Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Crossing STYX

I went to a concert in Albuquerque last night that I normally wouldn't have -- STYX and Peter Frampton.

You read it right. STYX and Peter Frampton.

I was never a big Frampton fan, but I had a college roomate, Joe Sedowski, who always played Frampton Comes Alive. And as far as STYX goes ... I've always been more of a Journey man ... (Not really. I always hated this whole prog/clog lite hair metal stuff)

I'm sure you're wondering why I'd go to such a show when I'd never buy CDs by these guys and would never play them on my radio shows.

The answer of course is the one I probably could use for half the stupid things I've done in my life.

A pretty girl asked me to.

But at great risk to my hipster cred, I enjoyed the hell out of the show. Frampton just seemed to be having a great time playing his songs. And he sounded good too.

As for STYX, well they were ultra cheesy -- entering the stage all
five in a row behind the drumer riser, their hair all blowing in the wind as the smoke machine is blowing and the light shines orange on them to swirling synth music. Straight out of Spinal Tap.

But they broke like the wind, and I have to admit they were good bitchen fun. They're all good showmen and the band was tight.

And even though I'm not real familiar with their music and don't know the names of most their songs, I was surprised how many tunes and riffs I recognized. Some of that stuff must have sunk in subliminally through the years. Since I never knew that much about the band, it didn't bother me that many of their original members are long gone.

Their climatic version of "Come Sail Away" had it all -- disco ball, confetti. Almost good enogh to make me forget the Southpark version. I loved it!

My only complaint is that they only played a brief section from "Mr. Roboto" as part of a medley.

As a self-confessed music snobs, my advice to others is let's not be so smug all the time. Sometimes you just gotta come sail away!

I hear Kansas is coming to one of the casinos around here ...

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