour and Kansas on the bill that night. I’m guessing time restraints kept Shaw’s acoustic guitar in its case since he didn’t perform “Crystal Ball,” the song that earned him his spot in the band. But even though he was the “new guy,” he got to front two songs, the rocking “Shooz” and the Queen-esque “Mademoiselle.” He was also given the chance to wank around a bit on a solo.
Another notable aspect of this gig is Dennis DeYoung’s organ work. You may have dismissed him in the past as some sort of torch singer with a piano, but in reality the man was — and, I assume, still is — one kick-ass rock keyboardist.