Live Photos: Styx in Atlanta May 26, 2019

On May 26, 2019, Styx brought The Styx World Tour 2019 to Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Bank. You can find the complete gallery by Chuck Holloway below the review.


James “JY” Young and Tommy Shaw begin their onstage antics

Styx fans are unlike any other breed of musical fandom. We are legion and we are loyal beyond imagining. In the late 80’s and almost the entire decade of the 90’s, Styx could have faded away into obscurity. Instead, the band regrouped, tightened up, and made enough noise to get our attention again.

With the change in the way people began listening to music, Styx reinvented themselves as a touring band that occasionally recorded music, rather than a band that toured on the back of a new album. The model has been a huge success for them. Any given month, Styx is playing somewhere in the US.

This past Memorial Day-Eve, Styx showed up for their annual visit to Atlanta on the hottest day of the year, and lit up (literally and figuratively) the sold out crowd at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre.

Drummer Todd Sucherman (who replaced John Panozzo after he passed away), and bassist Ricky Phillips provided the strong, relentless rhythm, while guitarists JY and Tommy Shaw, and keyboardist Lawrence Gowan, fronted the band. They showed absolutely no sign of slowing down as they jammed through the classics they’ve been playing for decades.

To start off the show, the band came out to the pre-recorded “Overture,” and then launched into “Gone Gone Gone,” both from their 2017 release The Mission.

The Mission is an amazing aural time machine that producer Will Evankovich was able to build with the band to bring the listener back to the greatest era of Styx’s history. The Mission feels like it belongs somewhere in between Grand Illusion and Paradise Theatre. 

Other tracks from The Mission included “Radio Silence” and “Khedive”. If there was one disappointment for me, it was that Styx only performed these three songs from their latest album. I would have loved to have heard “Time Will Bend” or “The Red Storm”.

The set of classic hits included “Fooling Yourself”, “Grand Illusion”, “Lady”, “Blue Collar Man” and “Too Much Time on My Hands”, to name a small portion. Each hit song was greeted by a roar from the crowd and sung along with from beginning to end.

For their finale, as usual, Styx performed “Come Sail Away” from The Grand Illusion. But, it was the encore of “Mr. Roboto” that had the crowd really excited. Hearing the opening keyboards and robotic voice speaking, “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto” brought a roar from the fans that put a gigantic grin on my face… I was not alone!

Many of us, including myself, had never had the opportunity to hear “Mr. Roboto” live, due to the band’s history with their former singer, Dennis DeYoung. In 2018, though, the band caved in to the constant pleading from their fans, and added it into their set as an encore, along with fan favorite “Renegade”.

All in all, the show at Chastain will go down as one of the best Styx shows that this writer has been to. Second only to The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight tour.

If you ever enjoyed Styx, now is the time to catch them live. You will never regret it.

For more tour dates, visit Styx website.


Styx Cadence Bank Amphitheatre 2019

 

Live Photos: Judas Priest & Deep Purple in Atlanta August 14

On August 14, Judas Priest and Deep Purple, brought The Firepower Tour 2018 to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

TAM Photographer Chuck Holloway was on hand to capture the evening.

For more tour dates, visit Judas Priest’s or Deep Purple’s websites.


Judas Priest – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – 2018


Deep Purple – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – 2018

Stone Temple Pilots, BUSH & Tesla The Revolution 3 Tour 2018 At State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park August 7

On August 7, Stone Temple Pilots, BUSH and Tesla, brought The Revolution Summer Tour 2018 to State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain 

TAM Photographer Chuck Holloway was on hand to capture the evening.

For more tour dates, visit STP’s, BUSH’s or Tesla’s websites.

Stone Temple Pilot’s – Chastain Amphitheater – 2018


BUSH – Chastain Amphitheater – 2018

Fleetwood Mac at Phillips Arena Dec. 17

Photos by Chuck Holloway

Even an hour before the doors were scheduled to open, Atlanta’s massive Phillips Arena was already packed. Women in top hats and scarves were everywhere, members of the Stevie Nicks coven. A huge crowd surrounded the merch table, eagerly forking over $45-$50 for a single T-shirt. Any crowd this large is going to be loud, hundreds of people chattering at once, but there was a distinct buzz in this mob. Excitement, anticipation.

One gets only a few opportunities to see legendary bands, especially bands with members pushing seventy and known for internal strife. That’s why Fleetwood Mac’s “On With the Show” tour sold out Phillips Arena. Everyone wanted to see the classic lineup of Mick, Lindsey, Stevie, John and Christine, the lineup responsible for Rumors and Tusk, at least once.

