Def Leppard w/ Styx
Pensacola Bay Center
May 02, 2016
Def Leppard kicked off their 2016 summer tour last night in the Florida panhandle. The majority of the tour will feature support from Tesla & REO Speedwagon, but opening for Def Leppard last night was Styx. I was pretty bummed that Tesla wasn’t there, but I knew going in that they wouldn’t be.
I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing Styx. Obviously, they have a great catalog of singles, but I’ve never owned an album by them and thus didn’t really consider myself a fan. They won me over last night with their 10-song set list. It really is true what they say, songs sound better live than what you hear on the record. I don’t consider Styx to be a heavy sounding band but after listening to them in concert… wow.
I have a greater appreciation for their music and lead vocalist & keyboardist Lawrence Gowan is a phenomenal entertainer. He sounds exactly like Dennis DeYoung, whom he replaced in 1999. He was a non-stop ball of energy dancing, running, and jumping around at all times. I highly recommend anyone who can to go see Styx live. I wouldn’t mind seeing them again myself.
Typically, Def Leppard also performed well. This was my third time seeing the band and their performance is pretty flawless and the stage production is always well done. In fact, Joe Elliott sounded better at this show than he did when I saw the band in 2009 and 2011.
My issue with the band is the same one many fans have had for years: they play the same songs every tour. It’s the same greatest hits set list every show and I could go without them playing their cover of “Rock On”. At least they threw in two songs from their recent self-titled album.
Set list complaints aside, this was a great concert experience overall as both bands put on a first-rate show.
Styx set list:
“The Grand Illusion”
“Too Much Time on My Hands”
“Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”
“Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”
Tribute to Prince & David Bowie: “1999” / “Changes”
“Come Sail Away”
“Rockin’ the Paradise”
Def Leppard set list:
“Let It Go”
“Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”
“Let’s Get Rocked”
“Pour Some Sugar On Me”
“Rock of Ages”