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July 31, 2010 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, WA

"Front Stage Baby" Concert Review by Art Rusche

   Wow (how many times do I say "Wow" after a FSB concert?), but WOW!!

I was able to get Row 1 Premier Section tickets at the Emerald Queen Casino which was the section right in front of the stage!  They changed the Premier Section layout so that these tickets were right in front of the stage. No room for anyone to squeeze in front of us and we had the tribal police making sure no one could!  My sister Peggy and I went for our sixth Styx concert in a row. Most of them has been near the stage, but for this one we were leaning on the stage!!  It is such an awesome experience!! There was one stage monitor speaker that was just to my right, so I had a bit of ringing there afterward! WHAT! :))

Styx opened up up the evening at this Sold Out Standing Room Only concert with a medley of old tunes: Borrowed Time, Superstars, Mr. Roboto, Rockin the Paradise & Pieces of Eight. We were standing from the first song on, leading the audience in participation. Hands in the air and jumping up and down!  Tommy Shaw's mic was a few feet in front of us, stage left and he frequently leaned over us to play to the audience.  Several times I had to point my camera straight up! (picture to right)

Styx played several songs we have not heard in the past few tours. Tommy did the acoustical intro to his wonderful "Crystal Ball". He also played "High Enough" from his Damn Yankees band. The amazing Lawrence Gowan only gets better as the keyboardist and voice to Dennis DeYoung's songs. His voice on "Lady" and "Come Sail Away" sounded great!  His cover of "I am a Walrus" is still a crowd favorite and always fun. Founding member James "JY" Young was the consummate showman on his lead guitar and always does his "Miss America" strong!  Ricky Phillips was animated on bass backed up with founding Styx bass player Chuck Panozzo. On drums, Todd Sucherman played loud and proud with gusto!  Styx are still a very tight band and rocked out on each song of the set list!

Now back to the Front Stage Baby...... Wow! So from the first songs, each performer played to the crowd in front of us several times..... When Ricky played in front of us the first time I swear he mouthed "Wow" when he looked at Peggy! 

We were covered in Red, White and Blue confetti as the confetti guns were just few feet above our heads. Both Peg & I got Tommy guitar picks and I got the set list off the stage!!

It was so enjoyable to be right in front of the stage with drinks under our chairs and to be able to sit down a couple times for aStyx Setlist Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, WA, USA 2010 minute to have a drink and soak in the experience!!

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After the last encore everyone came down and shook our hands, it was quite a night!

And now the pictures....

This was the debut of my new Fujifilm AX200 compact camera. I haven't retired my Olympus UZ500 yet but I can sneak this into more places... :)) 12 megapixels 5X optical wide angle zoom and it can also take 720p HD Video!

I bought this camera just hours before the concert and did not adequately figure out all the modes... :o
so most of my shots were made in it's Full Auto mode which did not give me the right shutter speed.
I also took some of the first pictures with my HTC Ozone SmartPhone. I was able to snap a few good ones!

Enjoy my pictures below as much as I did taking them!          ~Art :))

At the very front of the stage                                Front row staging with sister Peggy 

Tommy Shaw:

Picture taken straight up!                                              Tommy right in front of us!

James "JY" Young:

At stage level!

JY jamming over us!

Chuck, Ricky and Tommy                                                                Ricky & Tommy

Tommy "frick'n" Shaw                                                                      JY           

Lawrence singing "Come Sail Away" as the confetti canons explode in our faces!


The traditional after concert Styx giveaways!!

JY signing autographs:

Curtain call!

Lawrence Gowan, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, James "J.Y." Young, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips

                                     Ricky Phillips                                       My finger pointing to Chuck and Todd leaving the stage!

Toooooo fun and amazing!!

Live is best and Front Stage Baby is better!

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This was another in a line of GREAT
 concert performances!!

Front Stage Baby!!!!!!



Photos 2010 Arthur D Rusche


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