The show was supposed to start at 8 p.m., but most of those in attendance didn’t find their seat and settle down until just before 8:30 p.m. when the lights finally started to dim. Nicks’ phoned-in performance of “Rhiannon” on last year’s season of “American Horror Story” may have left some fans apprehensive about the concert, and it’s even more surprising that Nicks gave a big shout out to the television show onstage considering her lackluster appearance. But any misgivings were quickly put to bed once the music started.

The excitement of Christine McVie’s return filtered into the stage performance and the entire band brought its A-game. Fleetwood Mac ran through all of its most popular songs, adding the Christine-centric numbers like “Songbird” and “Little Lies” back to its repertoire. Nicks’ Wonder Woman spin may have slowed a little over the years and her vocal register is a little lower now, but her voice has only grown huskier and bluesier. On signature songs like “Landslide,” she didn’t hesitate to go big. Even more impressive is the ferocity with which Mick Fleetwood still attacks his drums. The stubby white ends of his drumsticks looked more like mallets from the stage as the man hammered his kit mercilessly. Even in the cheap seats, every hit could be felt in the gut. Lindsey Buckingham only ever left the stage once during the two-plus hour show and his hands were blurs during his frenzied “Big Love” performance.

The stage setup was impressive. A massive video screen dominated the back of the stage and the lighting rig included three smaller video screens that could be individually lowered. These screens added an extra dimension to the stage, projected out toward the audience and occasionally dropped so low that they hung just above the heads of the band members, bathing them in light. The backing musician had their own little raised platform toward the back of the stage, causing them to be silhouetted against the video display.

Buckingham and Nicks were fond of introducing songs with little stories about themselves and/or the song. These introductions were interesting, though often digressive. During one such story by Nicks late in the show, the impish Fleetwood pranced up behind her wearing a shawl with bright red boots and top hat. He spun around in circles and pantomimed behind her. “I can get away with it,” he said. “She knows I love her.”

The “On With the Show” tour is a love letter to the fans. From content to quality, the show felt tailor made to please the audience. This is a rare chance to see an eminent band deliver an outstanding performance. It is absolutely a must see concert. New dates have recently been announced and Fleetwood Mac will be returning to Phillips Arena on March 25. Get tickets while you still can.

Gallery – Fleetwood Mac at The Phillips Arena 2014

Photos by Chuck Holloway

Concert Review of Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on April 27, 2014

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

 

Story by Jemille Williams Photos by Chuck Holloway

Sweet Home Alpharetta

 

After a picture perfect day Sunday, the bottom fell out a couple of hours before showtime at Verizon Amphithetre and made prospects dim for a comfortable evening for Alabama‘s All American Tour. There were still a good many empty seats when Will Hoge took the stage, but the sky stayed clear and everyone enjoyed a beautiful spring evening. It was cool enough not to need the huge overhead fans.

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Hoge is typical of so many artists who have a great sound, but just somehow have missed that big break that propels them to the big time. With any luck, his exposure to legions of Alabama fans will give him the bump he needs. His group served up a heapin’ helpin’ of Southern-fried rock ‘n’ roll sounding a good bit like Tom Petty with top notes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, especially on Craig Pair’s piano work in “Suitcase Full of Empty Dreams” and the Oak Ridge Boys, when they sang an almost a cappella “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with just an acoustic guitar accompaniment.

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

The band definitely had a good beat that you could two-step to it. The audience grew more respectful and less chatty as the show wore on, as they were clapping along on the last couple of songs. The enthusiastic drummer Ron Killen, was similar to Coldplay’s Will Champion in both technique and appearance. Jessie Isley’s bluesy guitar work was reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan on the moving “When I Get My Wings.” Of special note was the rousing cheer when he introduced bass guitarist from Snellville.

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama Superstars Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook took the stage to a roar from the crowd. Owne had the faithful well in hand, at times getting them to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care and occasionally inciting couples to slow dance in the roomy rows at Verizon.

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama opened with a spirited “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (Ya Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” with Cook sawing away on a neon green instrument that looked more Stratocaster than Stradivarius. On many songs they fielded six guitars!

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Alabama made mention of their latest album, Alabama & Friends, released last year and even took a tweet request of “Old Flame,” and dedicated a song to a couple, who like the group itself, was celebrating a 40th anniversary.

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama performing at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on 4/27/14

Alabama gave no less than four encores, rounding out their two-hour performance, which was full of their greatest hits. After a moving rendition of “Angels Among Us” Owen ended the show shouting “Peace and Love!”

 

Full Photo Gallery of Alabama