STYX leaves Montreal swooning! – BraveWords


Everyone had marked this date on their calendars because Styx was finally back at Place Bell in Laval. It was no surprise that the first of four concerts at “La belle province” was sold out. For the occasion, Juno winner David Myles was chosen as the opening act.

There aren't many people there when David Myles takes the stage with his keyboardist and guitarist. The New Brunswick native immediately charms the fans with his French interactions. Even though many fans are still sitting in their seats, he slowly but surely gains more attention with each song. His folk-jazz music is very catchy and he got the crowd clapping along during the song “Devil Talking.” Leith Fleming-Smith is excellent on the keyboard and even has his moment in the spotlight with a beautiful solo. David charmed the hearts of many fans with his interactions and even joked that performing in front of 8,000 fans was like any other show, but you could see that he enjoyed every second of his time on stage. The fans gave him a great feeling during his last song (“When It Comes My Turn”) when they clapped their hands once again. This surprised not only David but also someone else in the building who accidentally turned on the hall lights in the middle of the song.

The Place Bell was now full when Styx began their show with “The Grand Illusion”. The crowd was livid and you could tell that this was going to be another special night. The band quickly followed with “Too Much Time On My Hands” and the fans sang the chorus and immediately clapped their hands. Tommy Shaw even pointed at Lawrence Gowan during the line “Is it any wonder I'm not a criminal?” I thought that was a nice, subtle, ironic move between the two.

Terry Gowan (brother of Lawrence), who was recently appointed as the band's new bassist, feels right at home on stage and you can see that he already has great chemistry with the other musicians. Original bassist Chuck Panozzo came on stage for the first time during “Lady” and received a very touching reception from the audience. The hits follow one another as fans are overwhelmed by “Lorelei” and “Miss America” ​​before the band plays the title song of their latest album (Crash Of The Crown). You can see that the musicians are enjoying their time on stage. James Young tells the audience that they may have heard the next song once or twice and asks them to sing along if they know the lyrics. The lights dimmed and he started playing the guitar melody of “Suite Madame Blue”. You can feel the shivers run through you as people turned on their phones. Lawrence was quick to add after this song that the audience was the best and that it was always a pleasure to play here. The band took the time between songs to wish Mark Petrocelli, Todd Sucherman's drum technician, a happy birthday and even got the crowd to sing along.

As usual, Lawrence chats to the audience in French and has fun with the other musicians who don't quite understand what he's talking about. The audience gets very loud again as soon as he starts the keyboard intro of the timeless “Criminal Mind”. It's very easy to get hypnotized by Lawrence as he is so dynamic on stage and forget about the excellent guitar work of James Young or Tommy Shaw.

With so many hits in their career, their setlist is basically a series of singles that keep the crowd singing and clapping from the first song to the last. There is a little breather as Lawrence shows off his keyboard talents on the song “Khedive” before doing a short duet with Chuck Panozzo on the song “Lost At Sea.” They ended their set with 'Come Sail Away' and almost everyone had their phone out to record the song. There were almost more lights on the floor than on the stage. The traditional Olé, Olé, Olé started as soon as the band left the stage, bringing them back pretty quickly to play 'Mr. Roboto' and “Renegade.” For the occasion, Lawrence wore a Montreal PWLH jersey instead of a traditional Habs jersey. I thought that was a very nice touch to celebrate this new hockey team.

The love story between the crowd and the band continues and everyone left the Place Bell again with a big smile.