7 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.

Styx shares a prog-rock dream bill with Yes on Sunday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Styx shares a prog-rock dream bill with Yes on Sunday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Location Info


Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

I-70 & Earth City Expwy.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Maryland Heights


$16 to $159. 314-298-9944.

Styx vs. Yes: Both progressive rock bands excel at expanding pop songs with an operatic scope. While Yes penned dungeonmaster-approved musical quests through time, Styx was ballsy enough to perform its conceptual robot record Kilroy Was Here as a stage musical during its concerts. Winner: Styx. Both bands can wail, but Yes guitarist Steve Howe outshreds Styx's Tommy Shaw. Winner: Yes. Neither band's current lineup contains its original singer; the members of Styx stepped up to share lead vocal duties to replace Dennis DeYoung while Yes plucked Benoit David from a Yes tribute band after founding frontman Jon Anderson became too ill to tour. Winner: Benoit David. Styx wrote "Renegade"; Yes wrote "Roundabout." Winner: tie. Styx and Yes are co-headlining a date at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Winner: St. Louis.

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Stix was good, in fact, sounded almost exactly like their old record releases, but I could have watch and listen to YES all night! They were incredible!!! Even Benoit David was a good choice for replacing Jon. I must admit I was a little dissapointed that Rick's son wasn't on keyboards... that would have been interesting, but Geoff did a great job on keyboards - (although there were a few time where I couldn't hear his organ parts). Truly enjoyable....

Travis Bickle
Travis Bickle

1. It was ridiculous that Yes opened for Styx. Are you kidding me? Only in the midwest. Yes is by far the most talented and internationally recognized band. It was weird hearing the opening band play last.

2. I think Yes still played for a hour and a half, and Styx barely filled out a 75 minute set. Yes had to chop a half hour off their normal set from other cities when they play second too.

3. I like a lot of Styx songs (although most of their best stuff was penned by Dennis DeYoung), but Yes' professionalism and musical chops were so far superior to Styx's boy band posing and slick leather jacket presentation it was embarrassing in comparison. I didn't know rock bands in their 50s still did the "use the guitar as a phallic symbol thing".

4. Styx did have more of an appeal to the chicks with their simpler pop hits and stage hamming, but its sad that many people still can't appreciate more sophisticated and demanding music that requires more patience. I noticed that even during the better Styx songs from the 70s that were more 'progressive', even the Styx fans weren't quite as into them as they were the simpler song and response pop hits.

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