Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Classic Rock Reigns At HEB Center

Classic rock filled the air on July 31, 2017, as three acts of epic old-school rock royalty brought their United We Rock tour to the stage at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The acts, REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Don Felder entertained the ageless crowd with songs straight from the heart of their youth.


REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon was formed in 1967 when keyboardist Neal Doughty and college friends Alan Gratzer, Mike Blair and Joe Matt started to jam together in the dorms at University of Illnois. The band was named after a flat bed truck Doughty studied in school.


REO Speedwagon


Bruce Hall, Neal Doughty, and Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon



REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million records, released 16 studio albums, and charted 13 Top 40 hits including "Keep On Lovin' You," "Take It On The Run," "Can't Fight This Feelin'," and more.



Kevin Cronin


Bruce Hall

Neal Doughty


Dave Amato


Bryan Hitt


The lineup for REO Speedwagon has changed quite a few times over the 50 years since it was formed, except for one constant - keyboardist Neal Doughty. He is still rocking along on the keys and piano on each of the bands songs.  Neal is joined by long-time bassist Bruce Hall who joined the band in 1978 and lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Kevin Cronin who joined in 1972.



Neal Doughty


Kevin Cronin


Bruce Hall


Kevin Cronin



The newer members of REO have still been with the band longer than most bands now days even exist. Lead guitarist, vocalist Dave Amato joined REO in 1989 and drummer Bryan Hitt joined in 1990.


Dave Amato


Bryan Hitt



Setlist For REO Speedwagon:
Don't Let Him Go
Keep Pushin'
Can't Fight That Feeling
Tough Guys
Whipping Boy
That Ain't Love
Golden Country
Building The Bridge
Take It On The Run
Time For Me To Fly
Back On THe Road Again
Ridin' The Storm Out

Encore:
Keep On Lovin' You
Roll With The Changes



Bruce Hall


Dave Amato


Kevin Cronin


Dave Amato


Kevin Cronin





Styx

Styx was formed in 1972. Brothers Chuck and John Panozzo and friend Dennis DeYoung originally founded the band Trade winds and then TW4 before changing the name to Styx in 1972.
Styx has released 16 studio albums including 4 consecutive albums which were certified Multi-Platinum.


Styx


Styx


Lawrence Gowan and Ricky Phillips


James "J.Y." Young and Tommy Shaw


Ricky Phillips and James "J.Y." Young


Although the lineup for Styx has changed some over their extensive career, several of the members have seen long careers with the band. Founding member Chuck Panozzo still performs with the band on occasion, playing bass and singing backing vocals on some selections.  James "J.Y." Young, who joined the band in 1970 before the name change to Styx, plays guitar and sings lead and backing vocals.


James "J.Y." Young


James "J.Y." Young


Guitarist and lead vocalist Tommy Shaw originally joined the band in 1975 and performed with them through 1984. After a break for the band and Shaw, he rejoined in 1995 and continues to rock each performance.


Tommy Shaw


Tommy Shaw



Drummer, percussionist Todd Sucherman joined Styx in 1995 for their comeback to the music world. Keyboardist and vocalist Lawrence Gowan joined the band in 1999 after the departure of longtime frontman Dennis DeYoung. The newest member of the group is bassist, guitarist Ricky Phillips who joined in 2003.


Todd Sucherman

Lawrence Gowan


Ricky Phillips



Setlist for Styx:
Gone Gone Gone
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
The Grand Illusion
Lady
Light Up
Radio Silence
Miss America
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
       with Chuck Panozzo
Too Much Time On Your Hands
Khedive
       Lawrence Gowan interlude
Bohemian Rhapsody/ Golder Slumbers
       Lawrence Gowan solo
Come Sail Away
       with Chuck Panozzo

Encore:
Rocking The Paradise
Renegade
       with Chuck Panozzo


 

James "J.Y." Young


James "J.Y." Young and Tommy Shaw


Lawrence Gowan


Ricky Phillips


Ricky Phillips, James "J.Y." Young, and Tommy Shaw


James "J.Y." Young





Don Felder

Opening the evening was Don Felder. Don is a musician and songwriter best know for his work as lead guitarist for the legendary band, the Eagles. Felder co-wrote several songs for the Eagles including what might be their mot famous of all time, "Hotel California."  Felder performed with the Eagles from 1974 until 2001 when he left the band after a dispute with some of its members.


Don Felder


Don Felder


Since then Felder has been on the road as a solo act.  In 2016 he was inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame.


Don Felder


Don Felder


Setlist for Don Felder:
Already Gone
     (Eagles song)
One Of These Nights
     (Eagles song)
Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride)
Seven Bridges Road
     (Steve Young cover)
Witchy woman
     (Eagles cover)
The Long Run
     (Eagles song)
Take It Easy
     (Eagles song)
          -with Tommy Shaw of STYX on guitar and banjo
Heartache tonight
     (Eagles song)
Life In The Fast Lane
     (Eagles song)
Hotel California
     (Eagles song)
        -with Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt of REO Speedwagon and Todd Sucherman of STYX



Don Felder


Don Felder



This awesome tour of good ol' Rock and Roll is still traveling across the US for the next couple of months. Check out REO Speedwagon's site to see if they are near you.

REO Speedwagon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Killer Queen

One of the world's best tribute bands, Killer Queen, hit the stage at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater on July 22, 2017, for a night of music originally performed by everyone's favorite rock band, Queen.


Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Killer Queen



Killer Queen was formed in 1993 after the death of Queen's lead man, Freddie Mercury. Their first show was for 1,000 students in London. And their popularity has grown greatly over the years as the band members follow in the footsteps of their idols.



Killer Queen

Patrick Myers and guitarist of Killer Queen

Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Killer Queen




Killer Queen is fronted by lead singer Patrick Myers, accompanied by a three piece band. Taking the role of Freddie Mercury very seriously, Myers is outfitted in Mercury-like costumes and resembles the late singer in looks and manners.


Killer Queen

Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Killer Queen

Patrick Myers and guitarist for Killer Queen
Drummer for Killer Queen



Guitarist for Killer Queen

Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Bassist for Killer Queen


Patrick Myers of Killer Queen




Setlist for Killer Queen in Austin:
One Vision
I Want It All
Tie Your Mother Down
Under Pressure
Another One Bites The Dust
You're My Best Friend
Killer Queen
Bicycle Race
Fat Bottomed girls
I Want To Break Free
Save Me
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover)
Stone Cold Crazy
Who Wants To Live Forever
Somebody To Love
Don't Stop Me Now
Radio Ga Ga

Encore: 
Bohemian Rhapsody
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions






Killer Queen


Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

bassist for Killer Queen

Killer Queen

Guitarist for Killer Queen


Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Patrick Myers of Killer Queen

Killer Queen

Killer Queen