Styx, Foreigner concert review

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Styx, Foreigner concert review

Zac Johnson, Writer

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The Soundtrack of Summer tour made its way through Kansas City on June 8, featuring Styx, Foreigner, and former Eagles member Don Felder. With rock and roll blaring and energy pulsating throughout the crowd, this concert was one for nearly all ages, as the audience was generally around 40-90 years old.

The performance featured three separate acts. Don Felder was used as the opener, Foreigner was next, and Styx followed them closing out the night. Felder and his band played an array of Eagles songs that he had written, a newer one titled “You Don’t Have Me”, and a new version of “Hotel California” featuring members of Styx. While he was just an opener it was clear that there were definitely people who had come just to see him.

Foreigner was the next act and definitely the most energized. Despite being 53, Kelly Hansen, the lead singer and frontman of Foreigner, was by far the most pumped up musician at the event. Climbing on top of crates, speakers and doing jumps seemed to be a walk in the park for him. Foreigner mainly stuck to their guns playing hits such as “Double Vision”, “Feels Like the First Time”, and “Hot Blooded”.

Closing out the night in their own fashion was Styx, who started out with “Grand Illusion”, a song that has opened dozens of their other shows. Unlike Foreigner, the crowd rarely sat down during their performance, and to me it was clear that they, indeed, were — or should have been — headlining the event. Their show featured an impressive light show, and optical illusions played on large TV’s behind the band. All of this is expected when going to see Styx, as their concerts are intended to be somewhat ‘trippy.’ Styx played hits such as “Fooling Yourself”, “Lady”, and “Come Sail Away.”

Overall the show was extremely well done, which was expected as all of the musicians that performed were extremely experienced and well-seasoned.